During emergencies or natural disasters, wireless infrastructure may be damaged or the network could become overloaded with a surge of user devices trying to connect to the main network—whether it’s Internet service providers, public safety agencies, local and state governments or industrial companies. Temporary and transportable, deployable networks can help establish critical connections when it counts.
Deployable networks are portable wireless platforms complete with radios, antennas, cable, power with battery or generator back-up, video cameras and large electronic visual displays. Depending on the application, radios may operate in a point-to-multipoint (PMP) or point-to-point (PTP) configuration, in licensed or unlicensed bands, with 3GPP-standard LTE or non-LTE air interfaces, and in line-of-sight (LOS) or non line-of-sight (NLOS) modes.
Deployable networks can enable cameras and a visual message sign (VMS) on a trailer so Departments of Transportation (DOTs) can manage safe traffic flows around highway construction sites or accidents. An LTE Band 14 eNodeB mounted on an expandable tower trailer at urban or suburban locations supports fire, police and EMS multimedia communications during a natural disaster. Or, on the same platform, a PTP system radio terminal can provide a PTP backhaul connection to central command. Deployable networks can also provide short-term mobile services to field workers in a remote oilfield or open pit mine.