November Winter Institute, Workshop to Address NG 9-1-1, FirstNet Experiences
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The Fourth Winter Institute at Disaster City in College Station, Texas, is scheduled Nov. 15 – 17.

Concurrent to the Winter Institute is a workshop that helps public-safety professionals host an exercise in their home states. As a part of the workshop, attendees spend time in the field at the Disaster City exercise.

“This workshop will not only show you the value of such an exercise but it will also describe to you how obtain access to the network, devices and applications making an exercise a possibility in your state,” said Walt Magnussen, director of Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC).

For the past four years, ITEC has either hosted or supported about 10 exercises that involved the deployment of a temporary 700 MHz band 14 network, put devices and applications in the hands of first responders, and helped them conduct a scenario-based exercise to get a first-hand experience of what the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will be able to offer. 

This year’s event will demonstrate the first next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) call to a FirstNet first responder thanks to assistance from the Galveston County (Texas) 9-1-1 District. Attendees will also experience the role of FirstNet in supporting search-and-rescue robots.

FirstNet does not support or endorse either the Winter Institute or the workshop; the workshop is the sole responsibility of TAMU.

Information on last year’s event is here. Registration information can be found at http://itec.tamu.edu.

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