BREAKING NEWS: Former FirstNet executives form Public Safety Technology Alliance

According to reports from online news aggregate Fierce Wireless, several former FirstNet executives have recently formed the Public Safety Technology Alliance, the PSTA for short, where first responders from around the United States will work together to promote open standards and interoperability for industry related broadband wireless communications. Read the full story below. (https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/former-firstnet-executives-form-public-safety-technology-alliance) “Standardization…

Does your phone make the cut? NIST releases list of 17 devices approved for use on FirstNet system

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a list of 17 devices- including smart phones and tablets- which have been approved for use with FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. According to industry news reports from IWCE’s Urgent Communications, the devices include large corporations like Apple. http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/nist-releases-initial-list-17-devices-certified-use-firstnet-system “Devices from Apple, Samsung,…

BREAKING NEWS: FirstNet, AT&T announce subscriber-paid/BYOD offering

Public safety agencies with minimal budgets for new radio equipment will now be able to utilize services through FirstNet, according to industry reports from IWCE’s Urgent Communications. (http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-att-announce-nationwide-availability-subscriber-paidbyod-of) “Primary public-safety agencies with little or no budget to pay for their personnel to have broadband services can utilize a FirstNet subscriber-paid—or bring your own device (BYOD)—offering recently made…

AT&T’s extreme-weather drone provides new LTE coverage in difficult environments

Recent public safety headlines are reporting a drone AT&T is calling COW – cell on wings – will be able to provide broadband coverage in difficult situations, like extreme weather conditions, is already operational. Read the full story from Urgent Communications below. (http://urgentcomm.com/long-term-evolution/att-s-extreme-weather-drone-provides-new-lte-coverage-option-difficult-environme) “AT&T recently announced a tethered drone that is designed to operate as…

June Newsletter: How to pick the best vendor

The ninth edition of the Pyramid Newsletter focuses on how to pick the best vendor for your upcoming public safety project. While several tips and tricks were included in the center piece story on pages one and two, space constraints did not allow us to pass along all the information written by our President, Terry…

Indiana on cutting edge of text to 911 technology

INDIANA – According to reports, Indiana is one of the only states in the country which allows text to 911 in all counties. (http://www.wishtv.com/news/indiana-news/after-4-years-indiana-embraces-text-to-911-in-emergencies/1216368826) “Emergency response officials say residents in all 92 Indiana counties can now send text-to-911 messages during emergencies if they’re unable to speak to dispatchers. Ed Reuter is executive director of the…