All states made their “opt-in” decisions for FirstNet by the Dec. 28 deadline given to governors. Although the final choices were all the same, states took many different paths and considered a wide variety of factors in making their FirstNet decisions.
As we approach the new year, we’re getting closer to IWCE 2018, which will take place March 5-9, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. There are big changes this year, because the event is being conducted three weeks earlier than in 2017, and we moved the show from Las Vegas to Orlando for 2018.
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.
Most governors have until Dec. 28 to make their “opt-in/opt-out” choices regarding FirstNet. Considerable information about FirstNet is available, but several key data points that could impact a governor’s decision remain unknown as the 90-day decision clock ticks.
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.