Initially targets the US market with 700MHz spectrum offering
Alcatel-Lucent and EADS Defence & Security have entered into an agreement to jointly develop and offer a new mobile offering designed specifically to address the public safety market in the US.
The combined offering , based on long term evolution (LTE) and public safety Project 251 (P25) standards, will provide communications to state and local public safety organisations (fire, police and ambulance departments) through a fully integrated offering based on advanced, mobile and IP technologies.
The new offering will enhance interoperable voice, video and data communications within and between public safety agencies and help streamline operations, while reducing costs associated with maintaining multiple non-interoperable networks, the companies said.
Under the agreement, EADS Defence & Security will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise in LTE offerings to complement its digital Land Mobile Radio (LMR) offering based on Project 25 (P25) standards, in a spectrum for public safety communications in North America, while Alcatel Lucent will leverage on EADS Defence & Security’s first responders worldwide, particularly for critical applications and terminals.
The companies said that they will initially define, develop, integrate and qualify a joint offering for the 700MHz spectrum to meet the requirements of the public safety markets in the US. The cooperation is expected to be eventually expanded to worldwide markets and other frequencies.
Tom Burns, president of enterprise activities at Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Communications is becoming the ‘oil’ that makes other industries run, providing new levels of efficiency and safety and delivering new applications and services that were impossible before.
“By combining our best-in-class end-to-end broadband wireless solutions with EADS’ public safety applications and technologies, we will provide first responders and public safety organizations new powerful communication tools and services.”