With next-generation public-safety communications systems like FirstNet and next-generation 911 leveraging IP technology and providing access to multiple databases, those systems increasingly are more attractive to hackers. As these cybersecurity threats evolve, public safety needs to take a multi-faceted approach to keep its networks secure, according to panelists at APCO 2014.
Collaboration vendor Mutualink releases a white paper that encourages FirstNet officials to consider what application functionality should be included in various parts of the network—particularly as they relate to deployable systems—to enhance efficiency of the fixed-infrastructure system.
Most discussions about the design of the much-anticipated FirstNet system focus on the outdoor macro network, but the fact is that the availability of in-building coverage via DAS or other small-cell technologies could impact the number of macro sites that need to be deployed.
Wireless coverage inside buildings and other structures is critical for both the general public that increasingly uses wireless devices to call 911 and the public-safety personnel responding to the call for help. While the needs are clear, determining who should pay for indoor coverage is a much more difficult debate, according to panelists at APCO 2014 in New Orleans.
Dali Wireless, a provider of the Digital CPRI Smart DAS (distributed antenna system), announces the release of its t-Series Public Safety solution, an all-digital platform designed to enhance in-building coverage and network access to public-safety and emergency-response personnel.
FirstNet board members approve a three-year spectrum-management-lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas, providing some spectral stability to the public-safety LTE network deployed in Harris County, Texas—the first such operational network to be established in the United States.
FirstNet Acting General Manager TJ Kennedy noted advances made within FirstNet and the public-safety-communications industry during his presentation at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in New Orleans.