S&T ensures that first responders and DHS can exchange information such as voice, video or data through any medium and that interoperability across agencies is paramount upon transition to broadband communications networks, including FirstNet.
Commercial cellular networks, and the soon to be implemented, the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), will provide first responders with the ability to exchange vast amounts of data in support of their mission. However, coverage and capacity limitations will continue to challenge the dependability of these networks. In areas or circumstances where fixed network coverage and capacity are inadequate, deployable systems are considered essential to fill these gaps.
Written testimony of NPPD for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness Response, and Communications hearing titled “Assessing First Responder Communications”
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Office of Cybersecurity and Communications Office of Emergency Communications Director Rear Admiral Ronald Hewitt addresses DHS’ efforts in enhancing the Nation’s interoperable emergency communications.