New private LTE networks will enable latest iteration of old communications method
- Oct 22, 2020 5:16 pm GMT
Proponents of private LTE networks say they will help electric power companies stride boldly into the future by enabling them to get the most out of their smart grid equipment and applications, integrate distributed energy resources and improve their cyber-security, among other things. What they often don't say, but what is equally true, is that the networks also will help electric power companies and others continue using a form of communications that dates back to the Great Depression.
Push to talk (PTT) initially was deployed on land mobile radio (LMR) systems, the first of which the Bayonne, N.J. police department began operating in 1933. PTT entered the cellular era in 1996, when Nextel launched a network featuring it that was based on iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) technology, which had been developed by Motorola a few years prior.
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