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Blog // Connect Nevada

How the Nationwide Broadband Network Can Connect Local Needs

By Amanda Murphy

In a recent article by the National Association of Counties, the Sheriff for Niagara County, New York shares exactly what FirstNet’s nationwide broadband public safety network can mean for local public safety units.

Niagara County has ground, marine, and aerial patrols and just upgraded their technological capabilities to allow officers to quickly analyze and receive data. Grouping these upgrades with the future completion of the national network, Sheriff Jim Voutour anticipates being able to use smartphone apps connected to the secure, public-safety-grade network. The Sheriff’s Office has launched several apps for officer use, including real-time detention center information, complete with mug shots and charges, Amber Alert details including photos of missing persons, real-time escapee and search information, and more.

Technology will continue to advance and the capabilities for law enforcement and first-responders will grow.

Read more in the National Association of Counties article.

Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.


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