FirstNet is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. FirstNet is governed by a 15-member Board consisting of the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and 12 members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The FirstNet Board is composed of representatives from public safety; local, state and federal government; and the wireless industry. These dedicated individuals bring their expertise, experience and commitment to serving public safety and meeting the FirstNet mission…
Setting out to meet an ambitious timeline, first responders in three regions of New Jersey are expected later this year to use a new dedicated public-safety LTE network composed entirely of deployable infrastructure operating on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), IWCE’s Urgent Communications reports.
PMC Associates, a New Jersey-based company specializing in mission-critical radio solutions for first responders, is teaming up with Oceus Networks and Fujitsu Network Communications to build the proof-of-concept network, known as JerseyNet.
PMC Associates is providing integration and support services, while Oceus Networks is supplying the LTE core and the radio access network (RAN). Fujitsu is designing, equipping and managing the wireless and wireline backhaul portions of the network.
Bryan Casciano, vice president of sales for PMC Associates, told IWCE’s Urgent Communications that JerseyNet is designed to include more than 30 cells on wheels (COWs) and six systems on wheels (SOWs) that can be deployed in various locations via SUVs, vans or trailers.
Under the terms of its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding, the JerseyNet deployment must be completed by September, a requirement that is expected to be met under the current schedule. “We want to have all of this installed by June,” Casciano told the publication….
“Ham radio has worked in emergencies where nothing else gets through. …,” said Ham teacher Norm Goodkin. “It’s also helping build basic skills — skills that are no longer taught in school — improving not only our ability to communicate in disasters, but adding back some of the ‘lost tools’ that Americans used to be famous for — the ability to do things ourselves.”
The tragic events of Sept. 9, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 highlighted two phenomena common in disasters: Network communications tower sites were destroyed, and network traffic overwhelmed systems — two distinct issues causing failure in both public safety, and consumer-oriented communications. Continue reading →
If you had not already heard there will be a system wide test of the EAS Emergency Alert System on November 9th at 2:00 pm EST. This will mean that for the test all Radio, and Television signal will be cut off for the test all at the same time nation wide. What does this mean for us? Well it shows us that in the case of a national emergency or better yet Martial Law that our Federal Government has the ability to shut down communication’s across the nation. Granted this will only be a test and has been handed over to FEMA and the FCC to implement. I have a few questions though. First, why is this the first time they have done a system wide test? Second, It seems an odd coincidence that it follows the first ever month long multi state exercise done by FEMA in it’s history. Thirdly, It is also involving other departments of Homeland Security. Granted I am no rocket scientist but it seems odd because of the timing and the involvement of other homeland security departments. To say the least I am a bit concerned about this test. The fact that our government can at it’s will have the ability to shut down all forms of communications is a bit horrifying to me. I already knew that they had the ability to shut down internet and cell phone service anytime they saw fit but to have the ability to shut down all communications across the country is not very comforting. It begs the question what is the test supposed to prove and why now? The economy is in the toilet and the future is not looking so bright right now. Its this a harbinger of things to come or just a simple test. I hate conspiratorial crap and usually try to find some sane answer to things like this. This whole thing is not common knowledge and has not been talked about over any of the radio and television stations that I have been tuned into. You can find info about it on the Homeland Security website but who ever really go to their site unless they really need some type of information? If it was just a simple test don’t you think that most of the stations would be letting everyone know what is going on before hand? I think that there are going to be a ton of people across the nation calling into their local 911 call center wondering what the hell is going on….