One aspect I find amazing when it comes to our mobile connectivity solutions is the amount of different inquires we receive from diverse entities. The versatility and use cases seem endless for this product. Spring, and even fall of this year, we hear from city managers wanting to utilize mobile routers for their City Sewer Trucks because of flooding in the area. Around harvest we hear from farmers who want connectivity in their farming equipment. Another use we've got called for in spring, is tornadoes taking out the town's internet. Natural disasters are a perfect example of why these devices are just so important. This week we want to talk about the benefits in disaster management a Sierra Wireless mobile router can provide.
During a time of emergency, the first thing the majority of people would do is dial 9-1-1. Imagine if that call couldn’t go through? You would feel lost and helpless, having a reliable connection is extremely important in today’s world.
I must admit, I joined the pop-culture group of people who love to listen to true crime podcasts and are intrigued by the Summer of Sam era. I know...you're wondering what this has to do with mobile routers.
There is something that stuck out to me personally while listening to these stories - The lack of communication between departments during that time in history, and how that could've changed everything. Fast forward to today, we can be connected and communicate all the time. With that said, we still have come across departments that seem to be stuck in the times of transmitters in patrol cars!
For this reason, the team here at KELTEK thought it would be wise to educate our audience on the benefits of Sierra Wireless AirLink® Routers. The reliable communication they provide and the dedicated public safety network you can get with them.
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King Jr
1. Reliable Connectivity
When you are working in an industry where you put your life on the line for the sake of others, you need to be taken care of as well. To do your job most effectively you need a reliable connection to your department and coworkers. In today's communication landscape, we've gone way beyond the radio. There are a variety of communication tools at your disposal. If you want to send video or location information in real-time a mobile router installed in your fleet vehicle is a great option.
2. Network Swapping
You also have access to network redundancy while using a Sierra AirLink® Router. These routers have a sub-second network switching to the highest strength network signal, so you don't skip a beat with your network coverage. Rural communities used to be a tough place to get a good signal, but with the redundancy of communications, you can keep your department live and on the map at all times.
3. Multiple Devices
Sierra's routers can connect up to 110 devices to your mobile router at one time. This means at high traffic public events, after a major natural disaster, or any mission-critical situation where most of your department is on the scene, you all have a reliable connection with a dedicated public safety line. Your team will not be bogged down by civilian use of a network, there is now FirstNet, Verizon, and US Cellular that all have data plans that give you the ability to receive a dedicated network in the public safety industry. There's a peace of mind knowing that you can easily communicate with your team during mission-critical events.
4. Vehicle Telemetry
The AirLink® Mobility Manager (AMM) feature of these mobile routers is really impressive and detailed. This application configures real-time reports from your fleet vehicles. From vehicle diagnostics allowing you to see any error codes or problems going on within the vehicle. There's also link utilization, giving you the ability to see a time-based depiction of network connection & which networks your router switched to. All of the dashboard's information can be accessed remotely for higher insight and control of your vehicles.
Ask us about our service program that gives departments quarterly fleet reports via email, these updates include but are not limited to:
- Coverage Maps – fleet-wide cellular coverage maps to assess overall carrier or network performance
- Coverage Trails – connectivity for individual vehicles by location
- Link Utilization – time-based view of connectivity status for each active WAN link
- Availability Trend – the percentage of in-service time that individual gateways were accessible over-the-air
- Bandwidth Consumption – the volume of data received/transmitted on each network
These routers are purpose-built for vehicles. Having a mobile office is ideal for any first responder and these routers are rugged enough for the job. They can withstand more vibration than a standard router. Getting your in-car or body-worn camera videos sent in real-time is ideal for evidence capturing or mission-critical information getting sent back to base without having to wait. Another feature is mobile multi-network security, so you don't need to worry about your data being breaching while it's transferring to its final destination.
To learn more about the benefits and use cases for the various AirLink® models stay tuned to our blog and subscribe to our newsletter - there's more to come on mobile routers!
Registration is now open for our 2019 Roadshow, this is an event you don't want to miss out on! This year the event will be held on October 9th 2019, with a hospitality night in your honor the night before. Go ahead, write that down, put it on your calendar. Free food and drinks on KELTEK : ✔️
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