Sunday, August 16, 2009

Verizon Wireless Connects Land Mobile Radios with Push to Talk

Verizon Wireless is expanding the reach of traditional Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems by interconnecting with Push to Talk users on the Verizon Wireless network. In September, Verizon Wireless' Push to Talk LMR Interoperability Solution will provide organizations with the ability to integrate the company's Push to Talk service with existing radio systems to create a broader LMR footprint that includes its nationwide wireless network.

The solution requires the deployment of an LMR Gateway and software, provided by Catalyst or Link Communications, which serve as an interface between LMR handsets, two-way radios, and mobile or base stations to the Push to Talk handsets on the Verizon Wireless network.

"By integrating Push to Talk into the radio system, organizations virtually eliminate a common complaint of first responders - missing a dispatch. The additional coverage provided by the Verizon Wireless nationwide network provides another layer of reliability to the LMR system. First responders also benefit with this solution because multiple agencies with different technologies can now communicate by using the Verizon Wireless Push to Talk module. This solution resolves the issues associated with interoperability," said Allan Overcast, president and chief executive officer, Link Communications.

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