Lessons Learned from Global Attacks: How FirstNet Can Better Prepare the US for Crisis Response
Published: September 21, 2016
Terror attacks and mass shootings have become far too common in our world today, and public safety officials across the United States are forced to plan and prepare for worst-case scenarios in their own communities. As terrorist tactics continue to evolve, so too must the law enforcement response.
Patterns can be found in after-action analysis of incidents around the globe and here at home. Recurring problems hindering law enforcement include communication breakdowns among responding agencies, overcrowded cellular networks, and a lack of real-time information sharing at the scene of the attacks.
Our nation has an opportunity to incorporate lessons learned from crises worldwide into the ongoing development and deployment of the FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority) nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). Established to modernize communications for first responders and provide a dedicated high-speed broadband network exclusively for public safety, FirstNet can make significant strides toward better preparing and equipping U.S. first responders for large-scale emergency scenarios.
What First Responders Really Need from Public Safety Broadband
Interoperability without giving up control
Distributed architecture enables Mission Critical Group Collaboration while maintaining the sovereignty of each agency.
Ad hoc Sharing Model
Sharing groups are formed dynamically in an ad hoc environment where media/data to share is securely pushed to the group by authorized users.
Deployed in Mobile Communications Units (MCUs) and LTE deployables as well as fixed infrastructure, cross-agency interoperability is available even when the wide-area network is not.