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Episode 73: Lost in the Mountains of Michigan: FirstNet's essential role in search and rescue

When an eight-year-old boy went missing in Michigan's sprawling Porcupine Mountains, an extensive search and rescue operation was initiated. Darian Reed, President of Superior Search and Rescue, shared that broadband and data service support from FirstNet was pivotal in successfully and safely recovering the child.

FirstNet Authority’s new Public Safety Immersive Test Center provides virtual environment for first responders

The FirstNet Authority’s new Public Safety Immersive Test Center is designed to explore future tech for public safety training and operations. The center enables simulations of real-world scenarios using virtual and augmented reality, location services, high-speed optical tracking cameras, and haptic interfaces.

Los Angeles Police Department puts FirstNet into the hands of all its officers

The Los Angeles Police Department, one of the biggest police departments in the country, is modernizing its communications and issuing FirstNet devices to all of its almost 10,000 officers. Through FirstNet’s reliable and secure connection, officers will be able to spend less time at the station doing paperwork and more time in the field with their community.

The FirstNet Authority’s virtual reality test center provides hands-on public safety training for first responders

First responders are using FirstNet Authority’s virtual reality test center to set-up and engage in immersive emergency response training. This cost-efficient training simulation enables public safety officials to cultivate their skillset in a non-hazardous environment.  

The FirstNet Authority’s virtual and augmented reality test center facilitates public safety training, research and development

The FirstNet Authority’s Public Safety Immersive Test Center uses augmented and virtual reality to test equipment in simulated experiences and to develop methodologies for real world emergencies. The test center is used by multiple public safety agencies to train and educate first responders.

Location-based routing feature assists 911 centers in New Mexico with dispatching help

AT&T, in collaboration with Intrado, introduced a location-based routing feature in New Mexico that enables 911 dispatch centers to pinpoint the exact location where a 911 emergency call was placed. This service works by utilizing the GPS of the phone that made the call and connecting it with the closest 911 dispatch center so that public safety officials can identify the incident location swiftly and precisely. 

Tom Shull discusses the first decade of FirstNet accomplishments

The only nationwide public safety broadband network, FirstNet, which was created in 2012 is celebrating a decade of public safety accomplishments. Tom Shull, FirstNet’s Director of Legislative Affairs, details some of FirstNet’s major accomplishments throughout the years and provides insight on the future of the organization and it’s continued plans to advance public safety. 

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