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5 Ways to Ensure Public-Safety Communications Network Resiliency

Daniel Barton  (President, Alive Telecom)

Location: W240C

Date: Thursday, March 28

Time: 2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Track: First Responder Communications

Topic: System Resiliency

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Macro public-safety network resilience is of paramount importance to ensure communications by maintaining continuous operation, mitigating downtime, and the successful deployment of future technologies. This session challenges the status quo, suggests new paradigms, and offers best practices across five pragmatic initiatives, including:

1. Network Design and the Next Generation of Designers – Envisioning the Public-Safety Macro Network "Version "3.0" including what it will need to accomplish, how it should be deployed, who will be the next wave of stakeholders to orchestrate it, and what it means for FirstNet.

2. National Antenna Database – Creation of a national database of public safety network sites that includes antenna specifications and installation dates to facilitate proactive network management and asset replacement.

3. Critical Infrastructure Sparing – Adoption of local and/or regional sparing of commonly-used antennas akin to the practice employed by commercial airlines to minimize network downtime .

4. Scheduled Replacement Strategies – Development and enforcement of new codes to identify and proactively replace critical communications infrastructure before failure by leveraging AI predicative analysis modeling.

5. Macro and Indoor Network Symbiosis – Investigate the reliance of indoor public-safety communications networks on the public-safety macro network and identify reasonable strategy