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The Internet of Lifesaving Things

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet President TJ Kennedy describes the upcoming nationwide public safety broadband network as revolutionary for emergency communications. In a recent interview with EMS World, Kennedy shares details as to how the network will empower EMS and will bring about the “Internet of Lifesaving Things.”

“Imagine if paramedics could send a drone ahead of their arrival to an incident to gauge the severity and even determine if additional EMS resources will be necessary. As they arrive, they use connected tools to take the vitals of an injured individual and send the data to the nearest hospital in real time before and during EMS transport,” says Kennedy, quoted in the article.

Kennedy goes on to explain how a smart ambulance can calculate the quickest route to the hospital with the specialty care needed for the situation, while paramedics hold a video conference with doctors and staff waiting for the patient’s arrival in the emergency room.  The possibilities for saving precious time in emergencies are many with a broadband public safety communications network.

TJ Kennedy will be giving the keynote address at the upcoming EMS World Expo in October.

Read more of Kennedy’s interview at


Connect Iowa, in partnership with the ISICSB, has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.


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