Verizon Demos New Connected Police Vehicle Prototype
Thursday, June 30, 2022 | Comments

Verizon Frontline debuted its latest public-safety communications innovation at the 2022 National Sheriffs’ Association annual conference.

Verizon Frontline’s Mobile Utility Technology Transport (MUTT) is a one-of-a-kind, reimagined police cruiser capable of leveraging the network and technology of Verizon Frontline, including Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband (UW), along with additional applications and advanced computing solutions for first responders.

The Verizon Frontline Response Team developed the vehicle, a refurbished Chevrolet Tahoe, with input from a number of public-safety agencies, to serve as an example of what the police cruiser of the future may look like from a communications perspective. Incorporating a number of connectivity options, Verizon Frontline’s MUTT is designed to provide first responders with access to everything from 4G LTE, 5G Nationwide and 5G UW connectivity to mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT), GMRS and LMR communications capabilities.

Verizon Frontline’s MUTT also features a built-in kit allowing it to deploy a drone to provide first responders on the scene of an emergency with situational awareness or to stream video in near-real time back to an emergency operations center (EOC).

While a number of police cruisers today rely on either a single router or a MiFi, Verizon Frontline’s MUTT features two routers. This enables public-safety agencies to dedicate one to the heavy data usage required by video, such as that streamed from a bodycam or a drone, and another to remaining communications needs such as support for CAD or voice and data service.

Verizon Frontline’s MUTT will also feature two laptops, a tablet, a smartphone, a printer and an onboard server. The MUTT will be able to serve as a mobile, dedicated private network, and will help ensure first responders on the frontlines have access to the secure, reliable mission-critical communications capabilities they need, when they need them most.

The Verizon Frontline Response Team plans to add satellite connectivity to the MUTT’s suite of communications options and are also exploring potential use cases for the vehicle or a fleet of similar vehicles moving forward.

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