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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

$30M Grant Funds Available for Broadband Apps and Innovations

By Amanda Murphy

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) recently announced a $30 million grant opportunity toward innovative digital tools for first responders and FirstNet’s national public safety communications network.  "The idea behind this is that we want to help public safety [professionals] envision what the future looks like for them. Not two years or three years from now — but what does 10 years or 15 years look like for you?" said PSCR Director Dereck Orr in an interview with FirstNet. "We want to pull that future vision forward in the timeline by thoughtfully...

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Public Safety Apps – Revolutionary Tools for First Responders, Mobile Resources for You

By Wil Payton

Public safety communications is in an evolutionary stage due to implementation of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide network and Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) systems. These systems will facilitate the integration of new applications that will become core components of emergency response strategies. A byproduct of these emerging technologies is apps that can be created to enhance public safety communications systems. The following is an excerpt from an Association of Public Safety Officials (APCO) position paper on public safety app development: Apps on a dedicated public safety broadband network, and in...

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