LAS VEGAS, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), the premier annual event for communications technology professionals, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, is taking place this week in Las Vegas. The event is targeted to government, public safety, transportation, utilities and enterprises that rely on communications technology. This week's biggest announcement was made this morning in Washington D.C. by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross that the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will sign a 25-year contract to AT&T to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network.
Gregg Herring, VP & Market Leader, Public Infrastructure said, "We are excited that IWCE is able to play a critical role providing an informational forum for this important initiative. When it comes to public safety, Americans expect results from first responders. The first-of-its-kind FirstNet network will carry high-speed data, location information, images, and streaming video to public-safety users, so they can have the best information to make critical decisions quickly."
Yesterday TJ Kennedy, president, FirstNet delivered a keynote address discussing the nationwide public safety broadband network. To view the video, click here.
Stephanie McCall, Show Director, IWCE said, "This is an exciting time for our industry as well as first responders. FirstNet fulfills a promise made to first responders after 9/11 – that they would have the technology they need to stay safe and do their jobs effectively. IWCE has been providing FirstNet with a platform for education since its inception. Even before FirstNet was established Morgan O'Brien, former Nextel Communications co-founder, proposed this idea for a nationwide public safety broadband network during a keynote at IWCE in 2006. FirstNet is featured throughout the event providing public safety professionals, technology vendors, government officials and app developers with opportunity to find the information and critical education they need."
A FirstNet Town Hall meeting will be held Thursday at 3:30 pm. FirstNet is located in booth #532 in the IWCE Exhibit Hall. In addition, the conference program is offering a FirstNet track covering the following topics:
- FirstNet Early Builders, Trials Use Cases and Deployable Networks
- Flexibility: The Key to NPSBN Build-Out Success
- Working Together: FirstNet and NG911
- Going Shopping: What Exactly Does FirstNet Offer?
- FirstNet in Review
- Opt In/Opt Out: A Governor's Decision
- FirstNet State Plans: Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) Opt Out Process
- FirstNet Tech Panel: Cybersecurity
- Get What You Pay For: Ensuring Performance
- FirstNet Voice Offerings: Dispel the Myths
- FirstNet Tech Panel: Apps - How Will Public Safety Leverage FirstNet?
- State of the States: State Plans
- FirstNet Discipline Roundtables
To read more about the latest news on FirstNet, visit http://www.urgentcomm.com.
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Since 1977, the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) has been the premier annual event for communications technology professionals. IWCE features over 400 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry. Over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military, public safety, utility, transportation and business enterprise. IWCE 2017 will be held March 27-31, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit www.iwceexpo.com.
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