Historically, public safety agencies have been hesitant to incorporate new technology into field operations, preferring instead to conserve limited financial resources and rely on their trusted legacy equipment and tactics. But with the recent surge of compact highly functional hardened smart devices, secure platforms and a diverse app ecosystem giving first responders the ability to enhance their safety and greatly improve their workflows, there are now many more public safety early adopters and we are seeing an overall cultural shift towards acceptance and reliance on mobile broadband communications solutions.
With increased personal use over the last ten years and increased reliance on wireless broadband technologies, it is now much easier for public safety personnel to adapt those learnings to their public safety operational environment. And becoming an early adopter has several advantages:
Numerous innovative communications and collaboration technologies are now available to public safety, and, with the arrival of a fully operational FirstNet, these new and emerging solutions are vastly improving the way responders get and share critical informational quickly.
Early adoption, implementation and integration of mobile communications solutions lead to streamlined workflows, improved product functionality through public safety feedback and collaboration, better overall policies and procedures, and improved responder safety. The Public Safety Network strongly supports and encourages all of these efforts in this exciting and vibrant new space.