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Connecting Communities through Strong Mobile Networks Improves Services and Safety

The vision of the FirstNet network aligns with the vision for smart cities, in which enhanced and connected communication tools give public safety better situational awareness and better outcomes for those they serve.
July 13, 2018
By Jeanette Kennedy, First Responder Network Authority Government Affairs and William Schrier, First Responder Network Authority Senior Advisor

The First Responder Network Authority recently participated in the Smart Cities workshop in Las Vegas, hosted by US Ignite on May 30. Local governments and industry came together to discuss public safety solutions in light of smart city deployments. Leaders from Albuquerque (NM), Boise (ID), Lafayette (KY), Las Vegas and Henderson (NV), and Portland (OR) attended and shared examples of how they are deploying smart city solutions in their communities.

Tech Talk: La Jolla, CA, 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

3GPP plenary meetings took place  June 11-15, 2018 in La Jolla, CA
July 11, 2018
By Dean Prochaska, Director of Standards, First Responder Network Authority

This blog post is part of the "Tech Talk" series focused on the FirstNet Authority’s standards development activities to support the public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions linked to public safety and other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted from June 11-15, 2018 in La Jolla, CA.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.

Helping America Celebrate a Safe and Happy 4th of July

Securing Fourth of July celebrations is just one example of how public safety is using FirstNet.
June 28, 2018
By Dave Faulkner Regional Lead IX

As most Americans make plans to spend time with family and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, first responders across the country are preparing to work around the clock to keep communities safe.

Smooth Sailing for FirstNet at Volvo Ocean Race

“When we tried the new technology that came out of FirstNet and applied it to [the Volvo Ocean Race], tracking public safety entities in the venue was great for situational awareness,” said Tom Guthlein, Operations Section Chief for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
June 20, 2018
By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority

When the town of Newport, Rhode Island hosted the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, it was the only North American stopover out of 12 cities on six continents during this around-the-world sailing event. For 13 days in May, over 100,000 tourists and sailing enthusiasts descended onto Newport’s Race Village in Fort Adams State Park to witness one of the world’s toughest sailings competitions. 

From hurricanes to tropical storms, Emergency Managers are at the center of community preparedness

FirstNet devices used to track severe weather events and share real time data with responders.
June 14, 2018
By: Charles R. Murph, First Responder Network Authority, Region IV Lead

Emergency managers are at the center of community preparedness and response should an emergency or disaster strike. As hurricane season is upon us, it is a reminder of the important work of our nation’s emergency managers who put service to their communities first in times of need.

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