FirstNet-Certified Apps Announced, New App Category Offered
Monday, October 22, 2018 | Comments

AT&T announced several applications that are part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) App Catalog. The full list of certified apps is available only to FirstNet subscribers.

“Over the last few months, the FirstNet team has been hard at work stocking the app catalog’s virtual shelves with powerful and intuitive applications to help public-safety users,” said a blog written by Bob Sloan, chief operating officer (COO), AT&T FirstNet.

Sloan highlighted five applications in the FirstNet App Catalog, including:
• Explorer for ArcGIS, a lightweight mapping app and data viewer from Esri that allows first responders to create, markup and interact with their maps, even offline.
• Intrepid Response, a situational awareness solution that provides near real-time location data on a feature-rich map, and rapid media sharing among team members.
NetMotion, a mobile virtual private network (VPN) and quality of service (QoS) solution that helps to optimize and secure application traffic.
• PulsePoint, which helps first responders save lives by crowdsourcing immediate care through CPR-trained citizens, allowing them to view alerts about nearby cardiac emergencies.
• SceneDoc, a mobile-first platform for digital evidence management and data collection to assist investigators in the field.

FirstNet also offered a new category of apps: FirstNet Listed. Achieving a FirstNet Listed designation is easier and more cost effective for developers, Sloan said. FirstNet Listed apps still have the same security, relevance and data privacy as those in the previous FirstNet Reviewed category. But now, security scans are completed during the review process at no added cost to the developer.

To help first responders do even more with their mobile apps, we’re also making bundles available via the FirstNet App Catalog. These bundles will pair complementary apps. For example, a bundle could include Explorer for ArcGIS and push-to-talk (PTT) or Intrepid Response and PTT.

“These bundles give first responders more situational awareness with a common operating picture of the incident — all without the legwork of trying to figure out what apps to use together,” the blog said.

AT&T also hosted a FirstNet hackathon at the Illinois Institute of Technology Oct. 19 – 20. The 24-hour event brought developers from across the city, state and nation together with Chicago law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics.
FirstNet and AT&T officials detailed the FirstNet App Development Program during a webinar earlier this year. Find a recording of that webinar here.

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