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Tech Talk: Gold Coast, Australia, 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

FirstNet Authority participates in 3GPP Plenary meetings held September 10-14, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
October 5, 2018
By Dean Prochaska, Senior Director of Standards, First Responder Network Authority

This blog post is part of the "Tech Talk" series focused on the FirstNet Authority’s standards development activities to support the public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions linked to public safety and other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted from September 10-14, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.


FirstNet bolsters communications for Boston Marathon first responders

Keeping attendees safe at large events requires first responders to communicate seamlessly and gather vast amounts of information. At the 2018 Boston Marathon, first responders experienced the FirstNet difference with reliable communications and prioritized access to their dedicated broadband network.
October 2, 2018
By Michael Varney, First Responder Network Authority, Northeast Area Lead

This blog is a repost from of an article originally published on July 11, 2018.

Despite the cold rain and driving wind, hundreds of thousands of cheering spectators lined the streets of Boston to witness one of the world’s oldest annual marathons: the Boston Marathon. This year, the race took on added significance as it marked the five-year anniversary of the 2013 bombing.

PODCAST: FirstNet Authority to hit the road for IACP 2018 in Orlando

Behind the scenes of Episode 8: Dave Buchanan interviews FirstNet Authority’s Harry Markley and Jeff King in this law enforcement-focused edition of the Public Safety First podcast.
September 27, 2018

Each October, law enforcement leaders come together to attend several significant events that recognize the past year’s accomplishments and challenges, and work together to identify solutions and goals for the future. These events include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition in conjunction with the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) Fall Meeting and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Town Hall.

Houston Tests Devices and Apps Using FirstNet Spectrum

Testing is an opportunity to public safety industry a glimpse into tech adoption for first responders.
September 26, 2018
by Lesia Dickson, First Responder Network Authority Director, Field Operations

This blog is a repost from Emergency Management Magazine article on July 20, 2018.

Testing is an opportunity to public safety industry a glimpse into tech adoption for first responders.

When the spotlight is on for a major national event like the Super Bowl, the opportunities to demonstrate cutting-edge public safety communications technologies abound.  In addition to better game-day communications, there is often the belief that the investment in innovative technologies will positively improve day-to-day operations when the spotlight fades.

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Network Security

FirstNet not only provides reliable "always on" connections, but also allows first responders to confidently send and receive data, voice and text transmissions with the security their life-saving mission demands.
September 19, 2018

This blog is the fifth in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Created through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is a much-needed technology upgrade to connect public safety to the vital information they need—every day, in every emergency.


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