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GCN : August 2013
GCN AUGUST 2013 • GCN.COM 7 The independent authority overseeing development of a nationwide broad- band network for rst responders has begun de ning its strategy with a suite of Requests for Information that offers a look at the technologies needed to provide advanced public safety-grade networking services and infrastructure. The RFIs, released July 10, are initial market research by the First Responder Network Authority for data centers, transmission and transport as well as network service platforms for the pro- posed network. The data center RFI seeks informa- tion about potential data center space, along with supporting ecosystems. FirstNet is looking at national and regional data centers with backup sites, as well as switching, routing and transport hubs to complement and link national cell site coverage, provide In- ternet connectivity and link to local rst responder networks. OPEN NATIONWIDE BACKBONE FirstNet was established as an inde- pendent authority within the Commerce Department's National Telecommuni- cations and Information Administra- tion by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. It holds the license for the band of 700 MHz spectrum set aside for the network that is intended to meet the needs of more than 60,000 federal, state, local and tribal public safety agencies. The current vision for the network is a nationwide backbone based on open, non-proprietary standards and commer- cially available equipment. The standard selected Long Term Evolution (LTE) for high-speed wireless communications, now being rolled out by commercial car- riers for cellular and Internet services. The network would provide a broad- band complement to existing land mobile radio and interoperable P25 radio services now used by law enforcement, re and rescue and other public safety agencies. FirstNet initially would focus on providing mobile IP data connectivity, but eventually it also could provide an alter- native for traditional voice radio services. In the rst stage of the project, First- Net members have been meeting with state and local of cials to determine needs for a rst responder network and to become familiar with current programs for implementing local and regional IP law enforcement networks. The next step is to evaluate current business and technology capabilities of commercial service providers.• FirstNet offers a look into the makings of nationwide public safety network BY WILLIAM JACKSON A survey of senior leaders of Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies and business and technology firms on big data by New Vantage Partners showed that respon- dents were moving away from traditional relational databases because the cost of scaling these systems for big data is too expensive and doesn t create an environ- ment that can e ectively leverage large volumes of disparate data. Distributed File (e.g., Hadoop, Grid) Specialized Relational (e.g., Appliances, Columnar, In-Memory) Traditional Relational Other 85% 78% 45% 8%