ESChat PTT App Gains FirstNet-Certified Validation
Thursday, March 01, 2018 | Comments

ESChat’s secure push-to-talk (PTT) application achieved the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) highest level of validation, “FirstNet certified.”

FirstNet launched its FirstNet App Catalog and developer program to foster innovation in public safety.

FirstNet App Catalog contains certified apps, which are offered at two levels of validation — FirstNet reviewed and the more stringent FirstNet certified. FirstNet and AT&T perform the FirstNet certification process as a joint effort.

The initial launch of FirstNet service includes quality of service, priority and pre-emption (QPP) for all applications. Beyond the initial launch phase, FirstNet will provide QPP only to FirstNet-certified applications.

“Our participation in the FirstNet-certified program ensures our public-safety users will have access to the QPP benefits of FirstNet,” said Josh Lober, president, ESChat. “Having participated in many FirstNet special events, we are keenly aware that QPP will be a key differentiator assuring public-safety access to reliable communication under the most stressed network conditions.”

The FirstNet App Catalog provides all FirstNet subscribers access to FirstNet approved applications. These applications are also able to integrate FirstNet-provided application programming interfaces (APIs), enabling features such as single sign-on (SSO).

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