The First Responder Network Authority detailed a five-year planÂ to advance aÂ nationwide public safety broadband system with regard to the network core, capacity and coverage, situational awareness,Â information exchange security, voice communications and user experience, Government Technology reported Friday.
Under theÂ FirstNet Authority Roadmap, the U.S. governmentÂ intends to provideÂ ubiquitous network access, increase real-time communications, addressÂ security issues and ensure ease of use. In addition, the FirstNet organization plans to continue the installation of portable cells called âdeployablesâ for handlingÂ services as needed.
âWe all need to be connected, from the police department to the fire department to the person in the ER. They all need to be on the network for the vision to be realized, and these numbers tell us that we are getting there,â she added.
Public safety agencies have used the network to transmit data during 175 missions this year. According to Schwartz, different organizations beyondÂ fire, police and medicalÂ emergency departments are also embracing the new communications system.