Sedalia, MO – November 15, 2016 — The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created by Congress in 2012 to establish a nationwide broadband network for public safety. The final recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, the network will connect police officers, firefighters and EMS providers like never before.
Persistent Telecom Inc. (PTI) has funded, designed and is building a FirstNet wireless broadband network in Sedalia, Missouri. PTI will provide dedicated smart phones and access to the private LTE network for Key Management Personnel (KMP), including first responders and government officials. The PTI network will create a secure communications bubble covering critical infrastructure for the city of Sedalia and the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
PTI’s Sustainable Communications Network (SCN) will allow authorities to communicate with each other as well as the general public, during emergencies. In an effort to support the Command and Control needs of Continuation of Government (COG) and Continuity of Operations (COOP), PTI established the world’s first mobile phone network with a satellite backbone. Responding to the Government’s growing need to function under adverse operational conditions, PTI’s private LTE networks operate using commercially available smart phones. The SCN’s primary function is to give key management personnel guaranteed communications under conditions of degraded or denied access to telephone networks and the internet. The SCN can also be used daily to support emergent, time-sensitive operational situations.
In 2015, PTI completed the first proof of concept Sustainable Communications Network (SCN) for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at two of their Washington, D.C., facilities. The systems were installed, tested and demonstrated on time, within budget.
A key aspect of the PTI strategy is to blend the FirstNet requirements for public safety interoperability with the ability to provide timely notification and situational awareness to the community.
Most of the FirstNet programs to date are funded by government grants. To accelerate the process, PTI and our partners are funding the demonstration platform in Sedalia. Sedalia was selected for this demonstration network because every August Sedalia is host to the Missouri State Fair, which attracts 350,000 people (www.mostatefair.com).
PTI’s partners in this effort include Airspan, Elbit Systems, Nokia and SES Satellite networks.
About Persistent Telecom
Persistent Telecom Inc., founded in 2008 and based in New Jersey, provides advanced LTE wireless networks, mobile devices and professional services in support of critical communications during a crisis when commercial networks cannot provide service. The company’s Sustainable Communications Network (SCN) was specifically developed to deliver voice, text, high speed data, capable of HD audio/video, to meet the needs of public safety officials and first responders.
Airspan (OTC Markets: AIRO) is a leading LTE RAN small and compact RAN and backhaul provider, with more than 1000 customers, in over 100 countries. Airspan is regularly recognized as a leader and pioneer in LTE Access and innovative backhaul solutions. Airspan has an expansive product portfolio, which includes indoor and outdoor small cells, and all-outdoor, compact Micro and Macro base stations, a wide variety of user devices, and advanced core network products. These connectivity solutions operate in bands from 400 MHz up to 6.4 GHz www.airspan.com.
About Elbit Systems of America, LLC
Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT), a global electronics company, engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications. For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems-us.com or follow us on Twitter.
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives. With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. www.nokia.com.
About SES Satellite
SES is a global satellite operator focused on meeting the satellite communications needs of our customers. Leveraging more than four decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, SES offers robust and secure satellite-based communications solutions. SES’s fleet of over 50 satellites offering comprehensive global coverage offers highly reliable fixed and on-the-move capacity. Further information can be found under www.ses.com.
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