Cradlepoint Brings SD-WAN to LTE Networks for First Responders, Fleets

Orginally published February 13, 2018

Cradlepoint, an LTE-focused software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) vendor, introduced a new router that will allow it to extend its SD-WAN service to first responders, transit operators, and other field force and fleet-based organizations.

Because of their mobile nature, many of these customers rely upon a 4G LTE connection. The IBR1700 router is designed to be installed and connected to a vehicle’s ignition. It features an OBD-II port that performs vehicle diagnostics and will support two concurrent LTE connections across two different carriers.

It is also “ruggedized,” meaning the router can withstand vibration, extreme temperatures, and other environmental factors.

“First responders rely on constant data communications with their command center and other responders, which means they need to have an always-on WAN connection,” said Cradlepoint CMO Todd Krautkremer. “Just like in a branch, SD-WAN allows traffic to be steered down the optimal LTE connections at any time depending on policy.”

The LTE-focused SD-WAN service also provides Internet security with a firewall, intrusion detection systems/intrusion prevention systems (IPS/IDS), and web filtering.

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