FirstNet Preparedness: What Public Safety Agencies Can Do Now
Earlier this year, NetMotion began working with FirstNet modem vendors to integrate the early FirstNet-capable modems with NetMotion Diagnostics®. This enabled each jurisdiction, regardless of size, to be able to evaluate their current wireless coverage and usage patterns and make informed recommendations to state and federal entities about their needs for the FirstNet rollout.
With NetMotion Diagnostics, organizations can map and measure usage patterns, coverage and signal quality with devices connected to public wireless networks. Diagnostics also helps improve officer safety and public-facing services by uncovering the root causes of persistent or transient network connectivity problems.
With the latest version of Diagnostics, released mid-November, organizations using FirstNet-capable band 14 modems from Motorola and Harris can also gather empirical performance data and map real-world coverage when users roam between FirstNet and public carrier networks.
We’re excited that Diagnostics is helping agencies plan for and manage the eventual adoption of FirstNet. Even agencies not involved in active FirstNet trials are already using Diagnostics to build FirstNet preparedness for upcoming consultations and eventual deployments.
FirstNet is a much-needed enhancement to our nation’s ability to respond to emergencies and NetMotion is proud to be doing our part to make it a reality. As the installs progress, we’ll continue to report back on other helpful findings.
Hundreds of organizations around the world rely on Diagnostics to proactively manage, troubleshoot and optimize mobile worker connectivity. Diagnostics v3.20 supports all North American carriers including FirstNet; numerous mobile devices including built-in wireless, USB modems, mobile hotspots, modems and mobile computing devices running Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows. For FirstNet, Diagnostics initially supports the Harris Corp MBC-200 LTE mobile router and the Motorola VML 750 vehicle modem, with more to follow in the coming months.