Intelligence. Unclassfied. Episode 49: JerseyNet for Dedicated First Responder Communications

JerseyNet is the nation’s first deployable wireless communications network dedicated for use by public safety agencies. Created to address the challenges of providing public safety officials with uninterrupted service during emergencies, JerseyNet is part of a nationwide interoperable communications movement working to connect first responders across different agencies, regions, and technologies. It has been deployed to multiple events in and around New Jersey, including the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, the Atlantic City Air Show and Miss America Pageant, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, and the 96th Annual Far Hills Steeplechase.

Join Principal Planner Alex Newman as he and Interoperable Communications Chief Steve Talpas discuss this innovative and valuable asset for New Jersey first responders.


Broadband Technology Outreach Initiative Workshops

NJOHSP offers broadband technology awareness workshops designed to provide an overview of broadband capabilities available to the public safety community at no cost. These awareness workshop are recommended for all first responders, including those who are involved with command centers, emergency operation centers, and communications.


Background

JerseyNet is a deployable, wireless data network dedicated for public safety. JerseyNet was created as a proof of concept for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The project was funded by the fiscal year 2010 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), a grant provided by the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Today’s wireless communications services used by public safety agencies are dependent upon commercial infrastructure, leaving first responders to compete with the general public for limited bandwidth. These services can also become unreliable in severe weather, in rural areas, or when physical infrastructure has been compromised. For police, fire, and medical services, unreliable wireless service can degrade critical communications and put lives at risk. JerseyNet provides new wireless capabilities to first responders while demonstrating the future potential of the NPSBN.

Capabilities

JerseyNet provides constant communication service throughout three geographic regions in New Jersey: the Route 21 corridor, Camden County, and Atlantic City. Deployable assets can also provide temporary communication service at any location in or around New Jersey. When on location, JerseyNet can facilitate interoperability among existing radios in use on scene, enable access to mobile applications used by first responders, and provide Internet access that is not dependent upon the existing commercial network.

JerseyNet can be deployed at the request of governments or public safety agencies within the state. It has been deployed to multiple events in and around New Jersey, including the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, the Atlantic City Air Show and Miss America Pageant, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, and the 96th Annual Far Hills Steeplechase.




Please contact the JerseyNet team to request information or training at jerseynet@njohsp.gov.