Why Do We Need FirstNet If We Have NG911?

 

Strange as it may sound, I have heard this question asked more than once: “Why do we need FirstNet if we have Next Generation 911” (NG911)? Or the opposite, why do we need NG911 if we are moving to FirstNet?

Strange as it may sound, I have heard this question asked more than once: “Why do we need FirstNet if we have Next Generation 911” (NG911)? Or the opposite, why do we need NG911 if we are moving to FirstNet? Although not overly pervasive, there is a perception among “some lay folks” that this is a duplication of efforts, and with it, an associated duplication of cost. So, while there is no intent to be critical nor condescending, this is an attempt at clarification.

On June 29, 2015, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) published a document entitled, FirstNet and Next Generation 911, High-Level Overview of Systems and Functionality, Final Report. That document essentially explained that inbound to the PSAP are calls for service and outbound are dispatch and incident related communications. Figuratively, NG911 is to the left of the PSAP and FirstNet is to the right.

This article originally appeared in MicroAutomation, June 2017 and was written by Jim Dundas. Please click below to go to their site and read the entire article.

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