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Interim Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing

March 27, 2015

By Sheriff Richard Stanek, FirstNet Board member
On March 4, 2015, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing – led by co-chairs Charles Ramsey, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and Laurie Robinson, Professor at George Mason University – released its interim report on 21st Century Policing (Report). The Report features six “pillars”, or categories, on how policing practices can build public trust and promote effective crime reduction, and it includes input from community members, law enforcement officers, associations, stakeholders, academic experts, and civic leaders.

NIST, NTIA, DOD Agree to Facilitate Testing and Evaluation of Wireless Spectrum-Sharing Methods

March 26, 2015

This blog is a repost from the NIST Tech Beat, posted March 25, 2015.
The Department of Commerce (DOC) and Department of Defense (DOD) have signed a memorandum of agreement that establishes a new collaborative framework to facilitate access to a wide range of laboratory and test facilities that support development of improved methods for sharing wireless communications channels or “spectrum.”

FirstNet Builds Up Regional Coordination Team

March 23, 2015

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Director of Outreach
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) continues to build up its User Advocacy team by bringing on two regional leads with significant experience in emergency communications. Both leads also have excellent first-hand knowledge of FirstNet’s outreach activities and planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

Coordination and Education at IWCE 2015

March 20, 2015

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting Executive Director
This week I had the opportunity to deliver a keynote presentation at the 2015 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE). The theme of this year’s conference focused on coordination and education, which are also cornerstones of FirstNet’s approach to planning for and deploying the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). Many of the panel discussions and hallway conversations at IWCE highlighted the progress that has been made by public safety entities at all levels of government to increase outreach, awareness, and preparation within their jurisdictions for the NPSBN.

ICAM Summit, Report Provides Key Considerations for FirstNet and the NPSBN

March 16, 2015

By Mark Golaszewski, FirstNet Director of Applications
In an increasingly mobile and networked world, users of wireless communications expect real-time access to services and applications. Having access to what they need, when they need it, is essential to the user experience and consumer satisfaction with wireless services. A network that provides such access must have the capability to authenticate user identities in order to authorize the services and applications for use.

“Where Am I, Where Is My Team?” Indoor Tracking of the Next Generation First Responders

March 13, 2015

Developing sensors and communications devices that can track first responders in a variety of indoor environments remains a critical need that previous research and development efforts have not been able to address. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group is seeking personalized, modular and scalable approaches to track the next generation of first responders indoors using current and emerging technologies, sensors, and techniques.

Wyoming Initial Consultation Meeting

March 12, 2015

By Jeremy Zollo, FirstNet Director of State and Local Outreach
The Wyoming Initial Consultation meeting – FirstNet’s 15th such meeting with individual states and territories – began early in the morning of February 25th at the Wyoming Joint Forces Readiness Center Headquarters in Cheyenne. State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Troy Babbitt kicked off the meeting by welcoming the nearly 30 representatives from public safety, state government, and the private sector in attendance, and expressing an interest in forming a partnership with FirstNet. “I think you can see from the support here that Wyoming is ready for FirstNet,” he said.

FirstNet Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report to Congress

March 10, 2015

By Ed Parkinson, FirstNet Director of Government Affairs
FirstNet recently delivered its Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) (Annual Report) to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The Annual Report provides a comprehensive summary of FirstNet’s operations, activities, financial developments, and accomplishments during the period between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014.

Traditional Delaware Country Estate Plays Host to Discussion of Emerging Technology for Public Safety

March 5, 2015

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
In our journey around the country to consult with the states and territories, FirstNet has the opportunity to enjoy meetings in a range of settings, venues, and buildings. Some are high tech conference centers, others are hotels or government settings. In Delaware, the state consultation took place in a beautiful Greek revival mansion that is a former Governor’s residence.

Meet the FirstNet Team: Adding More Talent to the Technical Headquarters in Boulder

March 4, 2015

By Jeff Bratcher, FirstNet Acting Chief Technical Officer
The First Responder Network (FirstNet) is adding to its technical management team by hiring a number of professionals from the wireless industry with specialized backgrounds in devices, applications, testing, and network engineering. The newest members of the team are Joe Martinet, Mark Golaszewski, Michael Van Zuiden, and Lynn Bashaw. They will be based out of the Boulder, Colorado FirstNet technical headquarters and report to the Acting CTO, Jeff Bratcher.

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