Indiana is home to rural farmlands, urban areas, waterways, and forests that complicate communications for the state’s first responders. First responders in the Hoosier State are already benefitting from FirstNet’s enhanced coverage and capacity, which will support communications during major events like the Indianapolis 500 race and Indianapolis Colts football games.

The First Responder Network Authority team recognizes the unique communications challenges that Indiana first responders face. We have been working closely with Indiana public safety officials since 2014, capturing their feedback and translating it into the design of the FirstNet network. During the development of state deployment plans, our team worked hand-in-hand with Indiana leaders to ensure the plan was customized to address their needs, including:

  • Expanding rural coverage beyond what is currently available
  • Offering services at compelling prices

Following this close collaboration, Indiana chose to adopt the plan and “opt in” to FirstNet. Today, Indiana is all in for FirstNet as the first state to integrate its land mobile radio system with the FirstNet network to gain the synergies of both. We continue to meet regularly with state and local officials to discuss their public safety broadband needs. In 2019 alone, our team met with Indiana public safety officials 15 times. Our engagements in Indiana included supporting the FirstNet Hackathon, attending the FEMA Region V Regional Emergency Communication Coordinators Working Group August Meeting, and participating in the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission’s Regional FirstNet Workshops. Engagements like these are crucial to the ongoing success of the network and the advancement of public safety communications across the state and the nation.

Connect with our team of Public Safety Advisors to learn about FirstNet in your community.

Here in Indiana, we are connecting our land mobile radio system to the FirstNet LTE cellular voice system utilizing the AT&T Inter-RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI). It gives us redundancy and backup to our system, and it also helps us to save money because we no longer have to spend critical budget funds to provide our administrative users with expensive radios just for situational awareness purposes.

 

Kelly DigninExecutive Director of Indiana’s Integrated Public Safety Commission

Indiana's
FirstNet Authority
Public Safety Advisor
John Hunt