PoC can replace LMR under certain circumstances, but not for mission-critical voice, speakers say

Push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) technology can allow enterprises to halt investment in LMR systems for non-mission-critical users today, but PoC solutions and broadband networks need to evolve before similar decisions could be made for mission-critical personnel, panelists said during a recent IWCE webinar.

SOURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: November 27, 2018

Brad Stoddard, director of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System, said PoC certainly can be a viable option to LMR for non-mission-critical users, but he stressed that decision makers must carefully evaluate the users’ requirements and whether PoC coverage and capabilities meet the requirements in their geographic areas.

“I think it’s easy for someone to say, ‘Well., the [PoC] technology is there, so we shouldn’t have to invest anymore [in non-mission-critical LMR systems],’ but it’s really based on what the capabilities are of that carrier and technology,” Stoddard said during the webinar. “If it’s not there in that community, then those communities—whether that be local or state—need to continue to invest in LMR. If that technology is … offered by multiple carriers [and] … provides the same level of capabilities that they expect with LMR, then that’s worthy of discussion and thought.

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