July 24, 2017

Nokia boosts public safety in Fresno

Nokia's network in Fresno will be used by police officers, amongst other officials.
Nokia's network in Fresno will be used by police officers, amongst other officials.

Nokia is modernising the communications network of the County of Fresno, California to strengthen the region’s emergency response capabilities and enhance public safety.

Nokia’s job is to upgrade the network using microwave packet radio and Internet Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) technology, providing secure, resilient and reliable data links for first responders and County facilities.

The network provides the backhaul capabilities for Fresno County’s digital trunked radio system used by police, firefighters and other public safety personnel. Once established, the network can also be utilised to support services for other public agencies.

Nokia notes that the agreement highlights its “growing momentum around the delivery of mission-critical networks for markets beyond traditional communications service providers”. Public safety is a particularly attractive opportunity, as local governments need to bring outdated communications infrastructure up to date.

“Regional and municipal governments like the County of Fresno rely on communications networks for their most critical services, specifically public safety,” Bob Fennelly, head of Nokia’s North American public sector business, says. “As service providers de-commission leased TDM services and public sector players move to replace their increasingly obsolete networks, they are looking for technology that will serve their needs well into the future, and has the capacity and flexibility to meet evolving requirements while supporting current legacy infrastructure needs.”