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swanlinbar   Thursday, 06/06/19 03:30:25 PM
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SYATF FirstNet Public Safety Network, First-of-Kind Devices Meet Critical First-Responder Needs
8:30 am ET June 5, 2019 (PR Newswire) Print
Communication platforms are ubiquitous, yet first responders still have difficulty communicating in emergencies. To meet the vital communication needs of first responders, Siyata Mobile Inc. (TSX-V: SIM) (OTC: SYATF) (SYATF Profile) leveraged its strong commercial experience in mission-critical communications systems and launched its FirstNet Ready Uniden(R) UV350, the first-to-market, in-vehicle device of its kind. FirstNet is being built in a public-private partnership with AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and the First Responder Network Authority, an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. FirstNet is continuously expanding coverage, capacity and capability of the platform while first responders currently on the system receive fast, reliable broadband connectivity that consistently outperforms other networks. Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) recently bought Kodiak Solutions, a Push-To-Talk software that is FirstNet enabled. Also in recent news, Sierra Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: SWIR) introduced its AirLink MG90 High-Performance Multi-Network Vehicle Router now certified and approved for use on FirstNet, and in April Sonim Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SONM) released the Sonim XP3, a rugged handset on the FirstNet communications platform.

-- Historically, first responders have struggled to communicate between various departments in emergencies.

-- Public-private partnership established to develop and operate a dedicated public safety cellular network.

-- Savvy tech companies deliver crucially important devices that are FirstNet Ready.

To view an infographic of this editorial, click here.

The Birth of FirstNet

Nowhere were first responder communication challenges more evident than in the aftermath of 9/11, which exposed deadly flaws in rescue communications. Police radios gave clear warnings of the imminent collapse of the second tower, transmitted 21 minutes before the building fell. Yet most firefighters never heard those warnings or other orders to get out, and far too many paid the ultimate price.

The existing radio system frequently failed that morning. And even if the radio network had been reliable, it wasn't linked to the police system. Throughout the horror, heroic efforts were plagued by failures of communication, command and control. These fatal flaws ultimately led to the formation of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to ensure the construction, deployment and operation of a nationwide broadband network that equips first responders with the communication tools needed to save lives and protect communities.

With more than 3.5 million first responder vehicles estimated in the United States alone, an immense market exists for fast, reliable and effective public safety communication. First responders are hampered by not only the inability to link with other agencies but also by the lack of bandwidth spectrum. Too often agencies are forced to use publicly accessed frequencies, creating cross talk and log jams.

To address this shortcoming, Band 14 spectrum was licensed by FirstNet and dedicated to nationwide public safety. The dedicated broadband network provides a separate communications channel for first responders' day-to-day operations, disaster response and recovery, providing security for large events and operating 25% faster than any commercial network. The FirstNet platform has grown rapidly since its inception in 2012, with 7,250 public safety agencies currently signed on and more than 600,000 device connections currently in use.


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