Before FirstNet, first responders relied on more than 10,000 separate radio networks. These networks run into incompatibility issues during emergencies, creating confusion and delay when they are needed most. Now, FirstNet offers one single interoperable LTE network, dedicated solely to public safety communications. FirstNet offers ONE nationwide interoperable LTE network, built with and for public safety communications. It’s specifically for America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and other first responders with the intent of helping them connect to the most critical and necessary information they need – consistently, on any day, and in every emergency.
Work in the government sector? FirstNet is built for first responders and those who support them. That includes federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and those working to keep our K-12 campuses and higher institutions safe. The intent is to provide a powerful service that brings together solutions in order to protect, serve, and connect for an overall safer and stronger community.
At Kings III, we sometimes see challenges with cellular technology for our customers in more remote or rural areas with poor coverage. FirstNet provides a reliable cellular option for emergency phones via this network.
FirstNet reaches locations where coverage is often spotty or difficult. The devices eligible to be used on the FirstNet platform are focused on the needs of public safety. The First Responder Network Authority oversees the testing and validation of both the network and devices to help ensure an efficient response in disaster and emergency situations. The network is constantly working to improve communications with the objective of better response times and outcomes for ALL first responders– in both urban and rural areas, from coast-to-coast, both inland and on borders.
The result? Safer and more secure communities.
See this website for updates on how AT&T is boosting the network in various states and networks.
In large events when crowds gather in a single location like concerts, festivals, and sports games, most services are spotty at best due to heavy wireless use that leads to congestion and capacity issues. In these instances, there is no differentiation between public safety users and any other commercial or enterprise user.
FirstNet prioritizes public safety users, which helps improve response times and outcomes. With the network, first responders have a dedicated “fast lane” with priority access and a resilient and hardened connection for any situation. FirstNet uses devices configured to meet the needs of public safety. Its dedicated capacity provides the bandwidth needed to coordinate public safety resources and to respond to incidents, helping to lead to safer and more secure communities.
Kings III has also seen customers run into network issues during natural disasters, such as hurricanes. Since FirstNet is a dedicated core that is prioritized in emergency situations, this will combat these issues, providing access to help for those who need it most.
By using the knowledge and recognition of public safety needs along with private sector resources and technologies, FirstNet provides efficient network operation.
One of the ways FirstNet allows for efficiency? In the event of human-caused disasters, incident commanders on FirstNet can identify resources in neighboring jurisdictions who can be available to help. FirstNet will deliver a broadband network with built-in interoperability to enhance public safety.