New Jersey Showcases JerseyNet Capabilities
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 | Comments

New Jersey demonstrated JerseyNet, its early builder Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) project, during its initial consultation meeting with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) last year.

More than 100 public-safety stakeholders and the private sector attended the session in September in Atlantic City. New Jersey’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Fred Scalera and the New Jersey State Police provided a detailed presentation and demonstration of the JerseyNet Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. To show the network’s capability, Scalera connected numerous devices within the meeting room live to a dispatch console, also in the room.

The JerseyNet team exhibited resources, an instant push-to-talk (PTT) capability with incident command (non-mission-critical voice). Scalera showed how video can be shared from the device to dispatch and/or other devices. He demonstrated voice and video capabilities with devices outside the meeting by communicating with personnel stationed at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and shared some of the lessons learned and best practices from the network’s early days of operation.

After the presentation concluded, New Jersey made much of the equipment —devices and deployables — available for attendees to view and inspect them more closely. Equipment included trailer-based assets with a 60-foot mast, rack-mount deployable assets, a van with complete system with a 60-foot mast, and an SUV with a complete system and portable 30-foot tripod mast.

Scalera works for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJ OHSP).

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