Trend Report: The Value of Cellular Broadband for Mission-Critical Communication

January 22, 2021

How First Responder & Government Agencies Bypass Roadblocks to Connect Vehicles, Offices, & IoT Devices

If 2020 showed us anything, it’s that government and public safety operations depend on reliable and secure connectivity. Due to the global pandemic, social unrest, and a series of catastrophic natural disasters, already-tight budgets and resources have been strained, limiting the wide-spread adoption of LTE cellular solutions. 

This trend report explores the results from a Lexipol survey of Police, EMS, FireRescue, and Local Government, commissioned by Cradlepoint to better grasp the state of public safety critical communications and key drivers impacting the rate of digital innovation. Factors include:

—  Government and the public demand for transparency and accountability.

—  Increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters.

—  Massive public sector infrastructure improvements, including privacy, cybersecurity, and cellular networks.

—  Cloud modernization, an explosion of IoT devices, and next-generation cellular networks — including those dedicated to public safety, like AT&T’s FirstNet, Verizon Response Verified, and others in development.

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