Multiple vendors participating in the trial demonstrate that first-responder agencies will be able to leverage new LTE capabilities while continuing to use their existing communications systems, which in turn will smooth out the migration path to FirstNet’s public-safety broadband communications network.
PSCR currently is testing devices capable of accessing as many as 10 spectrum bands; though intermodulation issues exist, PSCR is working through them, says Emil Olbrich, the organization’s head of research and development. Olbrich predicts that Android ultimately will be the operating system of choice for public safety, despite the fact that it currently is less secure than other operating systems.
Board member Sue Swenson takes on the role of vice chairman, while Col. Frank Freeman (retired), who was with the U.S. Air Force for a quarter century, becomes chief administrative officer. In addition, a chief information officer has been selected, with that announcement potentially coming “very, very soon,” said FirstNet GM Bill D’Agostino.
Approval is expected as FirstNet’s finance conmmittee recommended the approval of both deals; the Adams County project–which will entail 18-20 sites and serve about 2,000 first responders–is expected to provide a “real-world testbed” to address issues about coverage, network speeds and core interoperability, said FirstNet GM Bill D’Agostino.