Cradlepoint LTE Network offerings now certified as FirstNet Ready, provides resilient branch, mobile, IoT connectivity

Cradlepoint, vendor of cloud-delivered 4G and 5G wireless network edge solutions, announced this week that its MC400 Modem Module has received FirstNet Ready status and approval – joining FirstNet’s nationwide LTE ecosystem for first responder solutions.

FirstNet is a nationwide communications platform dedicated to America’s public safety. It helps first responders connect to the critical information they need every day and in every emergency. Being built with AT&T, in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet is bringing public safety a long overdue and much-needed technology upgrade. It helps to improve first responders’ efficiency, safety and response times by enabling better field and inter-agency coordination using new connected devices and applications.

The device certification is for a new version of Cradlepoint’s field-upgradeable MC400 Modem Module, a plug-in 4G LTE modem for compatible IBR and AER series router solutions. This modular approach enables Cradlepoint to deliver FirstNet Ready solutions – both to new as well as existing customers – that address a set of first responder connectivity challenges, including distributed sites, vehicles, mobile command centers, and an array of in-vehicle and in-the-field IoT devices such as sensors, cameras, drones and robots.

Compatible Cradlepoint router platforms for FirstNet Ready MC400 Modem Module include IBR1700 Series, a ruggedized, all-in-one mobile router and connectivity hub that is purpose-built for in-vehicle and mobile command center deployments. It includes an MC400 module slot and an embedded LTE modem (600Mbps), tri-radio concurrent Gigabit Wi-Fi, 5 switched Gigabit Ethernet ports, precision GPS/GNSS with dead reckoning, OBD-II connection for onboard vehicle diagnostics, and USB, serial and GPIO ports for IoT and vehicle integrations.

The IBR900 and IBR1100 Series is a ruggedized, compact mobile router that is purpose-built for in-vehicle connectivity and in the field IoT deployments. It includes an embedded LTE modem with 3G fallback, dual concurrent Gigabit Wi-Fi and two Gigabit Ethernet port, and active GPS. An expansion dock accommodates a FirstNet Ready MC400 Modem Module and as well as two 10/100 Ethernet and GPIO ports for the IBR900.

The IBR600C Series delivers a low-cost, semi-ruggedized, and compact IoT gateway with an embedded LTE modem with 3G fallback, Wi-Fi and a Gigabit Ethernet port, and passive GPS. An expansion dock accommodates a FirstNet Ready MC400 Modem Module and as well as two 10/100 Ethernet and GPIO ports. The AER1600 and AER2200 Series is an all-in-one branch routers with an MC400 module slot and embedded LTE modem (600Mbps), dual concurrent Gigabit Wi-Fi, and up to 10 switched Gigabit Ethernet ports with power over Ethernet support.

“We’re pleased to welcome Cradlepoint to the FirstNet ecosystem, giving first responders access to more trusted solutions that they can use on their network,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T-FirstNet. “Cradlepoint’s FirstNet Ready™ MC400 Modem Module will continue to expand first responders’ capabilities, improve their operational effectiveness and increase their situational awareness to help keep them safe.”

Over 2,000 public safety organizations, including first responders within 10 of the largest U.S. cities, rely on Cradlepoint 4G LTE network solutions to provide mission-critical connectivity and security for fixed site, vehicle, and IoT networks.

By developing a new FirstNet Ready version of its plug-in, MC400 Modem Module, Cradlepoint brings FirstNet reliability and capabilities to new and existing first responder customers. All MC400-equipped IBR and AER series LTE routers support FirstNet’s critical functionality as well as public safety Band 14 spectrum. The certification process included hundreds of testing hours that cover a wide range of functional aspects, from security and durability to network impacts.

“FirstNet is a game-changer for LA County’s first responders and how we use connected technology to protect and serve our communities more effectively while improving the efficiency and safety of our men and women in uniform,” said Battalion Chief Kyle Zuniga, with LA-RICS. “To take full advantage of FirstNet’s priority, preemption and Band 14 capabilities across our operational area – from vehicles with cameras, sensors and computing devices to drones, robots, and surveillance systems, and even stations – we need a variety of FirstNet Ready router solutions for mobile, IoT and fixed site deployments.”

“Cradlepoint’s new FirstNet Ready MC400 Modular Modem provides us with a simple way to field-upgrade existing Cradlepoint solutions in our fleet to support FirstNet when we are ready. We also value the dual-modem capability that allows us to utilize FirstNet alongside other carrier connections,” said Battalion Chief Dale Rolfson, IT Manager with the Indianapolis Fire Department. “The Cradlepoint solutions have offered us the stability we’ve never had — and with NetCloud Manager, my team can manage and troubleshoot our mobile networks remotely — keeping our firefighters and vehicles always connected and ready for action.”

“Cradlepoint has a long-standing commitment to ‘Connect and Serve’ the first responder community with police, fire or EMS customers now spanning all 50 states and several U.S. territories,” said George Mulhern, Cradlepoint CEO, and chairman. “Achieving FirstNet Ready™ status for our portfolio of MC400-compatible network solutions continues this commitment and allows us to extend the benefits of FirstNet to both new and existing first responder customers with an easy-to-buy and easy-to-field-upgrade approach.”

The FirstNet Ready MC400 Modem Module, model number MC400-600M-C-AT is currently available for NetCloud Solution Packages of compatible IBR and AER series LTE routers.


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