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Smarter Public Safety Communications Systems Are Critical to the Evolution of Cities

As the communication technologies leveraged by the public safety sector advance, the intersection with smart city initiatives becomes all the more inevitable. Technological advances afforded by broadband long-term evolution (LTE) networks have changed how first responders, city and county officials, public agencies and transportation fleets communicate and gather data to better serve their communities.

Additionally, the national public safety broadband network currently being procured by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) could revolutionize public safety communications altogether. Although initially designed for data transmission only, when fully completed, it will also provide voice, video and photo transmission, vital for first responders to operate more efficiently.