Panasonic, Cradlepoint deliver mobile computing for first responders

Panasonic and Cradlepoint announced the commercial availability of an integrated mobile computing and connectivity networking solution. Designed for public safety and EMS agencies as well as transportation and utilities industries, the mobile computing and connectivity solution supports both commercial 4G-LTE and the emerging FirstNet public safety networks based on Band-14.

This new solution combines Panasonic’s reliable Toughbook devices with a rugged Cradlepoint cloud-managed 4G-LTE router providing a “vehicle area network” to connect computers, cameras, sensors and telemetry interfaces together with access to commercial and emerging FirstNet broadband wireless networks.

“In today’s challenging and increasingly mobile-centric work environment, users must have the ability to link all of their devices regardless of where their job takes them. For first responders, lives depend on their ability to access and share information, and communicate in real-time in order to provide critical services quickly, reliably and efficiently,” said Victoria Obenshain vice president of Wireless Strategy, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “Panasonic is bringing together all of the computing, in-vehicle connectivity and support services together to keep today’s data-driven mobile workforce and first responders—and the rugged devices they rely upon to do their job—always connected.”

“Growing automation, innovation and regulation within public safety organizations is driving a shift from device-by-device connectivity to a ‘vehicle area network’ approach,” said George Mulhern, CEO of Cradlepoint. “We are pleased to collaborate with Panasonic and be part of their quest to equip first responders with a purpose-built technology solution they need for the daily challenges they face. Cradlepoint is the first to combine cloud management, software-defined networking and advanced 4G LTE technologies—like Band-14—into a vehicle-based network solution for first responders.”

Sales inquiries for Panasonic’s Toughbook and Toughpad product lines should be directed to [email protected] or 877-803-8492.

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