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The FirstNet Network: Smart Response for Smart Cities

June 23, 2016

By Jeanette Kennedy, FirstNet Government Affairs

“Smart City” is an emerging term to describe how a community – large or small – uses connected technology and/or other data sets to influence and improve the delivery of services to the private and public sectors.  By integrating data and connectivity into their daily operations, communities can automate many functions to create efficiencies and maximize their resources. 

PSCR Conference 2016 Showcases Global Advancements in Public Safety Broadband

June 16, 2016

By Jeff Bratcher, FirstNet Chief Technology Officer
Last week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program held its 7th annual Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting in San Diego. Once again, it was a great opportunity to share information and exchange ideas on the work being done to further the development of mission critical public safety broadband networks in the U.S. and around the world.

Building the Internet of Lifesaving Things

June 14, 2016

This blog is a repost from EMS World Magazine.
By Nancy Perry, Editorial Director, EMS World Magazine
EMS is on the cusp of a revolution. Are you ready for communication technologies that will turn the back of your ambulance into a remote emergency room? The newest generation of EMS practitioners will soon hold high-definition two-way video dialogues with physicians and specialists.

PSAC Summer Meeting Highlights Key Areas of Current, Future Work

June 10, 2016

By Kenzie Capece, Senior Outreach Advisor, FirstNet
The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) met on Monday, June 6, 2016 in San Diego, California, with the morning session open to the public and available via webcast.  After PSAC Chair Harlin McEwen called the meeting to order, FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson, FirstNet Board Vice Chair Jeff Johnson, and FirstNet CEO Mike Poth each provided opening remarks focused on the important contributions being made by the PSAC, on behalf of public safety, in the planning and preparation for the nationwide public safety broadband network. 

Sue Swenson’s Keynote to the 2016 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting

June 8, 2016

Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet Chair
Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 7, 2016

Metro Fire Chiefs Conference Highlights Benefits of Public Safety Data

June 2, 2016

By Victoria Lee, FirstNet Consultation Advisor, Western Area
Last month, members of the FirstNet team had the opportunity to attend the Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association 2016 annual conference in Long Beach, California. The Metro Fire Chiefs Association is a Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  It brings together fire chiefs from large metropolitan fire departments to share information and focus on major issues affecting policy changes in the U.S. and abroad.

FirstNet Moves Forward into Eval Phase, Continues Public Safety Engagement

May 31, 2016

By FirstNet CEO Mike Poth
The deadline for submitting proposals for the deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) closed earlier today.  With that phase of the procurement now complete, we are moving into the remaining phases of the evaluation process and are well on our way to achieving our goal with the Request for Proposals (RFP): to establish a unique public-private partnership to deploy the best possible network for our shareholders – public safety.

FirstNet Board Member Sheriff Stanek Message to Law Enforcement for Police Week 2016

May 21, 2016

By Sheriff Richard Stanek, FirstNet Board Member
National Police Week, the annual week-long event honoring our nation's law enforcement officers with special recognition for the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, is officially wrapping up today, Saturday, May 21. I was pleased to see all the activity through events and recognition among my colleagues in the law enforcement community. In Hennepin County, Minnesota, where I serve as Sheriff, I was honored to speak at the Hennepin County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony where we paid tribute to remember fallen law enforcement officers in our County.

FirstNet Looks to Continue EMS Collaboration on New Public Safety Broadband Network

May 19, 2016

To celebrate EMS Week 2016, FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis discusses outreach and consultation with the EMS community.  This article is reprinted with permission of JEMS. Also, please check out this video by Kevin acknowledging the entire EMS community for their commitment to the communities they serve: https://youtu.be/eAjoOtbBaKo

Austin-Travis County EMS Talks Broadband Benefits, ‘Why They Serve’

May 17, 2016

FirstNet staff recently met with members of the Public Information and Community Relations & Injury Prevention team with Austin-Travis County EMS. Like their hometown of Austin, this EMS team is  known for its innovative use of technology.   

Not only does the team seek to provide outstanding medical care, but it has also earned two Emmys for public safety announcements (PSA), and a documentary film about the team is debuting at the Sundance Film Festival.

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