The FirstNet Ecosystem: Spurring Innovation

Brian Hobson, Director, Enterprise Strategy Division, First Responder Network Authority

From natural disasters to critical incidents and everyday emergencies, first responders have experienced time and time again why communication is so crucial to their operations. Since its creation, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) has worked with first responders to understand what they need in a network and what technologies can support and enhance those efforts. The FirstNet Authority is committed to exploring and advancing future technologies and has supported several innovation contests encouraging entrepreneurs, researchers, and public safety professionals to come up with solutions that help emergency responders. For these contests, the FirstNet Authority has joined forces with other agencies with strengths in grants, coding, and technology to promote innovation for public safety technologies.

For example, the FirstNet Authority has partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on several initiatives.

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