FirstNet Offers Ecosystem

Beyond core public-safety network, FirstNet offers ‘ecosystem’ for software developers

Developer tools, an app store, and cybersecurity requirements will all be included for companies seeking to support public safety, a board member of the federal agency says.

FirstNet board member Teri Takai, center, speaks at the 2017 Public Sector Innovation Summit in Arlington, Virginia.

By Colin Wood,

The country’s first nationwide wireless communications network for public safety is being developed as an “innovation platform,” a board member of the federal agency said Wednesday.

The $46.5 billion network being developed by AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will have apps and functionality that cannot even be envisioned today, said FirstNet board member Teri Takai. Takai, who has served as chief information officer for California, Michigan, and the Department of Defense, shared some of the project’s vision with an audience at the Public Sector Innovation Summit presented by VMware and produced by StateScoop and FedScoop.



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