AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority have partnered to address New York Cityâ€™s public safety connectivity needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company coordinated with the cityâ€™s government, hospitals and public safety authorities to facilitate health care activities in response to the coronavirus issue, Jason Porter, AT&Tâ€™s senior vice president for the FirstNet program, wrote in a blog post published Monday.
AT&T equipped NYC ambulances with ultra-rugged Sonim XP8 and enhanced integrated push-to-talk equipment that allows dispatchers to visually locate and communicate with fielded first responders.
The two partners have also coordinated with authorities to help USNS Comfortâ€™s first responders avoid network traffic congestion. USNS Comfort is a medical ship that visited NYC to provide relief for non-coronavirus patients to reduce the workload in city hospitals.