Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, June 27, 2015

I spent this past week at the Idaho National Labs (INL)) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They have a very quiet, 980 square mile communications test range and are in the process of installing band 14 (Public Safety Broadband) at the site. They have working sites today and several Cells on Wheels (COWS). In addition they have just finished a fiber run to the sites with fiber drops every 300 feet along the route permitting the COWS to be connected anywhere along the route or to one or more of their Satellite systems. The LTE engineers are sharp, and work both in the lab and in the real world testing systems and helping make sure that they work.

In addition they have, on staff, a world class Cyber Security team that is very good at not only breaking into sites and networks but in documenting how it was done and then providing a roadmap of how to fix the problems. INL is one of the nation’s hidden resources serving the atomic energy industry, training first responders in identifying and handling atomic materials, and now spending a lot of time in the wireless space as well as cyber security for the world of control systems.

Don’t forget that the FirstNet RFP comments are due by Noon on July 27th, if you are going to take part in FirstNet or respond to the RFP as a bidder or partner in the bidding process, these comments are a good, and perhaps the only chance, you will have to make sure that the RFP is truly describing what the Public Safety community needs and will end up with. Have a great rest of the week-end
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