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AT&T Expands FirstNet Public Safety Comms Tech Suite; Jason Porter Quoted

Jason Porter SVP
Jason Porter, SVP, FirstNet Program, AT&T

AT&T has introduced four communications tools that are built to work with the national FirstNet broadband system and help increase first responders' situational awareness.

The MegaRange high-power user equipment offering is designed to support connectivity for emergency response personnel who require connectivity over the Band-14 spectrum from locations that are hard to reach, AT&T said Tuesday.

Z-Axis for FirstNet functions as a vertical location mapping tool and offers indoor spatial awareness to help a first responder locate others inside a building.

The company also released its cell-on-wheels platform that connects to the public safety network via satellite and does not require commercial power to function.

Another FirstNet product offering is a push-to-talk technology the company developed to help smartphone users communicate over land mobile radio or LTE systems.

AT&T helped built the new wireless emergency communications network under a $6.5 billion public-private partnership deal announced in March 2017.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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