Greater communications flexibility soon will be within the grasp of some public-safety agencies, as Sonim Technologies started shipping its Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK-2) with a FirstNet Ready Cradlepoint router and announced plans to further integrate satellite and LMR capabilities into the carry-case package later this year. Bob Escalle, Sonim Technologies’ vice president for public-safety market segments, said the RDK-2 provides deployable LTE and Wi-Fi coverage in a package that is small enough to be carried to locations where a vehicular deployable is not practical. “It extends the range [of LTE by extending an access-point bubble,” Escalle said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “Think of it as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that you bring with you that has router functionality and a PoE [power-over-Ethernet] switch, with the ability to have a satellite connection for quick failover.” Perhaps most importantly, the RDK-2 is designed to be deployed quickly at an incident scene by first responders, without any need for extensive special training, Escalle said. “You don’t need to be an engineer,” he said. “You pull it out. You flip up the antennas, because the ante...