FirstNet, the new separate network core that was authorized by Congress in 2012 to prioritize emergency responder traffic, has come online and Panasonic is encouraging TOUGHBOOK® users to make the transition as quickly as possible.
Ultimately, Government’s mission is to have a tip-top, dedicated, highly effective, and efficient network that will help first responders and emergency teams protect US communities and save lives.
Essentially a public safety network, FirstNet is an independent authority that operates from within the US Department of Commerce. The communications platform and groundbreaking technology that goes with it is providing a powerful tool for first responders that will enable them to connect to critical information all day, every day, whenever there is an emergency.
Dedicated to public safety and first responders, the new platform was built with AT&T in partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet. It is only available to eligible organizations that offer highly efficient and reliable tools and equipment that enable first responders to serve the people and communities they live in when there are emergencies or crises.
Panasonic and FirstNet
Panasonic has been identified by AT&T and FirstNet to be part of the select group of solution providers and dealers that have a “deep knowledge” of public safety in the US. As a result, the Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America proudly joined the FirstNet Dealer Program in June 2018 and is supporting both existing and new customers transition to FirstNet.
Panasonic is, of course, a leader in the public-sector mobility market and as such offers a wide array of devices and hardware solutions, mostly in the form of TOUGHBOOK rugged devices.
Featured in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 ranking of 50 companies that are doing well by doing good, and as such changing the world, Panasonic acknowledges that to improve public safety there is a need for “bold innovation,” and states they are “up to the challenge.”
Panasonic devices are manufactured to cope with the unpredictability of public safety emergencies in the worst possible environments whether caused by disasters like earthquakes and fire, or natural factors that come into play including desert, mountainous, or severe marine conditions. Additionally, the companies mobile computing and evidence management tools enable devices and the people who use them to operate a lot more safely and efficiently.
Now Panasonic has laid the groundwork for customers to connect via FirstNet, having developed a “broad ecosystem of technology solutions” that is ready and able to support the transition to FirstNet for Panasonic customers.
Implications of the Move to FirstNet
First responders trust Panasonic devices, particularly in times of crisis. So why the change and what are the implications?
These are the questions Panasonic customers commonly ask:
- Why do I need to move to FirstNet?
- Because the FirstNet network is a separate communication platform that prioritizes emergency responder traffic. This effectively avoids network congestion and lets you get the job done quickly. There are other benefits too.
- When I make the transition to FirstNet, how can I protect my current technology investments?
- If your primary investment is in Panasonic devices, you are covered because Panasonic has ensured that they not only deliver high performance with top security and outstanding availability but also support the requirements of FirstNet for priority and guaranteed communications.
- FirstNet doesn’t seem to be available in my area. How long before it is?
- FirstNet has different plans for all US states. You can check for coverage in your area on the FirstNet website.
- Do I need specific technology and support to transition to FirstNet?
- Panasonic is working closely with its customers to ensure they make their transition to FirstNet without any problems.
We at Mooring Tech recognize the need for vital communications during mission-critical moments. We are here to help and guide our own Panasonic customers.
All of Panasonic’s TOUGHBOOK devices can take advantage of FirstNet’s rate plans, we can show you how.