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The Vehicle Router that Helps First Responders Save Lives Faster

by Dave Markland, Senior Manager, Product Management

AirLink® MP70 Gives Mobile Workforces Uncompromised Connectivity to Improve Responsiveness and Safety

First responders and field services teams need access to reliable and secure connectivity at all times. The importance of uncompromised communications for mission critical workforces can literally keep communities out of harm’s way and save lives, by enabling teams to respond quicker, and perform critical duties more efficiently.

The new AirLink® MP70 Vehicle Router from Sierra Wireless provides the industry’s fastest vehicle area network for mobile workforces in public safety, field services and transit. With LTE-Advanced, Gigabit Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, the MP70 enables multiple high-bandwidth applications to work simultaneously, more than 10 times faster and four times further from the vehicle than ever before.

To find out more, view the on-demand webinar, “Connecting in-vehicle technologies to improve safety and responsiveness,” or download the data sheet.

For example, a typical law enforcement vehicle hosts a laptop for dispatch and records management, an electronic citation system, video surveillance cameras, body-worn cameras and automated license plate recognition systems. Using the MP70, all of these systems can connect to a high-speed vehicle area network, and share a secure broadband cellular connection that enables officers and dispatchers to access all of the systems in real time with no service interruption.

AirLink network management solutions make it possible for an entire network of AirLink MP70 routers, field applications and mobile assets, to be remotely managed and monitored over a single platform in the cloud or in the enterprise data center. With its hardened aluminum casing, the MP70 is purpose-built for vehicle environments.

“We trialed the MP70 router to connect our in-vehicle computers and provide a Wi-Fi hotspot for our team to access critical database records onsite in real time during emergencies,” said Greg Katz, Lieutenant, Billerica MA Police Department. “Right out of the box, we were impressed by the MP70’s top-notch, ruggedized form factor—with hardened aluminum casing, it’s clearly designed for turbulent vehicle environments. We are also very impressed with its reliable LTE connectivity and, because it offers 4-port Gigabit Ethernet, we will be able to support more in-vehicle equipment, such as video cameras and ALPR, bringing the full functionality of our office network to our patrol officers.”

The list price for the MP70 is $1049 USD, which includes AirLink Management Service (ALMS) for three years with orders placed in 2016, and is available through Sierra Wireless’s authorized channel partners.