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Enhancing Emergency Response: The Case for Converged Wireless Systems

Jim Lilienfeld  (Sr. Manager, Southeast Region, Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. (ADRF))

Location: W230C

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Track: In-Building Wireless, First Responder Communications

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, LMR, NextGen 911, Regulatory, System Resiliency

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

In emergency situations, the initial 911 call is more likely to come from a citizen at the scene than a trained first responder, which emphasizes the importance of deploying emergency responder communication enhancement systems (ERCES) and commercial in-building wireless equipment to improve cellular connectivity for everyone. An optimal way to achieve this goal is to integrate both systems within the same enclosures to save costs on time and materials.

Often referred to as converged wireless systems, they are vital to ensure a holistic emergency communication environment for all parties. In this session, hear why there has been resistance by AHJs (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) to shared infrastructure in the past and how that's changed with the latest IFC and NFPA fire codes. Review a case study demonstrating the pros and cons of different converged system architectures as well as the logistics of deployment and network design.

Key Takeaways
- Develop practical insight into the evolving landscape of emergency communication.
- Appreciate the significance and benefits of converged wireless systems in light of the growing need to provide citizens (and not just first responders) with connectivity during emergencies.
- Learn the pros and cons of different converged system architectures as well as the logistics of deployment and design through case studies.