DMP XT Series Control Panels Now Certified for Use on FirstNet

The transmission of public safety related alarms via FirstNet Ready alarm panels qualify for FirstNet extended primary service.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — DMP announces the releases of XT30 and XT50 alarm panels that are approved FirstNet Ready.

FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform that is dedicated to and purpose-built specifically for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community.

Last fall, DMP released its FirstNet Ready Cellular Communicator, and the manufacturer’s flagship control panel, the XR Series, became one of the first to be approved for use on FirstNet.

Now, DMP’s XT Series control panels have also met the standards for supporting the critical operational needs of public safety agencies and users who need tools that are highly secure, resilient, scalable and available when needed, according to the announcement.

The transmission of public safety related alarms via FirstNet Ready alarm panels can qualify for FirstNet extended primary service for the transmission of public safety related alarms. This gives them the advantage of using Band 14 — the nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the federal government specifically for FirstNet.

Another key advantage of using FirstNet for alarm communication is speed: The FirstNet LTE network is said to be faster than any commercial LTE network.

The network also offers robust coverage. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the location of the 700 MHz Band gives it excellent propagation characteristics. This allows the 700 MHz signals to penetrate buildings and walls more easily and to cover larger geographic areas with less infrastructure (relative to frequencies in higher bands).

Is FirstNet limited to certain types of user accounts?

FirstNet can be used by premises alarm units at government facilities, as well as businesses and homes to communicate alarm information through the network. Typical signals would be burglar alarm, fire alarm, medical alarm signals and other related signals.

Who Is Eligible?

The transmission of public safety related alarms via FirstNet Ready alarm panels qualify for FirstNet extended primary service. To offer such panels with FirstNet service, an alarm company must first qualify for, and obtain, a Certificate of Verification from The Monitoring Association (TMA) and enter into a FirstNet Agreement with AT&T.

TMA certification ensures that the alarm panels transmit public safety-related alarms to a central monitoring station that verifies the authenticity of the alarm before notifying a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for relay to a public safety agency.

For more on FirstNet, go here. For more information on becoming a certified FirstNet user, visit tma.us/FirstNet or contact John McDonald at (703) 660-4917 or firstnetprogram@tma.us.

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