NIST CRADA Gives Priority Cellular Service to First Responders

Emergency service communication can now cut through congested phone lines during a crisis thanks to two Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), and more than 75 industry partners.

FirstNet is an independent authority under the Department of Commerce that develops and operates nationwide broadband network used by first responders.

The two five-year CRADAs allowed NIST, FirstNet, and its collaborators to identify gaps within today’s long-term evolution (LTE) standards for wireless broadband communication based on public safety requirements.

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