Monday, September 21st, 2015

Access Technologies Supports FirstNet®

Access Technologies is proud to announce their support of FirstNet®, an effort for public safety.

The First Responder Network Authority, also known as FirstNet®, is a legislative effort passed by Congress to create a nationwide, public safety broadband network. This includes building, deploying, and operating the system to ensure a failsafe first responder network in the United States.

Access Technologies played a vital role in fighting the Los Conchas fire in the Jemez Mountains of northwestern New Mexico in 2011. This fire was not only detrimental to the mountain, but threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratories and surrounding areas. After consulting with the fire command center at Santa Ana Pueblo before the fire broke out, Access Technologies was able to employ the Exalt ExploreAir 18 GHz microwave backhaul system to provide IT connectivity throughout the pueblo. With this stronger connectivity, the U.S. Forest Service was able to communicate with firefighters through wireless technology, and helped them to stop the fire. This type of technology, provided by Access Technologies, proved to be not only efficient, but also reliable during a time of distress.

FirstNet® trial applications are being rolled out to just a few states nationwide—and Access Technologies is honored to offer technical support services to this important effort. Revolutionizing the communication between public safety officials, FirstNet® will improve the way first responders across the county carry out their jobs during a crisis.

In a world where time is of the essence and seconds matter during any crisis or dangerous situation, public safety officials need reliable means of communication. FirstNet® will integrate user-friendly communication devices and applications to improve communications for first responders and allow them to do their job in an easier, safer manner. Thanks to Access Technologies, these applications and devices are being developed to carry information such as locations, images, and even live video feed that could be the difference between life and death in serious situations.

In the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster, people turn to their communication devices to contact their families, using up a lot of the network. This can make it nearly impossible for public safety officials and first responders to communicate. FirstNet® will bring an exclusive network with mobile capabilities and strong capacity, just as Access Technologies provided for the Los Conchas fire, designed specifically for public safety officials. This mobility will also serve its purpose in rural areas, where the network is weak or nonexistent, during rescue missions in which medical centers may need to be contacted.

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