GPS Technology Delivers Critical Lifeline for First Responders

By: J. David Grossman, Executive Director, GPS Innovation Alliance

Thanks to Legislation passed by Congress in 2012 that established FirstNet as an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce, preparations for a nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network are well underway. Touted among the many benefits for first responders include access to broadband-enabled devices, interoperability with neighboring jurisdictions and critical connectivity for rural communities. First responders in the field also stand to gain another valuable benefit: improved situational awareness and tracking using Global Positioning System or GPS.

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