FirstNet issues RFI for first-responder devices, apps, MDM, security and more


The First Responder Network Authority is seeking details about smartphones, tablets, applications, text and video messaging, security, device management and more in a request for information issued April 15.

The independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, better known as FirstNet, was established to develop a nationwide interoperable broadband network for first responders. The RFI says FirstNet is looking for vendors who have demonstrated experience with public-safety-quality products.

The network is expected to support more than 2 million first responders. Initially, it will focus on data applications, the RFI says, but eventually it will offer an alternative to the land-mobile-radio networks common among first responders.

The RFI includes a spreadsheet for vendors to complete with separate tabs to gather information on smartphones, routers, apps, privacy and other types of offerings. The tab for smartphones lists dozens of questions about processors, sound, software, batteries, voice services, bluetooth and accessories. The questions about apps ask about location services, next-generation 9-1-1 services and emergency alerts.

The messaging and video section asks about text and multimedia messaging as well as streaming video and instant messaging, among other things.

Device management features should allow administrators to install, update, delete and block apps remotely, the RFI says. FirstNet also wants to be able to control access, connectivity and security.

Apps will come from either a commercial app store or a FirstNet app store, on top of the set of built-in apps on each device, the RFI says.

FirstNet will accept RFI responses until May 31.

For more:
- see the RFI on FedBizOpps

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