Assured Wireless FirstNet HPUE Scheduled for Release in Early 2021
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Assured Wireless Corporation (AWC) announced that its family of high-power user equipment (HPUE) will be available early next year. The company described the products as the first HPUE products available for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

The AW12 line of wireless modems, which have received FirstNet Ready certification, increases transmitted power up to six times higher than traditional LTE equipment. This approach significantly improves uplink data speeds at the edge of the network.

The AW12 modem and module greatly enhance access to the dedicated FirstNet network core and band 14 spectrum. The AW12 products are purpose built to support the network’s First Priority functionality, which includes always-on priority and pre-emption for first responders.

The HPUE devices for first responders deliver pervasive connectivity — the ability to connect where others cannot — to standard-power devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, vehicle routers, drones, wearable cameras, emergency medical systems and a growing ecosystem of internet-of-things (IoT) devices and biometric monitoring equipment, company officials said.

The devices will be the first to deliver high-power connectivity capabilities, said Assured Wireless Vice President of Business Development Bob Larose. The capabilities improve uplink speed in rural areas and enhance mission-critical communications in elevators, parking garages, stairwells, subways and other challenging environments.

“Thanks to our collaboration with AT&T, I believe we have built the world’s most powerful LTE devices to enhance public-safety responsiveness,” said John Goocher, CEO of Assured Wireless Corporation. “The standards-based, HPUE devices uniquely deliver the capabilities of FirstNet to first responders and provide the ability to communicate no matter where their mission takes them.”

The HPUE Power Class 1 products meet FCC, PTCRB and Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) requirements.

The AW12 High Power LTE Modem is a small, stand-alone device that interfaces with existing field routers to deliver HPUE connectivity on the AT&T network. The AW12-HP High Power LTE Module is purpose built to be embedded into routers and IoT devices to enable high-power connectivity. By incorporating the module into their latest designs, OEMs serving public-safety markets can build world-class products using industry standard interfaces.

“HPUE has been a critical element on the first responder solutions road map as envisioned by the architects of FirstNet,” said Scott Agnew, assistant vice president, product marketing, FirstNet Program at AT&T. “The introduction of these innovative new products from Assured Wireless Corporation will significantly enhance the reliability and performance of the communications tools that will help save lives and protect first responders.”

The devices work on all bands across AT&T’s network, but the high-power capabilities are only available on FirstNet’s band 14, where HPUE devices are approved for use, said Larose.

“As we worked hand-in-hand with public safety to plan for the FirstNet network, they stressed to us time and again that they needed a dedicated comprehensive device ecosystem to address their unique critical communication needs,” said Jeff Bratcher, chief technology and operations officer of the FirstNet Authority. “Leveraging the unique license aspects of the dedicated FirstNet spectrum (Band14) to support higher power user devices for use on FirstNet is another example of the FirstNet service meeting public safety’s communication needs. It is exciting to see their vision becoming reality.”

Digi International also announced that it was partnering with Assured to add HPUE to Digi’s new TX54 LTE router.

"In the public-safety sector, there's no room for downtime, dropped connections or other service disruptions," said Harald Remmert, senior director of research and innovation at Digi International. "That's why we're excited to team up with AWC and believe that the Digi TX54 now coupled with HPUE technology, provides an added edge under the most demanding critical communications conditions in urban and rural environments."

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