The Monitoring Association (TMA), a Vienna, Virginia-based internationally-recognized non-profit trade association, in a recent press release statement, announced its partnership with AT&T on collaborating to work on the verification of eligibility process, allowing qualified and certified alarm service providers to employ FirstNet services.
FirstNet, which was established through a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and AT&T, is the nationwide wireless public safety broadband network.
Since its [FirstNet] inception, TMA in association with the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), has been continually working to address and support the public safety mission, the idea behind the nationwide wireless broadband network. The association has been trying to establish a regulatory standards framework allowing standards-based access to qualified companies on the network.
According to TMA, FirstNet eligibility will be limited only to those who meet the accepted industry standards for transmitting public-safety related alarms (i.e. robbery, burglary, unlawful intrusion, fire, emergency, and medical alerts) to a dedicated alarm monitoring facility that in turn authenticates the alarm and further notifies a dedicated Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for relaying a public safety agency that initiates the emergency response.
“I am very pleased to announce that TMA will be assisting in the approval process for security alarm companies to transmit signals over FirstNet,” states TMA President Ivan Spector. “This is a great step in helping critical monitored conditions be securely sent to first responders on a segregated network platform that is dedicated for the purpose of public safety when they need it.”
Addition of an emergency alarm alert system to the FirstNet ecosystem will add on an extra layer of support to public safety, says Chris Sambar, senior vice president of FirstNet, AT&T. This will greatly help first responders, who by receiving the critical information needed, can act accordingly, saving the precious time taken for judgment, initiating a quick response to the alarm incident.
“But as public safety’s network, it’s vital that any communication allowed to transmit across the FirstNet communications ecosystem is, in fact, integral to the public safety response,” Sambar adds. “By working with TMA as part of the rigorous eligibility process, we can make sure that the alarm communications brought to FirstNet are relevant to and align with the public safety mission and truly serve on the frontlines of notification should a public safety incident occur.”