Robert Andreas, Thales Communications’ director of systems solutions–research and development, outlines the capabilities of the company’s deployable-communications solution during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson on the IWCE 2014 show floor.
It’s too early for states and territories to choose whether to opt in to FirstNet or build a public-safety broadband network for itself, but officials for these jurisdictions should be conducting due diligence as quickly as possible, so they will be ready when the opt-in/opt-out decision has to be made, according to an IWCE panel on the subject.
FirstNet will plan carefully and be transparent in its efforts to deploy a nationwide broadband system for first responders, and “we will deliver this network for public safety,” FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino said yesterday during the afternoon keynote session at IWCE 2014.
Harlin McEwen, chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) communications and technology committee, explains why first responders will continue to rely on LMR technologies–not the proposed FirstNet broadband system–for mission-critical voice in the near future during this interview with Jill Nolin of IWCE’s Urgent Communications.
While working with commercial tower companies may be natural for an entity like FirstNet, American Tower officials insist that it also wants to work with public-safety entities today in an effort to help them generate revenue streams from existing assets that can help pay for needs today, including upgrades to LMR systems.
Paul Nikfarjam, American Tower’s general manager for government and public safety, explains the myriad relationships his company is willing to forge with public-safety entities to help them fund LMR system upgrades. American Tower also has a similar proposal for FirstNet, which is tasked with deploying a nationwide broadband network for first responders.