FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform that’s dedicated to America’s first responders and the extended public safety community
Springfield, MO — January 11, 2022 Looking for a simple and affordable way to upgrade customers’ 3G communicators to LTE? Here’s how you can do exactly that — plus give them the advantages of the FirstNet communications platform for all of their alarm communication. Today DMP releases its DualCom Universal Alarm Communicator that’s approved for use on FirstNet.
FirstNet is built through a public-private partnership between AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). It’s the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform that’s dedicated to and purpose-built specifically for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community.
Alarm companies have already been able to use the FirstNet network to transmit alarm signals using DMP’s XR Series™ and XT Series™ control panels. Now, they’ve got even more options with FirstNet using DMP’s dual path alarm communicator.
Not only does the DualCom make it easy to upgrade old systems to LTE, but as phone lines drop out, this solution gives a way to connect to older panels with dialer communicators only. Alarm companies can also give their customers the smart home features they want with automated actions, cameras and video doorbell all from the Virtual Keypad™ app. And don’t forget, with DMP, network communication is free.
But that’s not all — the DualCom provides commercial fire communication with easy installations. It’s engineered with dual tip and ring terminals, working elegantly with existing FACPs. For fire and all security alarm communication, FirstNet delivers 21st Century communication tools to help when moments matter most.
What are the key benefits of using FirstNet?
Using FirstNet for the transmission of public safety related alarms gives the advantage of Band 14 – the nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the federal government specifically for FirstNet. Other benefits include:
According to the Federal Communications Commission, the location of the 700 MHz Band gives it excellent propagation characteristics. This allows the 700 MHz signals to penetrate buildings and walls more easily and to cover larger geographic areas with less infrastructure (relative to frequencies in higher bands).
Is FirstNet Limited to Certain Types of User Accounts?
FirstNet can be used by premises alarm units at government facilities, as well as businesses and homes to communicate alarm information through the network. Typical signals would be burglar alarm, fire alarm, medical alarm signals and other related signals.
Who Is Eligible?
The transmission of public safety related alarms via FirstNet Ready® alarm panels qualifies for FirstNet extended primary service. To offer such panels with FirstNet service, an alarm company must first qualify for, and obtain, a Certificate of Verification from The Monitoring Association (TMA) and enter into a FirstNet Agreement with AT&T. TMA certification ensures that the alarm panels transmit public safety-related alarms to a Central Monitoring Station that verifies the authenticity of the alarm before notifying a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for relay to a public safety agency.
FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
DMP is a privately held, independent manufacturer of innovative intrusion, fire, access control, network and cellular communication products designed, engineered and manufactured in Springfield, Missouri, using U.S. and global components. DMP is the recognized leader in alarm communication over data networks, with products that are available through professional electronic security companies. For more information, visit DMP.com or contact Mark Hillenburg at MHillenburg@DMP.com.