The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the way consumer devices connect and communicate. Encompassing new platforms and devices, emerging IoT networks are bridging together diverse technologies. From TVs and toasters to fire alarms and fitness trackers, IoT networks of “smart” devices are efficiently able to communicate and exchange data autonomously. And more devices and sensors can easily be added at any time.
Embracing the power of IoT and its ability to extend unlocks the possibility of developing a public safety platform that can evolve with an organization – one that can grow and change as agencies mature and expand.
Imagine the possibilities for the future of public safety.
Today’s public safety officers utilize a number of critical devices – from radios to body-worn cameras. Often, these devices span across different brands and systems. Managing and making sense of this diversity of products and technology within the public safety communications ecosystem can be a challenge. It’s critical that these devices are able to communicate effectively and integrate into one seamless system. Much like today’s IoT “smart” device networks, the public safety communications platform of the future needs to allow for the open exchange of data and information across diverse devices.
This system should also be able to grow in tandem with organizations as they expand and their needs change. The ecosystem needs to be able to seamlessly and conveniently add new devices, sensors and other technologies. The platform should also be able to adapt to emerging capabilities and functionalities – including new applications and programs – enabling officers to stay on the leading edge of public safety-focused technology.
Ultimately, the radio of the future must be built upon a platform of extensibility and connectivity – providing public safety organizations with a communications system that can grow and evolve along with their unique needs.
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