FirstNet One LTE blimp used for first time in aftermath of Hurricane Laura

FirstNet One, recently completed its first real deployment providing public-safety communications, as the tethered the aerostat that acts as an LTE tower in the sky supported the response effort in Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, according to AT&T officials.

SOURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: September 23, 2020

“This was our first field deployment in a real incident,” Tom Steele, AT&T’s director of strategy and operation for the FirstNet program, said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications.

“We were very anxious to get that opportunity, because no matter how much you try to simulate a real emergency, you can’t completely duplicate what’s going on when you respond to a disaster incident like this, when you’re two miles deep into a swamp and trying to avoid alligators, snakes and turtles on the road as you’re trying to get there.” READ MORE

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