Robert Patterson, senior executive director of global law enforcement at AT&T‘s public sector solutions business, has said the FirstNet communications serviceÂ could be a “game changer” for the way public safety personnel conductÂ rescue and recovery missions.
He wrote in a GCN insight piece published Tuesday theÂ nationwide broadband network offers push-to-talk features intended to help agencies collaborate to address public safety concerns.
Patterson added theÂ system uses a physically separate network core designed to supportÂ end-to-end encryption tools andÂ facilitates interoperability across land mobile radios as well asÂ LTE devices.
“Its effectiveness improves each time a new agency or public safety professional signs up,” he noted.
The network hosts over 600K device connections fromÂ more than 7K organizations throughout the country.