DMP Introduces ‘FirstNet Ready’ Alarm Communicator
With DMP’s FirstNet Ready communicator, the XR Series control panels are among the first available for use on the FirstNet network.
FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority and is the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built specifically for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. It’s the solution to decades-long interoperability and communications challenges first responders have long been experiencing, according to the announcement.
“The FirstNet network is an important step forward in our nationwide first responder infrastructure, and DMP is pleased to support public safety nationwide,” says Mark Hillenburg, vice president of marketing at DMP. “Also, we are very excited to work with The Monitoring Association (TMA) and AT&T to deliver alarm panel communications using the highly secure and reliable FirstNet service.”
The transmission of public safety related alarms via FirstNet Ready alarm panels qualifies for FirstNet extended primary service. Alarm service companies qualify to use the FirstNet network by first obtaining a TMA Certificate of Verification that verifies they are in compliance with accepted alarm industry standards.
The Certificate of Verification ensures the company transmits public safety related alarms (e.g. intrusion, fire, emergency medical) to a central monitoring station that confirms and verifies the authenticity of the alarm before notifying a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for relay to a public safety agency for the purpose of initiating an emergency response.
In addition to the TMA certification, alarm service providers must enter into a FirstNet agreement with AT&T before they can offer FirstNet Ready alarm panels with FirstNet service.
With DMP’s FirstNet Ready communicator, the XR Series control panels are among the first available for use on the FirstNet network. This gives alarm companies the advantage of using Band 14 — the nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the federal government specifically for FirstNet.
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