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Critical Infrastructure Protection Using 4.9 GHz

By: Courtney Hamby on April 14th, 2015

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Critical Infrastructure Protection Using 4.9 GHz

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shutterstock_4502431bWe want to be safe and the FCC is helping. The FCC reserves valuable radio frequencies for public safety authorities that can be used for Ultra-Reliable wireless video surveillance. These frequencies are very advantageous and are available across the United States. A license is completely free, it's easy to get and typically can be obtained in 48 hours. The FCC has only issued licenses in less than 3% of potential coverage areas so these frequencies have incredibly low background noise. The use of these reserved frequencies can enable our city's safety professionals to better provide for our individual safety. The reserved public safety frequencies are in the 4.9Ghz “Public Safety Band” and is protected by the FCC to ensure that only authorized public safety usage is allowed. This restriction enhances video reliability because the radio can operate without potential interference from consumer products that share the unlicensed 5Ghz, 2.4Ghz or 900Mhz bands. Huge installation growth opportunities exist now that 4.9Ghz radios cost the same as 5Ghz unlicensed radios and free licensing webinars are enabling quick licensing for immediate deployment.

Critical infrastructure protection:

The US government believes the electric grid is a high probability target for a future domestic terrorist attack. Analysts estimate that widespread destruction of the electric power grid could cause 90% of the US population to perish in less than 12 months. In the past, hurricane Katrina caused regional loss of electricity for just 10 days resulting in uncivilized societal breakdown. On April 16, 2013 a team of gunmen opened fire on the Metcalf Substation in San Jose, California, destroying 17 primary transformers causing $15M in damage. If the gunmen had disabled two additional substations in the area, power could have been cut to the San Jose area for days or weeks. In response, PG&E announced that it intended to spend $100 million over a three year span on upgrading security at its substations. It is anticipated that US Federal Government will also be substantially increasing spending to defend the electric grid from physical attacks.

The electric grid is a complex interconnected network of many thousands of physical locations with only a fraction using video surveillance equipment that supports remote monitoring of the location. The deployment of 4.9GHz wireless video systems has occurred at a few substations around the US with the video quickly accessible to allow for an accelerated police response.

We are all safer when police are better enabled to quickly respond to physical attacks to our critical infrastructure (electric, water, gas, transportation, etc) but also to locations where 4.9GHz wireless video is being used to protect public safety within our cities.

The US government provided the 4.9GHz frequencies in 2003 with the aim to improve the safety of each citizen. Surprisingly, the band has been scarcely used due to two common complaints: (1) the radio equipment is too expensive and (2) obtaining a license is too complex. AvaLAN has overcome these obstacles by affordably pricing our new high-security 4.9GHz radios at the same as our 5GHz and offering free webinars, Q&A sessions, pre-sales system design and experienced technical support.

Find out who can get a 4.9GH Public Safety License and How here.  

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