Texas A&M Hosts FirstNet Applications Workshop
Monday, October 26, 2015 | Comments

Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC) is hosting a workshop Nov. 3 – 5 that will offer two First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) firsts. One is the integration of next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) call activity with the FirstNet network, and the other is the prioritization of applications over the FirstNet network.

The workshop provides first responders access to pending FirstNet infrastructure and applications in a scenario-based exercise. The exercise is based on a hurricane scenario and will include diverse first responders including local law enforcement, Texas Department of Public Safety, United States Coast Guard, Texas National Guard and Texas Task Force One.

The exercise will be held at the TAMU Engineering Extension Disaster City facility with remote connections in Houston, Galveston and El Paso, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

The event’s three benefits include:
• Outreach to the first responder community as they learn about the applications and network through hands-on experience;
• A proving grounds for the vendor community to test applications before the network is launched nationwide; and
• State leaders can learn about what it takes to support the infrastructure.

The purpose of this workshop is for other states to learn about how to hold such an exercise in their state. The workshop will let other early adopters share their experiences in holding such exercises, explaining what goes into planning the exercise, and what resources are available to hold your own exercise.

For more information and to register, click here.

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