We’ve talked a lot about public safety communications on our site—from who benefits from public safety communications innovations and how the demand for DAS has help improve the challenge. Today, we’re sharing a newer project in this trend and other projects that have helped push advancements to public safety communications and reliability forward across the country.
About the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Public Safety Communications Research Division
The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program provides research, development, testing and evaluation to foster nationwide advancements and innovations for communications technology when it comes to public safety. This is a division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that helps work with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of life.
Recent Funding for Public Safety Communication: Next Generation of Public Safety Communications
Part of $38.5 million in grants from NIST PSCR goes to researchers from NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering for a three-year project to develop an end-to-end platform for mmwave research specifically for public safety communications. The project, part of FirstNet, aims to provide first responders with dedicated and prioritized access to high-speed data, voice, and other mission critical communications. This nationwide network will help public safety agencies at the federal, state, and local levels to effectively conduct their mission by establishing a common communications system based on 3GPP LTE standards.
The overall project strives to move toward a “next generation” of cellular systems that works on the 6 GHz and millimeter wave spectrum, which can allow for greater data rates, lower latency, and even new types of applications for first responders in emergency situations. Learn more »
Other Projects Under PSCR & FirstNet
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 appropriated $7 billion for the establishment of a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network under FirstNet. Other projects pushing the advancement of public safety communications include:
- In-Building Coverage & Measurement App – the PSCR is developing in-building apps for evaluating signal coverage and strength, which is critical when it comes to public safety communications. The app will allow for rapid collection of in-build data and coverage and allow for quick identification of problem areas that need improvement. Learn more »
- Extended Cell Testing – know that 68% of landmass in the U.S. is rural, this project aims to improve the typical cellular radius of cell towers in rural areas to allow for increased range with decreased deployment costs to ensure that extended performance and coverage is provided for emergency responders nationwide. Learn more »
- Vehicular Network System – this project is analyzing cost-effective solution for vehicle-mounted satellite infrastructure for emergency responders operating outside the coverage of FirstNet and LTE signal. This could provide first responders with critical communications services when other signal is unavailable. Learn more »
DAS Installation for Public Safety Use in the Southwest
While these projects are helping move the industry forward greatly, you can take immediate measures to improve the connectivity for public safety in your building, in case an emergency should occur. At Corporate Technology Solutions, we strive to design and install a solution suited to your specific needs. Our team can design in-building emergency communication systems to ensure that your building is first responder ready, while creating efficient, cost-saving designs.
We have offices in Tempe, Tucson, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque, but can provide DAS installation and design services throughout Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Contact us to get started on improving the emergency response communication throughout your building or property!