Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered 4G LTE network solutions that provide a pathway to 5G, recently announced a solution package for its NetCloud service that includes the new IBR1700 mobile router. The new NetCloud Solution Package for Mobile brings the benefits of software-defined wide-area networking (WAN) to first responders, transit operators, and other field force and fleet-based organizations that rely on simple-to-manage, reliable, and secure in-vehicle and mobile networks with always-on 4G LTE connectivity. This announcement is the third since Jan. 16, 2018, that introduces Cradlepoint NetCloud Solution Packages for new router endpoints for branch, mobile or IoT networking.

First responders and related organizations that depend on distributed field forces and fleets to provide products and services need reliable and secure mobile networks with always-on 4G LTE connectivity. Their people and passengers must have access to mission-critical applications and the Internet from anywhere — with data flowing from onboard telemetry, sensors, surveillance cameras and other devices. However, managing and securing roving communications hubs is a challenge for IT teams as traditional mobile solutions fail to provide enterprise-class visibility, security and control capabilities of fixed branch networks.

“Cloud, mobile computing, IoT, and 4G/5G wireless technologies are converging to create new solutions that improve the productivity, safety, and management of field workforces and fleet operations – including public safety, field service, utility, and transportation organizations,” said Lee Doyle, Principal Analyst at Doyle Research. “The resulting proliferation of mobile networks will stretch IT teams as they seek to replicate the reliability, security, and management attributes of their branch networks, making the wireless WAN the next frontier for SD-WAN technologies.”

The new Cradlepoint NetCloud Solution Package features the company’s newest ruggedized, all-in-one mobile router – the IBR1700. This new package, delivered as a service, combines the enterprise networking, security and management features that IT teams demand — including SD-WAN for LTE — with the Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) and telematics capabilities required by fleet managers.

The new solution meets the performance and security requirements of FirstNet, a nationwide wireless public safety network for first responsers, and is ready to accomodate future public safety Band 14 modems. It allows public safety organizations and government agencies to take a service-based approach to mobile networking to keep their fleets running smoothly and field teams and IoT devices always connected and protected with less resources and cost.

“We provide our law enforcement customers with a range of connected devices that depend on reliable mobile networks and 4G LTE to keep their officers and command centers always connected,” said David Raftery, Chief Revenue Officer, Integration Partners. “That’s why we’ve partnered with Cradlepoint. Their new NetCloud Solution Packages for mobile networks provide a complete, in-vehicle solution that is simple to purchase, deploy, manage and support—letting our customer focus more time on keeping the public and officers safe.”

Purpose-Build, All-in-One Mobile Solution Delivered As-A-Service
Designed to withstand extreme environments, the IBR1700 replaces multiple standalone boxes with an all-in-one mobile networking solution ideally suited for installations within a wide range of vehicles, including police, fire, ambulance, and other first responder vehicles such school and metro transit buses, light-rail and commuter trains or mobile command trailers. The IBR1700 comes standard with the following networking features:

  • Integrated 600Mpbs LTE Advanced modem and optional, field-installable modem
  • Five WAN/LAN switchable Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Advanced 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi

Built-in fleet management features enable a wide range of location-based and telematics applications, such as AVL, asset tracking with geofencing, safe driving programs and proactive vehicle maintenance:

  • Active GPS with dead reckoning
  • ODB-II port connection
  • Ignition-sensing
  • Multiple General Purpose I/O (GPIO) ports

NetCloud Perimeter is included in the base package and uses Software-Defined Perimeter technology to provide secure and persistent connections for in-vehicle IoT devices, such as sensors, cameras, PoS terminals and digital signage.

Cradlepoint’s all-inclusive NetCloud Solution Packages are delivered as a service and simplify the way customers buy, deploy, manage and evolve their edge networks, facilitating rapid deployment, time-to-value and customer success. Each package is tailored to the needs of branch, mobile or IoT networking, and combines NetCloud services, purpose-built hardware with a lifetime warranty, and comprehensive 24×7 support in to a single 1-, 3-, or 5-year subscription. The new mobile solution packages provide cloud management, SD-WAN functionality that dynamically steers traffic between two active 4G LTE cellular networks for optimal performance in all conditions, as well as unified Internet security with firewall, IPS/IDS and web filtering with pricing starting at $1,199.

“For many fleet-based organizations, their cars, trucks, buses, trains, and boats are essentially roving branches that share many of the same IT challenges as fixed sites in terms of reliability, security and management,” said Todd Krautkremer, Cradlepoint CMO. “Cradlepoint is the first to extend the benefits of SD-WAN to these mobile networks, making it quick and easy for IT teams to always keep their field forces connected, secured, and productive — and their fleet managers in control — without adding more staff or more hours in their day.”