Mobile Situational Awareness Solutions – What First Responders Should Look For

Mobile Situational Awareness Solutions – What First Responders Should Look For

Providers with FirstNet and other leading certifications, along with Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) partnerships have a distinct advantage in neutralizing customer concerns in this area.

Frost.com

December 31, 2019

The mobile situational awareness solutions market is in an early stage, with a limited number of small vendors jockeying for attention and market share.

What is a mobile situational awareness solution? These applications put near real-time information about critical field situations at the disposal of emergency first response teams via their mobile devices. This information typically includes a mapping of the area and its surroundings, location and status of personnel and other markers, alerts, relevant photos and videos, and up-to-the-minute guidance from central command.
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Make 2020 Your Year to Learn and Grow

Make 2020 Your Year to Learn and Grow

[Originally published in the January/February 2020 PSC magazine.]

It’s popular to start the new year with resolutions, but it’s also common to break those resolutions after a few weeks or months. One of the latest alternatives is to try something new every month, which, aside from avoiding that new year’s resolution pressure, offers the opportunity to meet new people, learn about yourself and expose yourself to new ideas. Trying new things regularly can help you grow as a person, boost your confidence level and expand your perspective on life in general.

If you want to give it a try this year, we have some suggestions for you…

A Growing and Diverse Ecosystem of FirstNet Devices

Mark Golaszewski, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation Division

In a world where technology trends are ever changing, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and our network contractor, AT&T, are working diligently to deliver a dedicated public safety broadband network. In addition to a reliable and secure connection, we are working with AT&T to build a diverse device ecosystem that will meet the needs of public safety. There is an extensive range of devices available to FirstNet users across all public safety disciplines, which includes smartphones, tablets, routers, and modems that support FirstNet network capabilities and each discipline’s unique needs in all the environments responders serve.
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PSAC meeting highlights 2019 accomplishments and 2020 initiatives

By Kenzie Capece, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

Last week the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) held the bi-annual Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) meeting in Austin, Texas, bringing together more than 20 PSAC members. The FirstNet Authority leadership team also participated in the day-long meeting, including Board Members Paul PatrickMayor Billy Hewes, and Karima Holmes, as well as Executive Director Edward Parkinson and senior FirstNet Authority experts.

PSAC Chair Todd Early kicked off the meeting by recognizing PSAC members for their work in 2019 to ensure that first responders nationwide can access to FirstNet.
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The FirstNet Ecosystem: Spurring Innovation

Brian Hobson, Director, Enterprise Strategy Division, First Responder Network Authority

From natural disasters to critical incidents and everyday emergencies, first responders have experienced time and time again why communication is so crucial to their operations. Since its creation, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) has worked with first responders to understand what they need in a network and what technologies can support and enhance those efforts. The FirstNet Authority is committed to exploring and advancing future technologies and has supported several innovation contests encouraging entrepreneurs, researchers, and public safety professionals to come up with solutions that help emergency responders. For these contests, the FirstNet Authority has joined forces with other agencies with strengths in grants, coding, and technology to promote innovation for public safety technologies.

For example, the FirstNet Authority has partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on several initiatives.
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FirstNet Authority engages with emergency managers at IAEM

FirstNet Authority engages with emergency managers at IAEM

By Tracey Murdock, Senior Public Safety Advisor

FirstNet is here, but that doesn’t mean that our work is done. To ensure the network evolves with the needs of our nation’s first responders, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) team is regularly engaging with public safety to learn how the network can best support their operations. One of our recent engagements allowed us to dive into the world of emergency management, where data is key to operational success.
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