Repost: WHY CAN’T PUBLIC SAFETY JUST USE CELL PHONES AND SMART PHONES?

VIA N5FDL AMATEUR RADIO From: National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (npstc.org) via Chris Quirk W6CJQ Why can’t public safety just use cell phones and smart phones for their mission critical voice communications? Unfortunately it’s not that simple. Although public safety regularly use cell phones, smart phones, and other commercial wireless devices and services as a secondary form of communications, these devices and systems are currently not sufficiently suited for public safety mission critical voice communications during critical incidents. Public safety officials cannot depend upon commercial systems that can be overloaded and unavailable.   Experience has shown such systems are often the most unreliable during critical incidents when public demand overwhelms the systems. Public safety officials have unique and demanding communications requirements. …

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