Why is this important? In an emergency, it’s essential first responders and the extended public safety community that supports their missions have strong, reliable connectivity for their critical communications. And that’s regardless of location. From hard-to-reach places such as underground areas and maritime environments to extremely rural, uninhabited locations, FirstNet MegaRange provides better signal in more places – 6 times more powerful than standard devices (think FirstNet Ready® devices or smartphones used by the general public to talk, text or stream videos).
Agencies can also combine these new solutions with their own deployable network assets like the Compact Rapid Deployable (CRD) or miniCRD™ to strengthen their emergency response communications. This can significantly improve their connectivity where coverage may be unreliable or unavailable due to wildfires, hurricanes or other disasters – often doubling the distance of service from these assets. That means first responders battling a wildfire can have FirstNet connectivity up to a full mile away from their miniCRD – a gamechanger for staying connected with command while in the field.
As the nation’s public safety network, FirstNet is purpose-built to support first responders’ mission needs. It provides first responders with high-quality Band 14 spectrum – the only band in the U.S. that can enable this high-power signaling – truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it and unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption. These advanced capabilities help first responders save lives and protect their communities. Learn more about FirstNet MegaRange here.
What does FirstNet Trusted mean? We look at FirstNet as the most important wireless network in the country because it’s serving our first responders. And as connectivity expands, we’re delivering an extra level of scrutiny for IoT devices. When public safety sees the FirstNet Trusted badge, they can be confident the device meets strict cybersecurity and network connectivity requirements that go well beyond standard commercial network requirements. FirstNet Trusted devices include solutions like:
- Sensors that provide situational awareness of gunshots, hazardous material detection, vitals of a first responder or fleet tracking.
- Routers and Modems that keep police cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances connected to local, state and federal databases.
- Cameras worn by a first responder to provide near real-time streaming of an incident as it unfolds back to command or thermal imaging.
In short, the FirstNet Trusted badge – combined with our defense-in-depth FirstNet security strategy that goes well beyond standard commercial network security measures – provides protection without sacrificing usability or adversely impacting public safety’s missions.
Where can I find more information? For more about the value FirstNet is bringing to public safety, check out FirstNet.com. And go here for more FirstNet news.
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