Number of FirstNet-Certified Devices Tops 160
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | Comments

There are 161 certified devices for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network, according to a recently released document from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is charged with developing a list of devices that meet standards for access to the FirstNet network.

Both Motorola Solutions and L3Harris had “rugged handhelds” added to the list. Motorola’s APX Next and the L3Harris XL-200P were both added Nov. 7. Two LG smartphones were also added that day, along with a Dell rugged laptop and a Pepwave router.

In October, several Apple watch devices were added to the list, although without band 14 support. Three iPhone 11 devices, which do include band 14 support, were also added last month. Four Cradlepoint units were added, along with tablets from Apple, Samsung and Zebra Technologies. Laptops from Dell and Panasonic were also added in October, in addition to another Pepwave router.

A newly updated process document said an approved device is defined as a device that has successfully completed four milestones. The device must obtain FCC equipment authorization, followed by PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) certification testing. A device must be approved by AT&T to be sold for use on the NPSBN, and FirstNet will audit and/or verify test results and other criteria of a device. FirstNet may also perform test case execution on a device.

Once a device has completed the agreed-to auditing, verification and/or test case execution, FirstNet will determine the device’s status on whether to include it on the NIST list of certified devices. Upon completion of the above steps, the device will be added to the list by the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) contact.

The full NIST list of certified devices is here. The updated process document is here.

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