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FirstNet Opens Innovation and Testing Lab in Boulder, CO.

Date: 2016-11-21
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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the opening of the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab at its technical headquarters in Boulder, CO. FirstNet's state-of-the-art lab will be a "plug and play" environment in which FirstNet and its future private industry partner will test public safety features, devices, and apps before they are deployed on the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Above Right: Pictured from left:  Mike Poth, FirstNet CEO; Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Board Vice-Chair; Harlin McEwen, PSAC Chair; Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet Board Member; Jeff Bratcher, FirstNet Chief Technology Officer; Suzanne Jones, Mayor of Boulder, CO; Edward Horowitz, FirstNet Board Member; and Neil Cox, Chair of the FirstNet Technology Committee.

"The opening of our lab is a great accomplishment for FirstNet in our efforts to deploy public safety's network and we're proud to open it ahead of schedule and under budget," said FirstNet CEO, Mike Poth. The FirstNet Lab will be used to conduct validation and verification testing for the Network, services, and features, and aid future research and development related to public safety broadband technologies.

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This testing will help reduce the time to initially field test and deploy public safety features of the FirstNet Network, including quality of service; priority; pre-emption; and other future mission-critical services and applications. The lab is ready now with all the utilities needed for the future FirstNet partner to install its equipment and begin testing.

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via NPSTC, 11/16/16)

 

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