One piece of advice offered: establish a governance structure before doing anything else–and act transparently. Funding and stakeholder education also are high on the list of challenges facing public-safety agencies mulling a move to FirstNet’s nationwide broadband network.
FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino says the effort to build a first-responder broadband network “won’t fail,” but the lack of tangible progress–in the form of network buildouts–could be a serious concern for both public safety and Congress in the near future.
Wim Brouwer, Alcatel-Lucent's public safety CTO, talks about the company's ability to provide preemption and priority for 4G LTE networks, in addition to a few other capabilities, during the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Michael Wengrovitz, vice president of innovation for Mutualink, talks about the ability of first responders to leverage Google's wearable, hands-free multimedia platform, dubbed "Glass"–as well as other opportunites that 4G LTE technology will make possible–at the Association of Public Safety Communications (APCO) conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Tait Communications is demonstrating its Total Connect unified-communications solution, which lets public-safety personnel automatically access the best network — from private 4G LTE systems, commercial networks and narrowband LMR systems — for their communications needs at a given time and location.
Contract would total about $280 million if all options are exercised; authority hopes to offload non-mission-critical communications to planned LTE network, in order to carry mission-critical voice communications over public-safety narrowband channels in the UHF and 700 MHz bands.