Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May the “Force” be with you

Over the past two years, the FirstNet Colorado (FNC) Outreach and Education Manager, Ed Mills, has been working diligently to provide a platform that would allow efficient and effective tracking of events, contacts and everything related to FirstNet planning. The new tool is called Salesforce.com and the team just launched the 2.0 version in May!  This tool has been built to detailed specifications by the very capable Salesforce Administrator Thomas Ivy from the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) Salesforce Team. It will be used to track all public safety entities (PSE) in Colorado, engagement events, contacts made at events, conferences, and even some minor grant reporting. The long-term plan is to develop a robust directory of all the PSEs and contacts in Colorado, that in the future, may support multiple programs which track similar efforts.  For now, the FNC team is learning the new tool, populating it with information, working out the final kinks, and eager to see the tool streamline processes.  Stay tuned for more information on the technology the FirstNet Colorado team is deploying in support of broadband planning!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why Would Your Agency Use FirstNet?

Now that FirstNet has selected AT&T as its partner to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), we want your help to know the criteria for an agency to consider purchasing FirstNet service. As the time approaches for the state plan to be delivered, the FirstNet Colorado team wants to better understand your beliefs, expectations, current services and purchasing processes for the NPSBN. Each section will have between 5-10 questions, some optional, to explore all of the topics previously mentioned. We ask that stakeholders take the survey by May 19th and please pay special attention to the demographics question at the end of the survey, this information is crucial for us.  Click here to access our short survey to gain key insights about your needs as public safety broadband consumers! If you want to see the questions first, view them here.