FirstNet

NIST launches immersive VR research center for public safety

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Researchers at NIST plan to use the new space to develop new indoor location-tracking technology and user interfaces for public safety.

Congressional watchdog urges lawmakers to act to save FirstNet

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The Government Accountability Office suggested several ways lawmakers could reorganize the FirstNet Authority before its statute runs out in 2027.

FirstNet Authority promotes interim director after 18-month search

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Edward Parkinson, who's led the FirstNet leadership as interim CEO and director since 2018, has been promoted to serve in the role full-time.

Cities need specialists to keep pace with emerging tech, experts say

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Panelists at the Consumer Electronics Show suggested cities hire people — which they referred to as "lookers" — to manage civic-tech pilot projects.

FirstNet-approved device list names 163 smartphones, tablets, laptops

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An original list of 17 devices has grown nearly tenfold as of 2020 and includes many popular devices, including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

FirstNet approves $82 million budget for 2020

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The budget also includes $82 million in reserve funding and $145 million in network reinvestment.

FirstNet's new 'roadmap' offers preview of network's future

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Expanding the network's "deployables fleet" and improving in-building coverage fall under six priorities outlined in FirstNet's latest planning document.

Verizon inks first multi-vendor public safety contract with Massachusetts

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The contract will allow Verizon and AT&T to provide dedicated service to public safety agencies in Massachusetts.

San Jose first to implement FirstNet citywide

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San Jose, California, will equip 10 agencies — including police, fire and environmental services — with devices that run on the new network for public-safety communications.

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