What if paramedics could send a video of the patient and vital health statistics to the emergency room from an ambulance? What if police could view a live video feed from cameras inside a school during an emergency? These capabilities are becoming a reality for public safety personnel as broadband technology evolves to integrate information in the form of words, pictures and video. These include accessing video images of a crime in progress, downloading floor plans of a burning building, or connecting rapidly and securely with personnel from other communities. Through affordable, high-speed data communications, a heightened level of situational awareness allows public safety users to enhance information sharing and communication during emergencies and day-to-day operations.

Since the launch of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NSPBN) in 2012, Lafayette Group has been at the forefront of helping Federal, State, tribal, and local stakeholders identify, plan, and implement the most efficient and effective means to use and integrate the infrastructure, equipment, and other architecture associated with the NPSBN to satisfy the wireless and data service needs of its jurisdictions. 

Through our support to the Federal government, Lafayette Group offers a wide range of broadband technical assistance and outreach support that includes web-based tools, such as mapping software and a mobile data survey to assess public safety agencies’ mobile data usage and NPSBN awareness. We also offer a variety of workshops that provide in-depth information on coverage objectives, broadband technology and its impact on public safety, and how to incorporate broadband into Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans (SCIP). Additionally, we help States meet the requirements of the NPSBN, including developing a governance body to oversee implementation, outreach to tribal and local stakeholders, and providing coverage to rural areas.