It goes without saying that communications are absolutely critical for Public Safety. The very nature of Public Safety services requires highly reliable systems, while with many new technologies, reliability tends to follow sometime after introduction. This creates a challenge to the implementation of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and the application of 4G LTE services to the unique needs of Public Safety.
AT&T through their FirstNet contract has embraced this challenge with innovations targeting Public Safety’s functionality and reliability requirements. Embodied in this challenge is an understanding of Public Safety’s long history using Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems to meet their communications requirements. This history has built a level of trust that FirstNet must meet in providing Mission Critical voice communications as well as with their new and innovative services.