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Nationwide coding challenge appeals to innovators and public safety

Tech to Protect, NIST PSCR’s national innovative challenge, introduces coding contests designed to foster communications technology solutions that will aid emergency responders in serving and protecting communities nationwide. Participants will compete for cash prizes from a pool of $2.2 million. The FirstNet Authority is pleased to have technical subject matter experts from our organization leading three contests.


FirstNet Authority Senior Public Safety Advisor Kristi Wilde speaks in front of a group of emergency communications professionals seated behind desks

Integrating FirstNet into 911 Operations

The FirstNet Authority met with professionals working in emergency communication centers (ECCs) at Arizona’s Public Safety Broadband Forum for PSAPs to discuss how ECCs are using FirstNet and how to integrate FirstNet into 911 operations.


A brightly painted ambulance sits parked on the side of a rural road surrounded by many trees.

Harnessing FirstNet to enhance EMS response and improve patient care

Technology is revolutionizing how medical professionals work, communicate and care for patients.  Nowhere is that more true than in the emergency medical services (EMS) field. As new technologies enter the marketplace and promise improved patient outcomes and access to care, EMS professionals require a reliable and effective communications network every day and for every emergency. The answer lies in FirstNet.


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Texas City ISD Experiences FirstNet Benefits First-Hand

Through FirstNet’s extended primary user program, schools, hospitals, and other non-traditional public safety entities can benefit from everything the network has to offer. Read how FirstNet helped one such extended primary user, Texas City Independent School District, communicate during two incidents. 


FirstNet Board Member Paul Patrick and FirstNet Authority’s Edward Parkinson toured AAA Ambulance Service's FirstNet-connected ambulance during a demo day at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Working Together to Transform Public Safety Communications

Thanks to a public-private partnership between the FirstNet Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is now a reality—an expanding nationwide network for EMS and all of public safety. Read how FirstNet can help drive innovations forward and equip EMS practitioners and emergency care providers across the nation with new tools to help them save lives.


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FirstNet Key to Improving Safety at Schools and Hospitals

During an emergency, school, university and hospital security and public safety support personnel, as well as staff and administrators, may be called on to support local first responders. FirstNet enables better communications among all of these individuals.


A panel of public safety experts presents to an audience at PSCR’s 2019 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholders meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

PSCR 2019 covers ‘what’s next’ for public safety tech

The FirstNet Authority participated in PSCR 2019 to engage with stakeholders and learned about what’s next for public safety communications. PSCR’s annual meeting is diverse — from talks or demos on standards, deployables, data sharing, security, the Internet of Things, and more.



A room full of attendees at the June 2019 3GPP meetings listen and take notes on laptops as a panel of four speakers at the front give a presentation.

Newport Beach, CA, 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

The June 2019 quarterly Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) meetings in Newport Beach, CA addressed standards in several areas related to public safety broadband communications and FirstNet. The major topic across the 3GPP plenary meetings was planning for 3GPP Release 17 (R17).


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