FirstNet Releases RFI on Apps (12/2/13)
Monday, December 02, 2013 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released a request for information (RFI) on application platforms. FirstNet is seeking information about key components of the application platform, helping it determine future acquisitions and potential partners.

“Mobile apps running on the FirstNet nationwide broadband network will transform the way public safety completes its mission,” said FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino. “We want to hear from all interested stakeholders on their creative and innovative ideas on how this platform should operate.”

FirstNet is looking for information from interested parties with the following capabilities:

• Mobile Device Application Solutions — experience in building mobile device solutions at a device and platform level;

• App Store — solutions for user-oriented mobile app stores;

• Big Data/API and Cloud — real-time search, analytics, and reporting and auditing when accessing cloud-based solutions;

• Public-Safety Data — experience working with public-safety data from agencies;

• Data Security — maintaining application, information and big data securely in terms of encrypting and accessing the data, providing an audit trail and reporting;

• Application Testing and Certification — test suites and processes to verify applications and interfaces;

• Publisher Interfaces — experience building interfaces to agency information; and

• Identity Management — platforms that allow first responders to be identified and integrate with local identity solutions through a federated system.

This is the 12th RFI issued by FirstNet this calendar year. FirstNet issued an RFI for devices in May, and then issued 10 RFIs in July on two crucial portions of the nationwide public-safety network: the radio access network (RAN) and core network. FirstNet received more than 300 comments from a wide range of stakeholders on these RFIs.

Questions or clarifications concerning this RFI must be submitted to FirstNet no later than Dec. 3. RFI responses must be submitted to the mailing address or via email no later than Jan. 17. Mailing address: FirstNet Applications RFI, 3130 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 210, San Ramon, CA, 94583. Email:

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