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Solving the Interoperability Riddle

By Matthew Harwood

In the near future, Covia’s plan is to use its Connector software to sync the next generation of Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphones—which can send and receive more data faster over cellular networks—with Project 25 radios, which meet certain operating standards and are more reliable in crisis situations, via a WiFi or Bluetooth connection. In November, the company delivered its plan to the Department of Homeland Security, which had awarded it a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to study first-responder interoperable communications.

Covia says that connecting these two devices via its Connector will use each technology’s strengths to maintain first-responder connectivity in difficult environments, such as a forest fire or the aftermath of a natural disaster, when cellular infrastructure is lacking or damaged.

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