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Sierra Wireless Launches LTE-Advanced Multi-Network Platform for First Responders

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Sierra Wireless, a solutions provider for IoT applications, has announced its new AirLink MG90, a high-performance LTE-Advanced vehicle networking platform that provides secure, always-on mobile connectivity.

“Sierra Wireless is the market leader in volume shipments of cellular gateways and routers, with a large installed base of high-speed mobile gateways for first responders in the North American market,” said Sam Lucero, Senior Principal Analyst for IoT, IHS Markit. “Platforms like the MG90, with its focus on multi-network switching capability, are addressing a key customer need for robust, highly-available connectivity technology options.”

Today’s mobile workforce, especially in high-intensity environments like for first responders, needs to connect more technology in and around their vehicles than ever before, and these devices need to remain securely connected at all times, even as the vehicle moves from one coverage area to another.

“First responder, transit, and field service fleets increasingly require multiple wireless networks to ensure always-on, secure communications in the field,” said Jason Krause, SVP and GM, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless. “The AirLink MG90 platform is designed to meet the demands of fleets today and in the future, enabling more informed and better equipped mobile workforces, by providing guaranteed connectivity for mission critical applications.”

The MG90’s multi-networking capability is optimized for demanding wireless applications, such as in law enforcement vehicles, which host multiple systems (body worn cameras, laptops, electronic citation systems, live digital video surveillance and automated license plate recognition systems) that all need to remain securely connected as the vehicle travels.

“Since we deployed the new AirLink MG90 in our test vehicle, we’ve been particularly impressed with its ability to connect to our two core networks—Verizon and FirstNet Band 14—at any one time,” said Josh Hearen, Deputy Sheriff, Brazos County Sheriff's Office. “Because it switches between both networks so quickly, the transition is invisible, resulting in almost no network downtime. When connected to the MG90, our officers are able to complete all of their research, paperwork and reporting remotely from the vehicle via their laptops, increasing productivity and saving the department, and taxpayers, money and superfluous man hours.”




Edited by Alicia Young

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