With the potential for millions of users on a single LTE network, FirstNet hopes to foster creation of a new ecosystem in which entities compete to deliver applications and other services through the FirstNet network. The nationwide scale brought by FirstNet will maximize the value of every public safety dollar spent by allowing public safety end-users to take advantage of an increasingly competitive marketplace.
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.
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.
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.
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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