FirstNet, AT&T launch public safety developer program

FirstNet and AT&T (NYSE: T) launched the first developer program geared toward America´s first responders, the companies said.

This will encourage public safety-focused innovation to help equip first responders with state-of-the-art communications tools. It also brings public safety closer to having their own app store where they can find new solutions purpose-built for their needs.

The developer program will feed the FirstNet app store, providing public safety with a one-stop shop for reliable, highly secure solutions optimized for the FirstNet network. Based on common and open standards, this ecosystem will be an engine for innovative, cost effective and interoperable public safety solutions.

Through the FirstNet developer program, 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 specialized 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.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority within the US Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect US communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit.

AT&T helps millions around the globe connect with entertainment, business, mobile and high speed Internet services.