Signed into law by the President on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety data communications. In New York, this is coordinated by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
- Officials for AT&T, Nokia outline capabilities of upcoming MCPTT-compliant solutions
Voice services meeting the mission-critical-push-to-talk (MCPTT) standard developed by 3GPP—the body that oversees LTE development—will provide greater voice quality, performance and reliability than any push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) offering available on the market today, according to officials from AT&T and Nokia.
- AT&T, FirstNet aim to boost app ecosystem with hackathons
More than 200 developers and public safety officials recently gathered in San Francisco to work on developing new applications for first responders. It was the first official hackathon for FirstNet, which seeks to support a comprehensive ecosystem of relevant applications for public safety as one of its goals to improve critical communications with mobile broadband access.
- First Responder Handbook Aims to Spur Integration of Next-Gen Technologies
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex program released a handbook aimed at ensuring the varied on-body technologies used by first responders interoperate.
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