San José Deploys FirstNet Service Citywide
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Comments

The city of San José, California, is connecting its first responders and key personnel to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

San José is equipping both first responders and those critical to their response with FirstNet service. To align with the city’s emergency action plan, departments subscribing to FirstNet include the Office of the City Manager; Office of Emergency Management; San José Police Department; San José Fire Department; San José Environmental Services; San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services; San José International Airport; Office of Civic Innovation; Public Works; and Transportation.

“Implementing FirstNet at full scale across the city is key to helping us create a new standard for public safety,” said Sam Liccardo, mayor of San José. “We believe this is a model for cities across the country to ensure those charged with maintaining the safety of our residents and communities have the tools they need to stay connected during disasters and emergencies.”

San José’s FirstNet adoption builds on the city’s public-private partnership with AT&T, which is focused on expanding public safety and addressing some of the critical issues facing the community. As part of this relationship, AT&T is deploying 670 smart lighting controllers and 550 LEDs that improve lighting in 14 city parks, as well as installing 15 digital infrastructure nodes that will help support San Jose’s first responders. In addition, AT&T will support the San José community by providing $200,000 to help local community organizations tackle the digital divide.

AT&T also deployed FirstNet band 14 spectrum across San José to provide optimal coverage and capacity for public safety. FirstNet performs more than 25% faster than any commercial network in the nation, a statement said.

“Reliable communications is a critical need in a response to an emergency, and FirstNet will enhance our capabilities for first responders and response teams to handle small, medium, and large emergencies more effectively,” said Ray Riordan, city of San José Office of Emergency Management director.

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