What can you do if FirstNet goes down? FirstNet asked that question recently and it’s a critically important one since FirstNet exists to make sure first responders always have reliable communications.

Skymira answers with simple, reliable solutions presented in this whitepaper based on the response to FirstNet’s request for information.

A Promising System

The aftermath of the 9/11 attacks revealed fundamental flaws in public security communication systems. Phone lines were overwhelmed with private communications and agencies couldn’t communicate with each other.

FirstNet was the answer to these problems. Dedicated bandwidth and standardized guidelines ensure public safety workers will always have free lines they can use.

A Concerning Problem

But what if the network itself goes down? What if the infrastructure FirstNet relies on is compromised or destroyed?

If FirstNet went down during a crisis, the problem would become more acute than before because it would mean all first responders in the area would be without communications at the same time.

Last year the FirstNet authority board asked for information about what can be done to increase preparedness and guard against risks inherent in a terrestrial communications network.

In other words, is there a way to allow FirstNet reliant agencies and others to rise above infrastructure problems and have secure communications if radio and cell towers are out?

A Simple Solution

Skymira answered with a definite “Yes!”

Modern RoIP over satellite (radio over satellite IP) technology makes it possible to build inherent resilience and flexibility into FirstNet and other communications systems to ensure continuity even when terrestrial infrastructure goes down.

By integrating satellite RoIP technology into existing radio systems, first response agencies and units can protect against network outages.

How It Works

Using a RoIP gateway such as an Explorer Mobile Gateway adds satellite connectivity to a radio or communications network. Under regular conditions, the gateway will route messages through the preferred FirstNet network. If the preferred network becomes unreliable or unavailable, the gateway’s automatic failover will seamlessly transition to another network or satellite.

This ability to route communications over satellite eliminates the threat from natural and other disasters which knock out radio and cellular networks. By automatically switching to satellite, communications can continue in the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildland fires, and terrorist attacks.

The simplicity of adding RoIP capability to an existing network with a mobile gateway or GoKIT™ makes it a simple and realistic security measure. This makes the system affordable to deploy, simple to roll out, and easy to operate under stressful circumstances because it utilizes familiar equipment.

An Actionable Answer

Skymira gives specific, actionable answers to the question “What can you do if FirstNet goes down?” in this free whitepaper. The whitepaper is a modified version of Skymira’s response to FirstNet’s request for information about next generation off-network communications.

In the whitepaper you’ll find:

  • detailed information about creating a resilient communications network
  • technical details for integrating RoIP into an existing network
  • questions and answers about how the system would respond to real-life scenarios
  • specific use cases and how RoIP keeps critical communications online.

If you’re looking to find out more about how to ensure reliable, secure communications, this whitepaper can provide valuable information.

Learn more about how RoIP solves the problem of how to be prepared if FirstNet goes down.