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.
FirstNet is taking a “for public safety, by public safety” approach to planning and deploying the network. Through its consultation and outreach program, FirstNet has worked hand-in-hand with the public safety community to understand the capacity, coverage, service, and other public-safety-grade features they need to communicate and use 21st-century tools on the job.
Emergencies don’t happen only in highly populated areas — which is why reaching rural America is one of FirstNet’s top priorities. FirstNet is addressing rural coverage needs in multiple ways to deploy the network in places where coverage may be difficult. High-power towers can cover more rural space with less total infrastructure, as dan deployable and satellite solutions.
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.
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 email@example.com 800-810-4030