Telit, a provider of infrastructure for the Internet of Things has been selected for a set of routers designed to work on FirstNet’s band 14. The company’s LTE LE910C4-NF IoT module and LM960 data card were selected by Centrix IP to power a line of first responder communication routers from Agile Interoperable Solutions (AIS).
The AIS range will be available with vehicle mounting, as a portable unit, or as a ruggedized backpack for on-person support. Multiple vehicle or backpack units can be ‘meshed’ together to create a larger Wi-Fi coverage area for incident response units, for emergency use as a business continuity back-up, or to support an event.
LM960 Gigabit Cat 18 data card is the first global mini PCI express card capable of supporting 23 global LTE bands.
FirstNet has its own device team working with states to approve devices for use on the network. The network authority is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) to create and maintain lists of devices that are approved for critical communications. This includes Band 14 functionality when applicable, FirstNet UICC or SIM functionality, as well as functionality with the FirstNet Core. The full list of devices is available here.
On Monday, FirstNet also announced that it will be creating a Response Operations Program for all 50 states. The program aligns with the National Incident Management System to better guide the deployment of the FirstNet dedicated deployable assets based on the needs of public safety. Alignment will be supported by embedding liaisons within each state Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to deploy assets based on their situational awareness of life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation.
During incidents, dedicated liaisons will be available to provide 24/7 support to the state EOCs. And as the program continues to grow, liaisons will join county and municipal EOCs where personnel are available to do so. The program is supported by AT&T’s FirstNet team.