Sierra Wireless Module Powers FirstNet Certified Router for Public Safety Applications

Sierra Wireless’ AirLink MG90 High-Performance Multi-Network Vehicle Router, based on AirPrime EM7511 embedded module, is now certified and approved for use on FirstNet. It is the first device of its kind to achieve the FirstNet Ready designation.

FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), FirstNet is bringing public safety agencies a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need.

The FirstNet Ready AirLink MG90 router supports FirstNet’s First Priority – which includes priority and pre-emption for first responders – and FirstNet’s 700MHz Band 14 spectrum. The AirPrime EM7511 LTE-Advanced Pro Embedded Module was also recently approved by AT&T and is the first embedded module available for the FirstNet network. Before being certified and approved for use on FirstNet, devices are subject to hundreds of tests that cover a number of aspects, from security and durability to network impacts. This helps make sure that they can meet the needs of first responders.

The AirLink MG90, a high-performance vehicle multi-networking platform, is purpose-built to provide secure, always-on connectivity for mission-critical applications in public safety, transit and field services. The newest variant supports LTE-Advanced Pro (Cat-12 speeds) and can switch seamlessly between FirstNet Band 14 wireless spectrum and other U.S. commercial mobile networks, with dual concurrent Gigabit Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet and extensions to Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and satellite systems.

Part of the AirPrime EM75 Series, the new EM7511 embedded module provides 4G LTE Advanced Pro Cat-12 coverage, including FirstNet Band 14, with 3G fallback and integrated GNSS, delivering up to 600 Mbps downlink speed and 150 Mbps uplink speed. The module will enable IoT device manufacturers to deliver new solutions to the public safety community.

Availability

EM7511 modules are available now for OEM testing and integration. AirLink MG90 routers with support for LTE-Advanced Pro and FirstNet Band 14 are commercially available through Sierra Wireless’ authorized channel partners. Options to upgrade existing AirLink MG90 units that are already currently deployed are also available.

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