Panasonic and FirstNet: A Shared Mission
As a FirstNet© Dealer, Panasonic is proud to support the first nationwide dedicated wireless broadband communication network for public safety professionals that connects them when it matters most. We offer a diverse array of trusted Panasonic TOUGHBOOK®-based mobile solutions to help first responders stay safe, connected and in control during the toughest emergencies.
FirstNet gives first responders, and those who support them, access to priority and, as applicable, preemption services over a dedicated LTE network core, with coverage that will reach more than 99% of Americans. And with greater network capacity for sending and receiving voice, data, video, images, and text messages, emergency responders can use their mobile devices to access the near real-time data and the apps they need to improve situational awareness on the front lines, coordinate better with each other and work more efficiently and effectively.
That keeps the focus on what matters most – saving lives and protecting their communities.
FirstNet Changes the Game for Emergency Response
As emergency personnel rushed to the scene on 9/11 in New York City, they found themselves unable to communicate as a result of cellular network congestion, preventing the interoperability and connectivity they needed. In the years following, first responders found themselves dealing with this same issue time and time again. The need was clear: first responders required a network for emergency communication, and FirstNet was born. Barry Ross discusses the nation’s public safety communications platform with guest Doug Clark, executive director, FirstNet Program at AT&T via The Big REthink Podcast.
Benefits of FirstNet for Eligible Public Safety Subscribers
- True priority QPP (Quality of Service, Priority & Preemption)
- A reliable network offering interoperability to users from different agencies
- Enhanced emergency situational awareness and detection
- Expanded rural coverage, as well as access to deployables and satellite solutions
- Highly secure network with a dedicated Security Operations Center
Are you ready for FirstNet?
As an authorized FirstNet Dealer, Panasonic can help you plan for FirstNet adoption with easy-to-deploy options that help future proof your investment. From activations to quality testing, device installation, on-site support and more, you can rely on Panasonic as a trusted advisor throughout every stage.
Learn more about moving to FirstNet.
Planning for FirstNet can be daunting. Panasonic has served the public safety community for more than two decades and can help you work through everything you need to consider.
Rugged Devices Ready for FirstNet
The TOUGHBOOK A3 (FZ-A3 EM7511), TOUGHBOOK 20 (CF-20 EM7511), TOUGHBOOK 33 (CF-33 EM7511), TOUGHBOOK 55 (FZ-55 EM7511), TOUGHBOOK 54 (CF-54 EM7511), and TOUGHBOOK N1 (FZ-N1EB) are now FirstNet Ready™ to use with a FirstNet SIM. All models have Band 14.
Learn more about our FirstNet Ready rugged laptops and handhelds below.
TOUGHBOOK models with the Sierra Wireless AirPrime® EM7455 module that are available for use with a FirstNet SIM include: CF-31, FZ-G1 and FZ-M1. These models require the FirstNet firmware and do not have Band 14.
Empowering First Responders
For more than two decades, TOUGHBOOK has been committed to the public safety sector providing a diverse array of trusted technology and rugged mobility tools required to work efficiently and safely.
TOUGHBOOK continues to work closely with first responders ready to make the transition to FirstNet. Panasonic partners directly with agencies, listening to their unique needs, to upgrade their technology capabilities and ensure seamless connectivity when it matters most.
For first responders, up-to-date information is vital. Brazos County deputies now have all the information they need at their fingertips.
Priority and preemption services on FirstNet gives first responders network access when they need it most.
Rural Sussex County knew first-hand the difficulties of having unreliable connectivity.