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Technology Talk: FirstNet - Delivering 21st Century Tools to Law Enforcement

January 24, 2017

Reprinted from Police Chief Magazine, Vol. LXXXIV, No. 1, page 76, January 2017.

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

Recently, law enforcement professionals from across the world gathered in San Diego,
California, for the annual IACP Conference and Exposition. Among many noteworthy issues
discussed at this year’s conference, were several sessions that touched on how law enforcement
can integrate new technologies and applications in their jobs to improve communications and
overall safety.

PSAC Profile: U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM)

January 19, 2017

Cities can pose unique challenges for first responders. These larger population centers often have both physical congestion, such as traffic, and communications congestion, with many users on the same network. Because of this, mayors and leaders in local city governments across the country understand the need for a functioning and resilient broadband communications system for first responders; too often network congestion in a city, especially during large events, hinders the communications of first responders during an emergency.

Linking Rural Public Safety over an Interoperable Broadband Network

January 17, 2017

In Arkansas, interoperability and supportive apps can be vital to public safety’s ability to save lives and secure communities, according to Kelly Gottsponer, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Arkansas Public Safety Broadband Network.

PSAC Profile: National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)

January 11, 2017

Volunteer first responders are a crucial part of the public safety community, making up 69% of the firefighters across the country in 2014.  In addition to use by full-time public safety personnel in each state and territory, FirstNet will be available for the nation's volunteer firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement officers. 

FirstNet Works to Foster Innovation in Public Safety Apps

January 9, 2017

This blog is a repost from the APCO International website.

By Jeff Posner, FirstNet Senior Applications Architect

If you know FirstNet, then you know we are focused on putting broadband technology into the hands of public safety personnel nationwide. What you may not know is that FirstNet also is leading the way on a host of public safety-focused technologies, not the least of which is in bringing to market the best possible software applications for public safety to use in emergencies and day to day scenarios.

FirstNet @ CES 2017: How FirstNet will transform the future of public safety

December 29, 2016

“Broadband,” which commonly refers to high-speed internet access, has not only transformed the way most Americans communicate, but also how we learn, work and play. The advances in technology enabled by broadband over the last ten years have been dramatic. Mobile broadband has facilitated an era of smartphones and apps used to share data instantaneously – from text messages and videos to photos and live streaming.

Now, the technology industry is moving toward developing 5G technologies that will enable virtual reality, the Internet of Things, and more.

PSCR’s Innovation Accelerator Program Announces $30 million Grant Program to ‘Pull the Future Forward’ for Public Safety

December 22, 2016

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) has announced a $30 million grant funding opportunity to accelerate research, development, production, and testing of key broadband technologies and capabilities for first responders.

PSAC Profile: International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

December 19, 2016

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).  The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.

PSAC Profile: International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

December 13, 2016

City and County Managers have a vested interest in the development and rollout of the FirstNet network. These managers are responsible for ensuring their jurisdictions’ public safety agencies provide quality public safety services on a cost-effective basis.

Why FirstNet is Needed Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

December 13, 2016

I joined the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) almost one year ago. Before that, I spent my 29-year career working to improve communications and data access. Getting access to data, interoperability, capacity and customer service are still issues that public safety wrestles with today. Most access to data is limited to computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems. Broadband technology is being used by more responders today, but it is still limited in availability and is often cost prohibitive.

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