Note: This is a guest blog post courtesy of Bill Springer, an Illinois FirstNet System Architect, aimed at educating you on the important aspects of FirstNet in Illinois.
Imagine a public safety first responder able to communicate on a dedicated cellular-type nationwide network; accessing databases from the field, transferring data and images on demand without delay. The establishment of a national communication network for first responders was one of the final outstanding recommendations from the 9/11 commission to help increase national security.
It is anticipated that the broadband network will be built with standards-based 4G/LTE broadband technology, allowing for much faster data transmissions than legacy networks. It will enable a new host of next generation applications for public safety, such as high-definition streaming video & pictures, database queries, download building plans, and much more. FirstNet can make this a reality.