LAS VEGAS — AT&T, Inc., today announced plans to deploy portable emergency “drop kits” that “will envelop first responders in a 300-foot ‘connected bubble,’ letting them maintain constant communication to better coordinate their response” during emergencies in rural and remote areas, and when communications are not available, such as in the wake of wildfires and hurricanes. AT&T, Inc., the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) network partner, developed the kits in collaboration with Sonim Technologies, Inc.
“This is a great example of how FirstNet is driving focused innovation for first responders,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president-FirstNet for AT&T. “To create the Emergency Drop Kits, we’re pulling in expertise from public safety and across the industry. The kits will make it even easier for first responders to stay connected to the full capabilities of their network — no matter where their mission takes them.” The drop kits were announced at the APCO 2018 show here.