By Charles Murph, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority)
First responders respond to incidents in all types of environments—on land, in the air, and on water—and they need to be able to communicate wherever the mission takes them. Most ground-based missions are covered by existing cell infrastructure, while aerial or maritime missions typically push the boundaries of current wireless broadband solutions.
That’s why the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) established a working group to study public safety wireless broadband mission requirements when operating in the air and on the water. The group sought to understand how public safety currently uses broadband for aviation and maritime operations and how it could be used in these environments in the future.