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How spectrum can save lives

Zafar Anjum | July 15, 2013
Motorola Solutions’s Bharat Bhatia, Regional Director, Government Affairs for the APAC and Middle East regions, speaks on public protection, spectrum harmonisation and why Asia is leading in this area.

 When I ask him how come SingTel already has deployed LTE whereas the government communications systems are yet to have it, he replies, "SingTel has LTE so LTE commercial is available but LTE public safety is different from the LTE commercial. It will be available once the spectrum for that is (available). Spectrum for LTE commercial is already given by IDA two years back and they have already launched with most of the phones here. Not everywhere but many of the places have done this but this one, the LTE public safety, IDA will announce the spectrum date. They mentioned to us they will do it and once they do that, the police will start working on the trials.

"We have already conducted a trial here. So we brought the LTE system, we had five cars actually equipped with these and went around. One of the cars had six cameras and as they cruised along the roads, they could actually take the number plates of all the cars, front and back and the side, analyse the car and find out whether the car was stolen or whether the car had any problem and within seconds, tell the person that this particular car there is something wrong."

He tells me that Motorola has special applications like the automatic licence plate recognition software which they provide as a solution to their customers.

Spectrum harmonisation

"We are trying to harmonise the spectrum for videos and restart up for all the Asia Pacific countries," says Bhatia.

"The first thing is that in the 2015 conference, we will have the spectrum for the broadband PPDR, we call it the BBPPDR. So broadband PPDR spectrum will get defined and also by that time most countries would have made that decision as to where they are going. So we would have the spectrum identified and the system will start rolling and all that. So that is the immediate thing.

"What happens after that? So the basic network becomes viable and what comes next is that what more you can do with it for example you could do video analytics, you could do the number crunching, you could do, in fact our CPU does it very nicely that you can wear glass and if you are chasing somebody or doing something, it will automatically analyse his face and get the recognition and all those kinds of things. Once you have the video pipe available and a secured pipe, not that you can give it in the public vendor and somebody starts misusing it. So it's a secured pipe and once you have the pipe available, you could do hundreds of things in trying to promote public safety.


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