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Next-Gen Tech Puts More Safety in First Responders’ Hands

Jon Brown Jon Brown, Stockhouse
4 Comments| March 31, 2022

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When the industry’s top minds gathered in Las Vegas at this year’s International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in March, speakers at the premier critical communications event noted that FirstNet connectivity is gaining traction as a mission-critical-voice alternative to traditional land-mobile-radio (LMR) technology.

The First Responder Network Authority or FirstNet is a nationwide public safety broadband network. It is a seamless, IP-based cellular communications network that gives first responders dedicated multimedia capabilities using Band 14 on the FirstNet core, along with AT&T’s other spectrum bands.

This services the core business of Siyata Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: SYTA, , Forum), who is engaged in the sale of rugged handsets and vehicle mounted, cellular-based push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) communications solutions over advanced 4G/LTE mobile networks, and cellular boosters. SYTA works with all major PTT vendors and sells through most major North American carriers and made news earlier this year when it joined an integrated internet of things (IoT) radio solution partnership with ESChat.

ESChat’s PTT solution was one of the first applications included in the FirstNet app catalog years ago, and has been utilized as augmentations to LMR systems, which has been a foundation of public safety communications for more than 90 years. However, that position is changing, with multiple entities converting to use PTT for their most important mission-critical communications needs while shuttering aging LMR networks that need expensive upgrades.

Siyata’s latest offering, the IP67 rated, ruggedized SD-7 push-to-talk device is a game changer for the industry. The SD7 has been designed from the ground up for primary first responders (fire, police, ambulance), secondary support personnel as well as any enterprise, government and military. The SD7 looks and functions like a LMR radio, but it has the guts of a 4G/LTE smartphone thus provides quick connects on unified public cellular 4G/LTE networks with a data-only rate plan. This single purpose device is an easy-to-use voice communication tool for mission critical applications.

Cost savings:

For Dallas, GA., a city of just over 11,500, the existing LMR network was reaching end of life, and the twon was informed an upgrade would cost over US$2 million not adding the necessary resoucres for adminstering hte buildout plan and the ongoing maintenance costs associated with owning an LMR system. By opting for PTT with FirstNet, the town will get greater coverage than it would with LMR at a cost of less than $200,000 with mininal plan headache and no network maintenance obligations.

Dallas, GA. has used Sonim XP8 as its PTT device operating on the FirstNet system. The city’s police force is currently in testing the Siyata S7 that leverages WiFi and supports dual-carrier connectivity. The Siyata device only supports push-to-talk communications, so carrier connectivity can be provided through IoT rate plans that are fraction of the cost of a monthly rate plan for a smart device with access to the internet.

The first-mover advantage:

All the great movers in the telecommunication trade are said to be getting in with this, essentially from the ground floor, and are in place to assist push the tech forward. It appears to have been a seamless integration for Siyata Mobile so far. With PTT, customers do not have to maintain towers, and if a device fails, it can be replaced with minimal hassle. Further, the coverage is better than what LMR provides, with no dead spots.

On the right track to a higher share price, Siyata stock has climbed more than 6% in the last month.

(Siyata Mobile Inc. stock chart February 28 to March 29, 2022, click to enlarge.)

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