Supplier: FirstNet - Built with AT&T
Platform: iOS, Android
Released: March 29, 2019
Categories: Communication, Quality of Service
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Public safety apps get prioritized quality of service on FirstNet. Even within that set of apps, there are critical apps which during incidents and under certain trigger conditions have to be elevated to receive a higher quality of service** .
The elevated priority is triggered by the app based on predefined trigger conditions; it does not need human intervention. Apps that need higher quality of service (QoS) get exactly that, right when they need it.
During emergencies, public safety responders depend on the ability to collaborate reliably and effortlessly with their broader teams. In responding to an incident, it is vital that our country’s law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, and the larger responder communities can depend on apps they need to get the job done.
FirstNet is providing public safety responders with an evolving set of QoS, priority and preemption capabilities unavailable to them previously. First PriorityTM, a feature of FirstNet, offers enhanced QoS capabilities. FirstNet App PriorityTM is one such capability.
FirstNet App Priority provides third-party mobile apps the ability to
Based on the public safety use case of the app, FirstNet App Priority provides two levels of uplift - Critical Level and Priority Level. When trigger conditions are valid, the app requests elevated priority. On receiving the request, the network using a comprehensive view, determines the appropriate level* and performs the priority uplift as appropriate. Once uplifted, the app stays uplifted for a period of time or may be extended if reasons for uplift continues.
FirstNet App Priority is targeted towards mobile apps actively used during incidents, emergencies and event management such as situational awareness, active collaboration and communication, video streaming, connected ambulance/EMT communication apps, emergency rescue and management etc. to name a few.
*The priority level, which is dependent on multiple factors, will be either higher or the same level of QoS
FirstNet – Built with AT&T
For public safety, by public safety
Due to communications challenges during the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a single, interoperable network for public safety. For years, public safety organizations lobbied Congress to make this recommendation a reality. Therefore, when Congress established the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in 2012, it based its mission on public safety’s express concerns and desires.
To truly design the FirstNet network for public safety by public safety – a distinction that makes it unique in American telecommunications history – FirstNet continuously consults with local, state/territory, tribal and federal public safety agencies across the country.
Over the past several years, FirstNet has collaborated with public safety stakeholders and leadership from each state and territory. Never before has the public safety community had the opportunity to provide input towards the creation of a nationwide broadband network tailored specifically to meet their needs as they save lives and protect communities across the nation.