APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

FirstNet Brings a One-of-a-Kind 5G Experience to More First Responders Across the Country

FirstNet | August 16, 2021

FirstNet Brings a One-of-a-Kind 5G Experience to More First Responders Across the Country
FirstNet – the only nationwide network built with and for America's first responders – is keeping public safety connected unlike any other network. Here's 3 strategic ways:

Expanding the FirstNet 5G footprint: As public safety's communications partner, AT&T* has expanded 5G connectivity for first responders on FirstNet to further support public safety's mission needs. Now, first responders in an additional 10 cities across the United States – Austin (Texas), Charlotte (N. Carolina), Cleveland (Ohio), Dallas (Texas), El Paso (Texas), Houston (Texas), Knoxville (Tenn.), Phoenix (Ariz.), Raleigh (N. Carolina) and San Antonio (Texas) –have access to 5G.
Deploying MegaRange™ for Disaster Response: Since launching FirstNet MegaRange earlier this year – which significantly improves connectivity, especially at the edge of network coverage – public safety has started experiencing its exclusive benefits as they respond to everyday emergencies and disasters. From remote patient care to the frontlines of wildfire response, MegaRange is keeping first responders connected at the edge of coverage when lives are on the line.
Launching nationwide interoperability with AT&T ESInet: To increase the flexibility and resiliency of AT&T NextGen 9-1-1 services, AT&T ESInet is now integrated with the FirstNet network. By serving as an automatic wireless backup to connect to public safety answering points (PSAP), FirstNet enables the delivery of IP-based 9-1-1 call traffic through the AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN).
How is 5G connectivity on FirstNet different from commercial networks? Our approach to 5G for public safety is unlike anything else. While 5G connectivity will ultimately bring a combination of benefits like ultra-low latency and ultra-high speeds to support all kinds of users, it's essential we approach 5G in a different way for first responders. That's why, with FirstNet, we're taking the right steps for public safety in a way that meets their unique mission needs. First responders maintain voice communications with priority and preemption on LTE, while the FirstNet network determines the best route for data traffic, whether that's 5G or LTE spectrum.

In addition to the 10 cities that now have access to AT&T's 5G spectrum, first responders in parts of 38 cities and more than 20 venues already have access to AT&T mmWave (5G+) spectrum. And since we're deploying 5G the right way for public safety, they maintain always-on priority and preemption across LTE – Band 14 spectrum plus all of AT&T's commercial LTE spectrum bands – which currently covers 2.71 million square miles of the country. By the end of 2021, we expect to offer 5G+ connectivity in parts of more than 40 cities and 40 venues. And we're continuing to roll out additional 5G connectivity for FirstNet in more communities nationwide.

How can first responders get 5G connectivity on FirstNet? As a FirstNet subscriber there is no additional charge for 5G connectivity. All first responders need to access 5G is a FirstNet Ready® 5G device, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G or the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, which are now available for pre-order. And to ensure public safety everywhere can access the power of FirstNet, individual verified first responders not already on FirstNet can sign up online or at the more than 5,000 AT&T retail stores across the country.

How does MegaRange support first responders' emergency response? Adhering to FCC standards, this high-power user equipment (HPUE) is only available on the FirstNet network thanks to Band 14 spectrum: nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the federal government specifically for FirstNet. It provides public safety with significant coverage benefits in both urban and rural areas. The greatest coverage improvement is in areas where data connectivity is traditionally unreliable, such as remote regions, rural areas and maritime environments.

Agencies like Bangs Ambulance in Ithaca, New York have been utilizing FirstNet MegaRange to deliver critical patient care and transmit vital data from the field directly to local hospitals – a daily feat that was once near-impossible due to challenging terrain. And now, firefighters are experiencing MegaRange's unique benefits as they combat this year's record-breaking wildfire season. For example, Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District in Oregon used MegaRange during their response to the Grandview Fire, which has burned just over 6,000 acres and threated hundreds of homes. The fire was in a notoriously difficult communications area (for both cellular and radio transmissions), and MegaRange enabled key personnel to provide live situational awareness to commanders via call, text and other FirstNet certified applications.

And as the 2021 wildfire season continues to escalate, we've joined forces with Airgain to provide public safety with significant cost savings and make this exclusive capability more accessible to agencies across the country.

How does AT&T ESInet increase reliability with FirstNet? AT&T is the only carrier that can provide end-to-end emergency communication solutions, and as the private-partner behind FirstNet, we are also uniquely positioned to equip PSAPs and first responders with an integrated infrastructure that allows them to be more flexible, resilient and agile. Interoperability with FirstNet enables AT&T ESInet to extend network connectivity to remote PSAPs that are either hard to reach or experiencing an outage. In the event AT&T ESInet detects a failure of the primary connection to the PSAP, the service automatically routes calls over the FirstNet network to maintain continuity of operation and delivery of 9-1-1 calls. This interoperability also creates a foundation for future Next Generation 9-1-1 applications that can be used for sharing caller and incident information, such as location, images, video and text, with first responders over a private, highly secure, end-to-end path.

What is FirstNet? FirstNet is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America's first responders and the extended public safety community. Shaped by the vision of Congress and the first responder community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FirstNet stands above commercial offerings. It is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government. While commercial wireless offerings remain available to public safety, FirstNet continues to grow because it offers distinct advantages for public safety. With more than 17,000 public safety agencies and organizations – accounting for more than 2.5 million connections nationwide1 – the FirstNet network is providing first responders with truly dedicated, coverage and capacity when they need it, unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption, and high-quality Band 14 spectrum. These advanced capabilities help fire, EMS, law enforcement and more save lives and protect their communities.

Spotlight

Converged Infrastructure Enables Advanced IT Information Technology continues to evolve at a dizzying rate. With the advent of Virtualization and Cloud Computing the IT industry has taken a new path bringing together all of the core technologies used in the data center into preintegrated converged platforms that combine storage, network and compute.

Spotlight

Converged Infrastructure Enables Advanced IT Information Technology continues to evolve at a dizzying rate. With the advent of Virtualization and Cloud Computing the IT industry has taken a new path bringing together all of the core technologies used in the data center into preintegrated converged platforms that combine storage, network and compute.

Related News

APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

CIO IT Infrastructure Policies - Checklist for Pandemic Planning, WFH and IT Infrastructure Policies based on Mobility

prnewswire | February 23, 2021

The "CIO IT Infrastructure Policy" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. One of the best ways to communicate and understand a company and its operating culture is through its policies. Designing and writing policy and communicating it effectively is an essential skill for professionals to have. By having policy carefully developed and communicated, employees will clearly know what the organization expects from them, the degree of control and independence they will have, and what the benefits and consequences are in regard to adhering to policy. Research shows that well-run companies are most productive, suffer the least loss of sensitive data, and have less downtime of operations if they have good policies in in place. Gain control over your IT realm! Download a collection of Janco's IT infrastructure and policy templates. Each can be modified to align with your needs. This comprehensive collection comes with a variety of highly-researched tools that will help you develop a complete guide that fits the unique needs of your organization and provides tools and suggestions for policy communication and enforcement. Work from Home Considerations are included.

Read More

Drake Supermarkets Chooses Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure to Modernize Their IT Environment

Drake | June 11, 2020

Nutanix a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that its technology is supporting Drakes Supermarkets, the largest and first vertically integrated. Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and a pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making computing invisible anywhere. Organizations around the world use Nutanix software to leverage a single platform to manage any app at any location at any scale for their private, hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Nutanix a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that its technology is supporting Drakes Supermarkets, the largest and first vertically integrated independent retailer grocer in Australia. The organization chose Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure to modernize their IT environment while continuing to support its communities and respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Family-owned and operated, Drakes Supermarkets operates more than 60 stores across South Australia and Queensland. They employ more than 6,000 staff, a number that is rapidly increasing as the company strives to preserve local jobs and meet the sudden surge in consumer demand brought on by the pandemic. With Nutanix and Adelaide-based IT partner, Nuago, Drakes was able to replace its aging IT environment with Nutanix Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). The new infrastructure now supports Drakes’ $125 million, state-of-the-art automated distribution center in South Australia’s Edinburgh North – including its advanced robotics technology. Read more: COMPARING SIX LEADING CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE VENDORS' PRODUCT We’ve seen our warehousing and IT requirements more than double in the past few weeks, but we’ve maintained 100% availability across all of our system. ~ said Phillip Romano, IT Manager at Drakes Warehouse management, point of sales (POS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems – enabling the retailer to access and respond to real-time stock demand. We can now focus on taking care of our communities’ shopping needs and hire new staff directly from the increasing pool of unemployed Australians.” Drakes brought its distribution in-house and modernized its IT environment primarily to lower costs and pass those savings onto customers, with the aim of taking $1,000 off the average family’s annual grocery bill. With its Nutanix solution demonstrating performance and resilience during the current turbulent times, Drakes aims to expand the HCI environment across all stores and wholesale arms. In the future, Drakes aims to leverage the Nutanix Xi IoT edge intelligence platform – which uses artificial intelligence to provide real-time data insights – along with video analytics, to create new personalized experiences for customers. It is also considering migrating to the Nutanix AHV hypervisor to support Drakes’ 250 virtual machines. With its Nutanix solution demonstrating performance and resilience during the current turbulent times, Drakes aims to expand the HCI environment across all stores and wholesale arms. Drakes understands the value of its data and the insight it gives into the purchasing profile of its customers. So, it makes perfect sense to ensure that proprietary information is internally retained, said Lee Thompson, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand at Nutanix. By taking its distribution in-house, Drakes is taking control of its infrastructure and helping drive the future of retail.” Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and a pioneer in hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, making computing invisible anywhere. Nutanix, the Nutanix logo, and all Nutanix product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nutanix, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s). This release may contain links to external websites that are not part of Nutanix.com. Nutanix does not control these sites and disclaims all responsibility for the content or accuracy of any external site. Our decision to link to an external site should not be considered an endorsement of any content on such a site. Read more: INFINIDAT ANNOUNCES NEW OFFERINGS TO DE-RISK STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE, SUPPORT NVME OVER FABRICS

Read More

APPLICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

1NCE raises USD 50 M for global expansion led by investors including SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom

1NCE | September 30, 2021

IoT Carrier 1NCE has announced $50M in financing. The capital is provided by investors including Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank, and other investors. 1NCE offers cellular device connectivity at a fixed price in over 100 countries via 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, NB-IoT and LTE-M. Its cloud-based connectivity platform includes IoT services such as plug-and-play setup and device management. 1NCE will use the fresh capital to accelerate international expansion and fuel growth in the US and Asia, further develop its cloud based IoT platform services and recruit key talent to expand its product capabilities to simplify the development of cellular based IoT solutions worldwide. With SoftBank we have gained an investor who brings in expertise from investments in telecommunications, internet services, AI, smart robotics, IoT and clean energy technology providers,We are thrilled to work with them to leverage the new opportunities in Asia and the US that come with the engagement. emphasized Alexander P. Sator, CEO and founder of 1NCE. 1NCE's offering provides customers with the tools to efficiently scale and manage their IoT deployments, while providing a transparent cost structure. This tackles challenges that too often stand in the way of mass IoT deployments. The reduction of complexity, implementation time, and cost allows customers to speed up time-to-market and drive their business forward successfully. Deutsche Telekom is committed to its investment in 1NCE. The telecom giant has been on board as seed investor since the company's founding in 2017 and uses 1NCE technology for its own IoT offerings. The investment by SoftBank expands on the recent strategic partnership formalized between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom and provides a clear opportunity to co-invest in global connectivity platforms focused on enterprise customers. Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, adds: "1NCE has already demonstrated its disruptive potential in the IoT market, and its growth to date has underpinned its claim to leadership in cellular-based connectivity services. As a technology partner from the very first hour, we are happy to actively foster further growth." "1NCE is a leader in connecting millions of low bandwidth sensors around the world", explained Marcelo Claure, CEO, Softbank Group International and COO, SoftBank Group Corp. "Using their technology offers incredible opportunities for our portfolio companies. With our investment in 1NCE, we look forward to accelerating the breakthrough of connectivity on the Internet of Things." 1NCE already manages 10 million connections for over 7,000 business customers from around the globe. Its services are available through direct sales and online channels. Additionally, the company is a premium technology partner of Amazon Web Services with exclusive offerings for developers on AWS Marketplace. ABOUT 1NCE 1NCE GmbH is the first fully-fledged IoT network carrier in the world to offer fast, secure, and reliable connectivity services at low cost based on an IoT flat rate. This makes IoT applications such as tank maintenance, smart metering, or vehicle telematics affordable. The 1NCE IoT Flat Rate includes 500 MB data volume, 250 SMS, and free access to the 1NCE Connectivity Management Platform via Internet and API. To provide the service, 1NCE cooperates with both Deutsche Telekom AG and its roaming partners as well as China Telecom Global Limited and supports all common mobile communications standards (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, NB-IoT, LTE-M). In addition to direct sales of IoT mobile connectivity, 1NCE also offers its technology to mobile network operators via a Platform-as-a-Service solution. The company headquartered in Cologne offers its flat rate almost world-wide. 1NCE was founded in 2017 together with Deutsche Telekom AG and has 100 staff in Cologne, Hamburg, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Paris, Warsaw, and Riga.

Read More