By Brian Hobson, FirstNet State Plans Technical Lead
Information sharing and partnering were the main topics of discussion on the FirstNet panel at yesterday's National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference & Technology Showcase in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The panel included technology and public safety officials from Texas, New Mexico, and Maine discussing their states’ outreach efforts and key considerations for the public safety broadband network. The panel was moderated by Charile Sasser, who is a senior officer for the state of Georgia and serves as NASTD's representative to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).
For my presentation, I provided a brief update on FirstNet's state consultation and planning processes. I then participated in an open discussion with the other panelists and audience members about FirstNet activities, LTE technology and devices, and best practices and lessons learned for outreach within the states and territories. Also during the panel, NASTD used a mobile application to poll audience members about their familiarity with FirstNet. Their responses were encouraging, as more than 75 percent said they were familiar with and engaged in FirstNet-related activities within their states or organizations.
In addition to the FirstNet panel, the conference includes many other sessions that are relevant to our efforts to plan for, build, and oversee a national public safety broadband network, such as security, cloud and shared services, and Next Generation 911 (NG911).
Thanks to NASTD for inviting FirstNet to present at their annual conference. It was another great opportunity for the FirstNet advocacy team to connect with public safety and IT executives from states and territories around the country.