Emergencies aren’t the only times when public safety needs capacity to communicate and send data. Planned events — like concerts, festivals, and sporting events — draw crowds to a single location, making it difficult for public safety to get the robust network capacity they need to do their jobs. That’s where FirstNet will help, by providing needed bandwidth to coordinate public safety resources and respond to any incidents.
Public safety needs data communications in the field and innovative public safety communications technology. That’s why the FirstNet network is designed to deliver applications, devices, and services tailored to the needs of public safety. FirstNet will be a resilient, reliable network, enabling everything from smartphones to laptops, tablets, dongles, and specialty devices to work when public safety needs them the most.
Today, first responders rely on more than 10,000 separate, incompatible, and often proprietary radio networks to communicate with each other during emergencies. Because they’re not connected on one network, it’s hard, and at times impossible, for emergency responders from different jurisdictions or agencies to communicate and work together to save lives. To help address this challenge, the FirstNet network will be a single, nationwide, interoperable LTE network dedicated to public safety communications.
In the face of man-made attacks or natural disasters, the ability to communicate is essential to first responders. Incident commanders need to convey vital data to every first responder — fast. They need to know if resources from neighboring jurisdictions can be available. FirstNet is working to deliver a broadband network with interoperability built-in from day one to enhance public safety’s ability to protect and serve.
Exchange real‐time audio/video feeds with hospitals and physicians while on the scene and during transport
Send sensitive patient data securely
Use patient tracking and bed management software for real-time monitoring
Access new diagnostic tools, such as ultrasound and CT in the ambulance to enhance decision-making and treatment capability
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Chris Olson Senior Public Safety Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org 800-810-4030