AT&T Targets Developers with Apps for FirstNet App Catalog
Friday, February 16, 2018 | Comments

The head of AT&T’s application developer program for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) outlined details on the program and how developers can become involved during a Feb. 15 webinar with RadioResource Media Group.

Prathima Simha, AT&T head of product management and marketing for the FirstNet App Catalog, said the app store will allow all FirstNet subscribers to access apps that have been tested and certified by the program. The store will distribute and manage all FirstNet apps for subscribers, which will use FirstNet single sign-on to access all apps, devices and FirstNet portals.

The FirstNet Developer portal includes guidelines, a catalog of application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs), and development and testing tools, including the AT&T Video Optimizer. With the portal, developers can submit an iOS or Android app for FirstNet review. FirstNet will test and review security, availability, scalability and reliability before certifying the app. The review process takes about four to six weeks, and then once certified, an app will be distributed through the FirstNet App Catalog.

FirstNet subscribers can view app descriptions, release notes and screen shots in the FirstNet App Catalog. Users can filter by category, device platform and subscriber discipline and quickly see “FirstNet certified” apps. The applications can be cross-linked to a commercial app store or hosted by FirstNet.

Membership in the FirstNet App Catalog is free and open to everyone. AT&T plans events such as hackathons to connect the public-safety developer community. Developers will have an opportunity to work with public-safety users and market APIs and other tools, Simha said.

Bill Schrier, senior advisor to FirstNet, offered details on the benefits of the FirstNet network and its contract with AT&T. He outlined real-world examples of applications for the internet of life-saving things (IoLST) and how first responders will put the apps to use.

Doug Sillars, a technical lead in the AT&T Developer Program, presented technical details on the AT&T Video Optimizer, a free tool that improves mobile app performance.

For more information on the developer program and how to register with the portal, watch the webinar “FirstNet App Development Program” here.

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