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Supporting Public Safety is a Priority at AT&T

Public safety is improved by the power of mobile communications. It is a critical tool for first responders in emergency situations.

Mobile phones enable quick and accurate emergency reporting and provide an automatic estimate of a caller’s location. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), public safety personnel estimate that about 70 percent of the millions of 911 calls they receive daily are placed from wireless phones.

Mobile phones provide a critical link between first responders and the public, which is why a strong infrastructure in Oregon is so important. A recent study found that approximately 74 percent of Americans who own mobile phones say they have used their handheld device in an emergency and gained valuable help.

Plus, another survey found that smart phone users feel mobile is most important to access breaking news about issues in their communities.

In short, residents of, and visitors to, Oregon needs to stay connected in case of emergencies, which is why ongoing network upgrades and expansions of mobile Internet are so important.

We recognize the daily challenges that many public safety organizations are facing and are working hard to establish a reliable network that connects all their critical needs.

We have designed solutions to help improve public safety operations by enabling voice, video and data communications throughout agencies.

The need for better wireless coverage and the explosive growth in smartphone use has created opportunities on many public safety buildings for wireless antennas.

Public safety departments are facing tighter budgets and increased operating costs; by opting to install a wireless antenna on a fire station or police department, they can earn significant revenues in this tough economy.

We offer capabilities for information sharing and access to mission critical applications that improve response and recovery time.

Agencies can track and manage public safety personnel, vehicles and assets through automatic vehicle location and telemetry that uses GPS, AT&T Navigator, and the mobile network.

AT&T has the largest IP-based wireless network in the United States, enabling officials to communicate outside of their traditional jurisdictions when it comes to joint agency operations/support during a crisis or emergency.