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Blog // Connect Iowa

Public Safety in the Hands of FirstNet Software

By Connected Nation

The FirstNet wireless communication system has the ability to transform emergency departments across state lines. With its wireless technology, police, fire, and other first response teams can communicate simultaneously during emergencies. FirstNet will improve response times, which will ultimately improve the beginning of an emergency where communication can be the least efficient. New Jersey is one of the first states to opt-in to the FirstNet technology in partnership with AT&T. “New Jersey is proud to take this important step for first responders in our state. The decision to join this network means FirstNet and AT&T will deliver...

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An Example of How FirstNet Will Improve Communications Among Law Enforcement Teams

By Connected Nation

There are multiple first response agencies that cover large territories and need to communicate in emergencies more effectively. FirstNet’s efforts to provide a uniform broadband network will do just that. Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department Chief Scott Edson talked about how crucial an LTE broadband network is for all 40 police departments just within his area. With the need to respond in 88 cities, there is no room for slow data and dropped signals. “If all the users want to send large amounts of data, FirstNet brings us the pipeline that we need for that kind of solution,” said Edson. Many types of technology, such as body cameras...

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FirstNet: The Power of Data and Technology for Firefighters and Wildfires

By Connected Nation

Once complete, FirstNet will be a single, nationwide, interoperable LTE network for public safety communications. It will give first responders priority in emergency situations, making it possible for them to better communicate amongst themselves and with the public. It’s not just important for police and emergency medical care. Firefighters also need a better way to communicate while in the field. It’s especially important in Indian County, California, which is located near San Diego, because of the history of fires in the area. These areas are remote, which means it is difficult for wildfire first responders to detect a fire’s mass and...

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