FirstNet, AT&T launch first developer programme for public safety

Thursday 12 October 2017 | 16:25 CET | News

FirstNet and AT&T launched the first developer programme geared toward America's first responders. This will encourage public safety-focused innovation to help equip first responders with communications tools. It also brings public safety closer to having their own app store where they can find new products purpose-built for their needs. The developer programme will feed the FirstNet app store, providing public safety with a one-stop shop for products optimised for the FirstNet network. Based on common and open standards, this ecosystem will be an engine for interoperable public safety products.

Through the FirstNet developer programme, developers will be able to create apps for public safety and scale them for first responders like never before. Developers now have access to a specialised portal housing resources to help them successfully build, test, deploy and maintain public safety applications. In addition to programming tools like APIs and software development kits, the portal features guidelines to follow when developing for public safety.

Some areas of focus for potential developers include, but are not limited to situational awareness; in-building mapping; field reporting and records management; wearable devices and telemetry products, as well as forensic intelligence. The programme will also enable collaboration between first responders and developers to create mission-critical apps for public safety and tools that give them access to timely information. FirstNet and AT&T will host events and challenges to help foster this collaboration.

With the launch of this programme, developers can now submit their apps for inclusion in the FirstNet app store as either "certified" or "reviewed" for first responder use.

In addition to working with developers, the programme will evaluate existing public safety apps for inclusion in the store. Details on how to submit apps as well as the criteria by which they are evaluated can all be found on the FirstNetdeveloper portal.

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