Deployed: Critical Communications Network for Public Safety

Situation:

Following the immense pressure on cellular networks during large events, and emergencies, New York City officials realized they could no longer rely on private data. What they needed was a dedicated, high-speed, wireless network that would allow for the immediate dissemination of information, no matter the environment. This network would deliver ad-hoc field office abilities with direct access to the core municipal network that served as the backbone for agencies citywide.

The extension was needed to allow public safety officers the ability to connect their field operations hubs with the main network back at headquarters, allowing access to criminal and civil databases, surveillance data, and voice & video communications.

Solution:

Through its continuing work with area partners and the City of New York, BATS delivered an adaptive microwave network unique solution, which were configured to deliver data and communications to New York City’s various Mobile Communications Centers. The command vehicles were outfitted with radio system equipment, full-service VoIP telephony, and advanced surveillance systems used for on-site support of Police and Fire operations during significant events.

BATS utilized both the DVM and BTS platforms to design a flexible wireless backhaul network that is able to meet the bandwidth requirements needed for real time voice and data communications for mobile command center deployments. The links were achieved by placing dedicated point to point (PTP) radios, like the Cambium PTP600; on both sides of the link to transport high-speed, low-latency voice and data communications.

Eight BATS systems were placed at key sites to provide maximum coverage to the city. Two BTS-25 systems were installed atop the Empire State Building, three BTS-50 systems at high building sites in Manhattan, while the remaining 3 BTS-50's were installed at area hospitals. A DVM-30 antenna system was mounted on a 50-foot mast on New York City’s rapid response vehicle, while four BTS-25 Sleds are available as Rapid Deploy Field Units.

As a result of work done by BATS and its partners, this network is able to deliver an optimized broadband connection in under a few minutes with a throughput of up to 200 Mbps and minimal latency.

Combined, this configuration provides operators in New York City with 360° PTP coverage, allowing for a fully functional public safety network with redundant operations centers in the event of a wide-scale attack or natural disaster.