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FirstNet: The Wait Is Almost Over

Body-worn cameras, dashboard cameras, and intelligent wearable devices connected to smartphones can improve public safety operations by communicating on-scene data to dispatch and real-time crime centers.
May 18, 2017

Rich Stanek, FirstNet Board Member & Hennepin County Sheriff

Article originally appeared in Sheriff & Deputy magazine, May/June 2017

Mobile devices have become a standard part of our daily and emergency operations, and we need to be able to transmit large amounts of data and rely on communications that don’t fail during emergencies.

Life-saving Preparation: How AT&T Plans for Hurricane Season

On display is the new Helicopter Flying COW (Cell on Wings). It has a 7.5-foot diameter rotor and 2 cellular antennas. In the future, our NDR team hopes that the Helicopter Flying COW will go into areas where a traditional Cell on Wheels can’t go: like areas with hurricane damage or flooding.
May 17, 2017

By Chris Sambar, Senior Vice President, AT&T – FirstNet

Hurricane season is fast approaching. And the National Weather Service says an average of 3 hurricanes hit the U.S. coastline every 2 years. The best way to stay safe? Be prepared.

We put that philosophy into practice multiple times a year with exercises that put our Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team and assets to the test.

FirstNet Honors Law Enforcement During Police Week

National Police Week is the time we set aside every year to honor those who put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe.
May 15, 2017

By Mike Bostic, FirstNet Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

May 12 is the kickoff of a special week for law enforcement officers and their families. National Police Week is the time we set aside every year to honor those who put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe. We give special recognition during this week to those killed in the line of duty.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017

Public safety personnel often play an important role in the preparation and response to hurricanes.
May 9, 2017

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017 is underway, with the goal of this week being to increase information sharing throughout the nation about hurricane preparedness and response to help save lives and protect communities.

FirstNet’s Nationwide Network: Becoming a Reality for America’s First Responders

FirstNet Vice Chair Jeff Johnson at the Partnership Announcement on March 30, 2017
May 9, 2017

By Chief Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Western Fire Chiefs Association

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created at the urging of the fire service community to get technology into the hands of first responders through the buildout of a nationwide broadband network. The FirstNet Network will modernize first responders’ communications and deliver specialized features that are not available to them on commercial wireless networks today. It will improve situational awareness and keep emergency personnel safer with an improved communications capability.

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