FirstNet, Built with AT&T Collaborates with Safer Buildings Coalition at IWCE, Joins the Coalition

FirstNet, Built with AT&T

Multiple speaking sessions at IWCE to highlight how collaboration is further strengthening public safety’s network infrastructure

March 8, 2022 – Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC) – the nation’s leading industry advocacy group focused on advancing policies, ideas and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the people they serve – is joining the FirstNet® team at AT&T during the 2022 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas to give attendees an inside look at how their collaboration is furthering public safety’s network.

The FCC estimates that over 10,000 lives could be saved each year if public safety were able to reach callers just 1 minute faster. And since 80% of wireless calls take place indoors, the need for in-building dedicated public safety connectivity is essential to public safety operations and overall safety. The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) laid out the groundwork for in-building coverage as part of the FirstNet Roadmap, which was designed to guide the growth, evolution and advancement of FirstNet and serve as a view of public safety’s operational needs.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) laid out the groundwork for in-building coverage as part of the FirstNet Roadmap, which was designed to guide the growth, evolution and advancement of FirstNet and serve as a view of public safety’s operational needs.

“Our collaboration with SBC supports the deployment of public safety’s Band 14 spectrum, promotes in-building installation standards that meet or exceed existing code and industry best practices, and reinforces the importance of mission-centric innovation like Z-Axis technologies,” said Scott Agnew, AVP FirstNet Products at AT&T. 

“The evolution of public safety communications is a critical topic and a driving force in how our first responders will be equipped to protect the public now and in the years ahead,” said Chief Alan Perdue, Executive Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition. “With over 3 million connections and almost 20,000 public safety agencies using FirstNet, the in-building sector and its ecosystem of industry players must get to work immediately to ensure that the benefits of FirstNet are available inside buildings– where public safety does so much of its work.”

As the private partner behind FirstNet and an SBC member, FirstNet Built with AT&T is committed to further its mission in delivering public safety a network that is second to none. At IWCE, AT&T is sponsoring the in-building session track, underscoring the carrier’s commitment to placing in-building wireless on center stage at this year’s convention. Scott Agnew from AT&T will also be giving the Keynote at the event.  

“Our collaboration with SBC supports the deployment of public safety’s Band 14 spectrum, promotes in-building installation standards that meet or exceed existing code and industry best practices, and reinforces the importance of mission-centric innovation like Z-Axis technologies,” said Scott Agnew, AVP FirstNet Products at AT&T. “We are committed to bringing first responders and the extended public safety community a network that is second to none. And we’ll continue to be there for this vital community – no matter where their mission takes them.”

At IWCE, Safer Buildings Coalition will be presenting the workshop titled, The Future of In-Building Communications – The Big Picture, on Tuesday, March 22, from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., with two related sessions following at 2:30, and 3:30.

First responders and other public safety personnel not attending IWCE 2022 can check out saferbuildings.org/events to see when SBC and FirstNet team will be in your area as part of SBC’s North American Seminar Series. To learn more about FirstNet, the only network built with and for America’s first responders, go to FirstNet.com. 

About FirstNet, Built with AT&T 

FirstNet® is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. Shaped by the vision of Congress and the first responder community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FirstNet stands above commercial offerings. It is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government. The FirstNet network is providing first responders with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it, unique benefits like always-on priority and preemption, and high-quality Band 14 spectrum. These advanced capabilities help fire, EMS, law enforcement save lives and protect their communities. Learn more at FirstNet.com. 

© 2022 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks of the First Responder Network Authority.  All other marks are the property of their respective owners. 

About Safer Buildings Coalition

The Safer Buildings Coalition is an independent, not for profit organization providing thought leadership and education focused on advancing policies, ideas, and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the people they serve. Learn more at saferbuildings.org.

Come join us at IWCE!

SBC Led Sessions:

Tuesday, March 22:

Wednesday, March 23:

Thursday, March 24


ON THE SHOW FLOOR!

  • Safer Buildings / Graybar Digital Showcase Theater - Booth 1751
  • Live Presentations every hour - Wed & Thurs, 10a to Close

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