ADT enables professional security monitoring over FirstNet

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

BOCA Raton, Fla.—ADT announced it will be offering an enhanced communication experience via FirstNet, public safety’s dedicated, nationwide communications platform built by AT&T along with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), an independent agency within the federal government. 

Covering over 99% of the U.S. population, FirstNet is designed for first responders and others critical to their emergency response. The nationwide broadband platform provides a reliable, highly secure connection to critical information needed to respond to incidents. It is the only physically separate public safety core dedicated entirely to public safety in America, meaning it is not comingled with non-public safety traffic. 

“ADT continues to focus on helping protect our customers’ homes and businesses, and this new collaboration exemplifies how we prioritize innovation to provide the most comprehensive solutions to our customers,” Don Young, chief information officer and EVP of field operations, ADT, said in an announcement. “ADT Command-monitored security system signals will be relayed within a network designed specifically for public safety, enabling an enhanced communications experience when help from first responders is needed most.” 

ADT expects to have the integrated panels available by the second half of this year, which will enable alerts to be sent from ADT-monitored customers to ADT’s Emergency Operations Center, who will then pass the alert through the FirstNet network core. 

“FirstNet is bringing public safety a level of connectivity and advanced capability that’s helping to transform the role communications plays in their emergency response,” Chris Sambar, senior vice president, FirstNet at AT&T, said. “By adding emergency alerts from ADT-monitored security systems to the FirstNet ecosystem, we are helping first responders get the critical information they need to respond to an incident as it’s happening.”