4.9 GHz Frequency Database Module

The telecommunications industry is on the verge of an exciting development in regards to providing classic digital services in the mobile environment. The changes will provide a list of services, applications, and features that will greatly impact the manner in which public safety is able to provide services. The potential of convergence of classic digital services will provide an opportunity previously unprecedented for public safety.

The FCC has allocated a significant amount of spectrum at 4.9 GHz for just this type of implementation. There are public safety groups working closely with the manufacturing community, federal interests, and standards bodies to create a "tweaked" 802.11 series standard that includes all of the functionality of Wi-Fi, but operating at a frequency that is exclusive to public safety.

The potentials are enormous. Public safety technology usually takes a back seat to the exploding commercial market in the wireless world. This translates to significant cost to public safety because public safety can not provide a market nearly as large as the commercial market. In this case, public safety can take advantage of the development in the commercial market and with very little alteration, make it work in our own field.

For those of us in the public safety environment, all of those high tech applications you have heard of and perhaps wished for and have actually seen in the commercial world, may now be within grasp. Not only technically, but also financially.

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