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Broward County's FireNet: Fault Tolerance in Hurricane Alley

Dan Deveson  (President, Shared Solutions Technology LLC)

Nick Falgiatore  (Wireless Engineering Lead, Mission Critical Partners)

José De Zayas  (E911 Communications Administrator, Broward County)

Location: W240A

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Track: First Responder Communications, State & Local Government

Topic: Backhaul, Broadband, LMR, Private Networks, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Broward County Florida is a top destination for both visitors and hurricanes, and fire dispatch communications resilience is tested early and often.

Broward has deployed a unique multi-layered geographically diverse wireless communications system designed specifically to address fire dispatch communications. Known as FireNet, the system integrates 700/800 MHz P25 voice with 6/11 GHz transport, dedicated 4.9 GHz county-wide station footprint, and geographically diverse UHF data backups.

The system has proven its resilience through numerous extreme weather events, including recent 26 inches-per-hour rainfall in 2023. The system has not missed a single dispatch to date, and Broward's layered maintenance approach ensures that it will stay that way.

In this session, you will learn about:
FireNet system architecture.
Self-healing network options.
End to end maintenance perspective.
Procurement challenges and opportunities for improvement.