While we’re at ISC, wireless folks gather at CTIA



Long-term evolution (LTE)? Now that’s a cool phrase. I just read it in a release from Verizon Wireless. While a lot of us will be at ISC West at the Sands Convention Center this week, the folks from the wireless space will be nearby at CTIA Wireless 2010®.

Poised to make the announcement at the show, Verizon Wireless confirmed it’s building the country’s first 4G network called LTE for Long Term Evolution.  Ecosystem partners (hey, I keep hearing that phrase in the security industry too), plan to launch the fourth generation later this year.  Trials conducted by Verizon report the network will support download speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and peak upload speeds of 20 to 25 Mbps. The Verizon Wireless infrastructure is running on a nationwide license won at auction in 2008 and the LTE network will deploy broadband technology expected to extend deeply and robustly into the commercial building space.

Maybe the security industry should take its cues from the wireless segment and also focus on long-term evolution in its products--isn’t that what integration and convergence are all about?  – Deborah L. O’Mara