FirstNet demonstrates value during NFL Hall of Fame thunderstorm


US mission critical broadband network FirstNet has revealed that it provided ‘communications support’ during the most recent NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, taking place in Canton, Ohio, last year.

According to the FirstNet Authority, the deployment followed a “positive experience” of using the network for daily operations on the part of the City of Canton Police Department. The latter organisation subsequently worked with the city fire department, alongside the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, to facilitate use of the network during the week-long August event. 

Discussing how the network was used during the festival, a spokesperson for FirstNet said: “It proved invaluable almost immediately, having been put to the test during a severe thunderstorm which delayed the ‘Concert for Legends’. This required first responders to evacuate over 30,000 concert-goers to a safe location.

“Despite an uptick in people connecting to commercial networks, all three agencies stayed connected [via FirstNet], communicating inside and outside the stadium.”

Sheriff George Maier said: “Many members of the public were on their phones before the concert started, but [first responders] were able to seamlessly communicate with each other [via] FirstNet Band 14. It also made things a lot easier when trying to coordinate moving 30,000 people around in the stadium.”

Canton has been home to the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame since 1963. 

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