Next-generation public safety technologies hold the promise of giving emergency responders access to new real-time video and data applications that are not currently available. TIA member companies are developing new products and services to help ensure that new mission-critical applications come to market economically, effectively and reliably.
Supporting First Responders
To promote the investment in and development of public safety communications, TIA supports the following:
- A competitive marketplace for first responder communications technology that is built upon a strong foundation of consensus-based, open standards for interoperability. This provides the best means to adapt cutting-edge technology to the specific needs and use cases for public safety.
- Rapid implementation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), established by the 2012 Spectrum Act, along with support for new 5G deployments and further next-generation communications protocols and technologies.
- Support for existing standards like Project 25 Land Mobile Radio, which for the near future will remain the only means of secure, interoperable, Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) communications, even as the first responder community transitions to broadband deployments.
- Federal grant funds to support the development of state, local, tribal and territorial communications systems and governance structures.
The 9-1-1 system currently exists as a patchwork of legacy and next-generation systems. To address this, the federal government should encourage and help fund the development and deployment of next-generation 9-1-1 systems to local, state, tribal and territorial regions across the country. This will allow emergency telecommunicators and first responders to make use of the robust broadband infrastructure in the United States to help themselves and others in times of emergency, leading to an advanced, robust and secure NG9-1-1 future.