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.
When Congress established FirstNet in 2012, many officials were worried that it charged with executing a big task with too few resources for a government agency to deliver. However, it now appears that FirstNet is delivering more than most imagined was possible.
TCCA CEO Tony Gray discusses the future roles of broadband and LMR technologies within the critical-communications industry during this question-and-answer preview of the Critical Communications MENA show, which will be conducted on Sept. 25-26 in Dubai.
Alex Richardson, author of IHS Markit’s 2017 Command & Control Rooms Report, provides background on several key trends in the critical-communications industry, including control-room consolidation, leverging cloud solutions, shifts to IP-based broadband technologies, and greater sharing of data, video and resources throughout the industry.
Humans process visual communications significantly faster than text. In a public-safety environment, where seconds of reaction time are critical, leveraging visual communications effectively promises to have a huge impact on first responders and the citizens they protect.