It would be a shame to have FirstNet build a public-safety broadband system, only to find that first responders were not prepared to use it operationally. The good news is that the much-needed dialog about prioritization, preemption and other key operational issues appears to be getting started in earnest.
Rivada Networks CTO Clint Smith (a volunteer firefighter) talks about the impact that a FirstNet LTE system could have in the multiple-vehicle-accident scenario depicted in a recent white paper he wrote, as well as other public-safety scenarios that should be explored in the future.
This article provides a glimpse into how Future First Responders (FFRs) can utilize the FirstNet public-safety LTE broadband network in a particular scenario–in this case, a multiple motor vehicle accident (MVA).
Will Congress will consider FirstNet a success, if police, fire and EMS are able to communicate fabulously throughout an incident, but their effectiveness was limited by the fact that they did not have robust, reliable communications with other key critical-infrastructure players involved in the response because of a narrow “public-safety entity” definition? I don’t think so.
Keith Radousky, Quintel Solutions’ CTO for the Americas, explains how the company’s multi-port antenna systems can allow infrastructure sharing, such as a potential arrangement in which FirstNet shares site assets with a commercial carrier system.
Reverb Networks CEO Zoran Kehler describes how LTE self-optimizing networks (SON) work and provides examples of potential benefits for a public-safety system like FirstNet. Kehler spoke with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the recent LTE North America show in Dallas.
The recent success of the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction means that FirstNet soon will receive the full funding that Congress anticipated. More important, the auction is an indication that there is sufficient market demand for FirstNet to be hopeful that it can forge partnership agreement that will ensure long-term sustainability for the public-safety broadband system.
Ken Rehbehn, principal mobile analyst at 451 Research, explains the pros and cons of LTE operators deploying active antennas–as well as their applicability in a public-safety broadband network like FirstNet–during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the LTE North America show in Dallas.
John English, product line manager for NetScout, talks about the company’s ability to provide network-management information to an LTE operator like FirstNet, as well as user-experience data to subscribers to ensure that service-level-agreement (SLA) benchmarks are being met. English spoke with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the LTE North America show in Dallas.