Noblesville Becomes First Indiana FirstNet Subscriber
Friday, February 02, 2018 | Comments

The city of Noblesville, Indiana, is the first city in the state to subscribe its public-safety departments to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

“We are proud to be the anchor tenant in Indiana and one of the first cities nationwide for this cutting-edge public-safety communications platform,” said Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear. “We want to lead in technology and public safety, and this move allows us to do both and provide better service to our first responders, residents and guests in times of need.”

Noblesville’s decision to join FirstNet was based on three factors, including priority and pre-emption; flexible data plans, including unlimited, pooled and machine-to-machine (M2M) options; and system reliability, including a fleet of deployables to provide coverage support as needed.

“Communications networks become congested in disasters, emergencies or even large city events or concerts at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center,” Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt said. “With FirstNet, first responders and other public-safety personnel will access one highly secure, nationwide, interoperable communications platform that will support voice, data, text and video communications.”

When a major event occurs, it’s important to share data with other responders. As more agencies join FirstNet, it will drive a greater level of interoperability for public safety, helping Noblesville communicate across agencies, jurisdictions and even state lines, a statement said.

“Emergencies can truly happen anywhere, so first responders everywhere deserve access to reliable communications capabilities that help them keep themselves and those they protect safer,” said Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission Executive Director David Vice. “All of us in Indiana are grateful that Gov. Eric Holcomb decided to opt in to FirstNet back in October, and we’re proud to join Noblesville today as the city blazes a trail for other communities to follow.”

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