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The FirstNet Authority’s virtual and augmented reality test center facilitates public safety training, research and development

The FirstNet Authority’s Public Safety Immersive Test Center uses augmented and virtual reality to test equipment in simulated experiences and to develop methodologies for real world emergencies. The test center is used by multiple public safety agencies to train and educate first responders.

The FirstNet Authority’s virtual reality test center provides hands-on public safety training for first responders

First responders are using FirstNet Authority’s virtual reality test center to set-up and engage in immersive emergency response training. This cost-efficient training simulation enables public safety officials to cultivate their skillset in a non-hazardous environment.  

FirstNet Authority’s new Public Safety Immersive Test Center provides virtual environment for first responders

The FirstNet Authority’s new Public Safety Immersive Test Center is designed to explore future tech for public safety training and operations. The center enables simulations of real-world scenarios using virtual and augmented reality, location services, high-speed optical tracking cameras, and haptic interfaces.

How PSCR and the FirstNet Authority are Connected for Public Safety

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) frequently collaborates with the First Responder Network Authority to advance public safety communications. Whether partnering on prize challenges, standards development, R&D testing, or the Public Safety Immersive Test Center, the two organizations are working together to spur technology development for first responders.

Episode 64: Introducing the Public Safety Immersive Test Center: A VR Experience

The Public Safety Immersive Test Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide responders, researchers, and developers a virtual environment to develop, test, and evaluate public safety technologies. FirstNet Authority Chief Network Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher and Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division Chief Dereck Orr discuss the launch of the Test Center and the history of partnership between the FirstNet Authority and PSCR.

FirstNet Authority, NIST Launch Immersive Virtual Experience Center for Public Safety

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), an independent agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today the launch of the Public Safety Immersive Test Center in Boulder, Colorado, to spur the development and deployment of technologies critical to effective public safety response.  

Demonstrating Priority and Preemption in the Boulder FirstNet Lab

Experts at the Boulder FirstNet Lab in Colorado test functions and features of FirstNet to ensure first responders experience the network as designed and expected. For example, using load test tools, researchers can emulate 6,000 devices and demonstrate how priority and preemption work for first responders.

Demonstrating Priority and Preemption in the Boulder FirstNet Lab

The Boulder FirstNet Lab is a state-of-the-art laboratory in which the First Responder Network Authority tests public safety functionality and features unique to the FirstNet network.

Building the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab in 60 Seconds

Located at FirstNet’s technical headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, the FirstNet Lab is a state-of-the-art laboratory in which the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and its future partner will test public safety functionality and features unique to FirstNet’s mission-critical broadband

Introducing FirstNet's Innovation and Test Lab

Grand opening of the FirstNet Boulder Innovation and Test Lab