California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 25

Unifying First Responders with Unique Push-to-Talk Application By David Simon, Product Manager, Applications, Harris Corporation While LMR (Land Mobile Radio) is the proven technology for first responder communications, radio coverage is inherently limited to the geography covered by the radio sites. With an emphasis on providing constant connectivity for senior leadership, regardless of their physical location, the combination of LMR and LTE (Long Term Evolution) PTT (push-to-talk) applications provides connectivity never before possible. The Harris PTT solution, BeOn®, is available on Android™, Windows® PC and iOS™ platforms, and is the first application to support managed group and push-to-talk communications utilizing most consumer smart phones. Public safety users have begun to take advantage of the increased range offered by PTT. BeOn – The Secret Weapon BeOn provides a connection between existing, traditional radio systems and other IP networks, including commercial cellular 3G, 4G and LTE networks, and WiFi or LANs. It enables push-to-talk voice, presence and situational awareness via smartphone, whether personal, consumer or agency issued. With BeOn, senior staff and commanders are able to participate in incident communications or monitor situations even outside of their traditional radio service area, significantly bolstering the any mission-critical system. The application consists of a server with its own firewall that is linked to the radio FALL 2013 | California Police Chief 25