Airwave, the leading mission critical voice and data communications provider, has launched Airwave Smart Mobile, a mobile communications service designed specifically to meet the current and future needs of public service organisations.
Operating as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), the service provides access to one the UK’s largest mobile networks and enables the possibility of interaction with Airwave’s Emergency Services Network (ESN).
“We have designed Airwave Smart Mobile to help the public service community meet the challenges they face today around operational resource management, cost control, efficiency and effectiveness, while coping with ever decreasing budgets. It will also allow more users to access and benefit from the Airwave Service,” says Richard Bobbett, Chief Operating Officer, Airwave.
For the first time ever there will also be the ability to connect from a smartphone to a talkgroup on Airwave’s ESN. This is made possible by Airwave’s new Push To Talk (PTT) application, Enhance, and is controlled by the customer. Through the PTT application, users can give permission to extend their talkgroup communication beyond existing Airwave Service Users.
“There’s no need for groups like these to hold a TEA2 licence or implement additional infrastructure to use the Airwave Smart Mobile service. Enabling groups such as these to interoperate with the emergency services when necessary means incidents, actions and responses can be far better coordinated and managed,” says Richard.
Going forward, Airwave will continue to provide mission-critical and non-mission critical services to the emergency services, as well as to the wider public service community. Airwave Smart Mobile is an intrinsic element of a broader set of capabilities and services that Airwave continues to bring to market.
“We will continue delivering new capabilities that enable our customers to benefit from developments in technology. As we speak there are more applications and services in the pipeline addressing the challenges in the mobilisation of command and control, duty of care for both employee and employer, to name but a few,” concludes Richard.