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Cincinnati student challenge generates innovative technology solutions for public safety

The FirstNet Authority worked with AT&T to host a first responder student innovation challenge at the University of Cincinnati. The two-week event brought UC students together with local public safety agencies to explore how technology could be used to enhance first responders’ ability to address critical situations.

Putting FirstNet to the test for remote 9-1-1 operations

One thing the 9-1-1 community learned from the pandemic was the need to plan for alternate ways to work. Rather than be tied to workstations at fixed locations, 9-1-1 telecommunicators need flexibility to remotely take, dispatch, and supervise calls. In December 2021, Maryland telecommunicators put FirstNet to the test, demonstrating the network’s connectivity and reliability during remote operations.

Taking the call from anywhere: Testing remote 911 capabilities

One thing the 9-1-1 community learned from the pandemic was the need to plan for alternate ways to work. Rather than be tied to workstations at fixed locations, 9-1-1 telecommunicators need flexibility to remotely take, dispatch, and supervise calls. In December 2021, Maryland telecommunicators put FirstNet to the test, demonstrating the network’s connectivity and reliability during remote operations. To learn more, visit FirstNet.gov/911.

Recognizing Public Safety Heroes this Spring

In the spring, we take time to honor those in emergency communications, the fire service, law enforcement, and emergency medical services, as well as our nation’s public servants and volunteers. Throughout April and May, we celebrate the bravery and dedication of the men and women of public safety and thank them for their service, courage, and sacrifices.

Ingenuity, diversity, and expertise: the benefits of women as leaders

Lisa Casias, Deputy CEO, introduces the six women who serve on the FirstNet Authority Board. The diversity within the Board is a strength for our agency, helping to advance our mission to improve communications for the public safety community. Today’s leaders are inspiring future generations of women who will advance public safety communications

Celebrating our Nation’s First Responders

First responders bravely and selflessly protect and serve our communities every day. On National First Responders Day, we take time to celebrate and honor their dedication. The FirstNet Authority is proud to serve the men and women of public safety with innovative solutions that can make their jobs easier, more efficient, and safer.

The Benefits of Z-Axis Through FirstNet

The FirstNet Authority continuously works with public safety across the country to evolve the FirstNet network. One of the key capabilities that public safety requested during the planning phase of FirstNet was the ability to determine the Z-axis, or vertical axis, location of personnel. This service is now available in a growing number of areas on the FirstNet network for the nation’s first responders.

New Technology and Cell Site Bring Advanced Capabilities to Public Safety in Indiana County, Pennsylvania

FirstNet is bringing first responders across Indiana County in Pennsylvania access to advanced tools and technology, helping agencies communicate more efficiently and share critical information. A FirstNet cell site was also turned on in the county, bringing enhanced coverage so responders can access the resources they need, when and where they need them.

FirstNet Provides Georgia Police Department with Cost-Effective Dispatch Solution

When the Dallas Police Department in Georgia needed to move from a secondary dispatch to an enhanced 9-1-1 public safety answering point, some solutions presented agency leaders with steep costs for technology and equipment upgrades. FirstNet provided the department with a cost-effective solution for dispatch, as well as additional benefits for officers in the field, allowing the dispatch center to transition in just a few months.