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Dedicated Public-Safety Broadband: A Growing Global Trend

Although the distances and differences between nations are vast, the mission of public safety to protect lives and property is essentially the same globally, along with the need for reliable communications. Some nations are planning to create nationwide wireless networks dedicated to first responders.

Never Forget 9/11/2001

Honoring the First Responders Who Led the Way

The bravery of the firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS personnel and other public safety personnel on that day is something America will never forget and always be grateful for. Their courage and resolve inspired many to public service and pushed those already serving to help their communities better prepare for any circumstance. FirstNet, America’s nationwide public safety broadband network, is one of those efforts that derived from the events on 9/11.

Now as first responders begin to take advantage of FirstNet in communities nationwide, we have a new opportunity for GPS-enabled devices to help save lives.

GPS Technology Delivers Critical Lifeline for First Responders

The FCC updated its location accuracy requirements in 2015, recognizing that technologies such as “Assisted GPS” offered opportunities for even greater improvements in location accuracy. And just this summer, Apple announced that its next software update will automatically make device-based location information available through its integration partner(s) (only one has been announced to date) to 911 centers when a person calls 911, thanks to a suite of technologies including Wi-Fi, cellular towers and GPS.

The words "30,000 people descended on Orem, Utah's Summerfest Celebratin" over an image of motocyclists in the parade watched by onlookers on the side of the road

FirstNet debuts in Orem, UT bolsters emergency communication at Summerfest

Nicknamed “Family City USA”, the Mayor’s recent efforts to bolster economic development and security for Orem’s 88,000+ residents have helped the city live up to its name.  Recently one of these projects came to fruition when Orem became an early adopter of FirstNet by subscribing to the nation’s first broadband network dedicated exclusively to public safety emergency communication.

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Early Benefits of FirstNet: Support is Available to Public Safety 24/7/365

Every day and in every emergency, FirstNet is here to support the needs of public safety. From making sure first responders are connected when they need it most to scanning the horizon for the most useful public safety communication innovations, the First Responder Network Authority is committed to advocating for the lifesaving communications technology first responders need on the job.

A firefighter monitors Sugar Pine/Miles Fire in Oregon at night. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Region, July 30, 2018.

Serving those on the frontlines of the West Coast wildfires

When the ongoing Miles Fire forced the residents and community of Prospect, OR, to evacuate, the Fire Incident Management Team called in FirstNet for support. A Satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLT) is deployed at base camp where nearly 2,000 first responders gather to coordinate their response efforts as the wildfire has grown over the past month.

Today, public safety agencies are already experiencing the benefits of PTT apps on FirstNet as a collaboration tool.

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Collaboration and Push-to-Talk Apps

The sharing of data via FirstNet is enabling first responders to have more information available at their fingertips to help with their lifesaving mission. Today, through over-the-top push-to-talk (PTT) apps, first responders can use FirstNet’s always-on, reliable connection to collaborate — including sharing pictures, videos, texts, and other data in real time. With enhanced communications, public safety can be better prepared to keep themselves and the communities they serve safe.

Four images from the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM: Two officers consult each other looking at their devices, hot air balloons rise over the city, a large crowd moves through the balloon fiesta fields, four police officers talk as one points with hot air balloons filling with air on the ground behind them

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Priority and Preemption

Priority and preemption are a few of the crucial features FirstNet provides to first responders, especially during large planned events with thousands of participants, such as the annual International Balloon Festival in Albuquerque. In years past, first responders at the festival reported poor connectivity on commercial networks due to attendees’ high volume of voice calls, texts, and social media posts. But using FirstNet, public safety’s dedicated network, for this year’s festival, they had a dramatically different—and better—experience.