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FirstNet Colorado, Town of Vail, and Eagle County to Demo Dedicated Network for First Responders

Eagle County, Colo.—The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) FirstNet Colorado (FNC) team, in partnership with the Town of Vail and Eagle County, is demonstrating a dedicated wireless broadband network for emergency first responders during the 2015 International Ski Federation Alpine World Ski Championships, which kicked off this week in Vail.

The demonstration is a first of its kind public safety 4G LTE network, supported by both public and private groups, and the demo aims to:

  • Put the power of the network into the hands of first responders in a real-world environment 
  • Demonstrate the value of utilizing existing infrastructure, capitalizing on existing relationships and new partnerships, and helping to lead the way toward the promise of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) 
  • Obtain valuable metrics, performance indicators, and user feedback to guide the development and implementation of the NPSBN

The system integrates public safety LTE into the existing Distributed Antenna System (DAS) located in the Town of Vail to provide public safety access into a single, dedicated network throughout the Town of Vail. Additionally, the network utilizes a Cell on Wheels (COW) to provide network access to the isolated terrain of Beaver Creek. Users on the demo network include the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department, the Vail police and fire departments, federal agencies, ski patrol, public information officers and volunteers.

FNC’s primary role was to coordinate and manage the various public and private interests and needs throughout the development of the network. FNC worked with federal agencies to acquire the necessary approvals and made sure that local stakeholders were working with the private sector to ensure the proper implementation of the network.

There will be an ‘Open House’ event on Wednesday, Feb. 11, for anyone interested in learning about the network and its performance during the event. The open house will feature on-site tours, network demos, and discussions with demo participants and vendors. The open house is free; find more details and register online.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Ski Championships (AWSC) brings together top athletes from across the globe to compete for the year’s highest honor in skiing. Running from Feb. 2 through Feb. 15, the event is expected to bring more than 800 athletes and staff, 2,000 members of the press, and upwards of 150,000 spectators to the Vail Valley with events in Beaver Creek Resort and the Town of Vail.

About FirstNet Colorado
FirstNet Colorado (FNC) is leading the state’s efforts to plan, develop and support deployment of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) in partnership with the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet).

FirstNet is the first Public Safety Broadband Network that will provide emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed data and cellular voice network dedicated to public safety using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

FirstNet will be a force multiplier, increasing collaboration to help emergency responders save more lives, solve more crimes and keep our communities safer.

About the Governor’s Office of Information Technology
The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology services and innovation across all Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT’s charge is to provide world-class IT services to Colorado’s Executive Branch agencies and to promote Colorado as the ideal location for IT companies and technology based workers.
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Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer & PIO
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