How to buy FirstNet devices (eBook)

Download this FirstNet devices buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation


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Communications technology is finally catching up to the needs and the demands of emergency services. Have you ever worked a large sporting event, community festival or concert? Have you tried calling-in a report during such an event? Plenty of bars, but can’t make a call or open a website, right?

The First Responder Network (FirstNet), built with AT&T, has the solution. It’s all about priority, coverage and interoperability. FirstNet is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce, authorized by Congress in 2012, to develop, build and operate a nationwide, broadband network designed specifically for emergency services. Its focus is on providing, enabling and progressing effective communication links both internally and externally between dispatch/communications centers and first responders.

While much of its drive has been gained from the spotlight surrounding natural disasters, large-crowd events and the limitations of rural communications systems, FirstNet is also driven to solve the infrastructure challenges of day-to-day communications for all emergency services, regardless of their location. Emergency services shouldn’t have to compete with the rest of the population to talk on the phone, share information or gather information via data streaming.

Included in this guide: 

  • Key considerations before purchasing FirstNet devices
  • Top implementation considerations
  • Questions to ask vendors

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