Buoyed by the promised reliability and security promised by the FirstNet system, public-safety users soon should benefit from the development of an application ecosystem that already is blossoming in the consumer and commercial markets.
Solutions that provide accurate, updated maps of buildings are needed for first responders to benefit fully from modern location technology. The ability to get X- Y- and Z-axis location data is wonderful; but if you can’t plot that information on a map, it isn’t helpful.
FirstNet legislation took direct aim at unsuccessful past attempts at interoperability by mandating that the public-safety network be built to open, commercially available standards. A single FirstNet core ensures interoperability among the network-based applications that first responders will use to share voice, video and data.
Selim Bouri, Airbus vice president and head of MENA (Middle East North Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific), discusses technological changes in the public-safety-communications industry. Bouri notes the importance of a “hybrid” network model—integrating LTE and LMR technologies—in this question-and-answer preview of the Critical Communications MENA show, which will be conducted on Sept. 25-26 in Dubai.