Think of FirstNet as ‘ecosystem’ for software developers, board member Takai says

FirstNet board member Teri Takai, center, speaks at the 2017 Public Sector Innovation Summit in Arlington, Virginia.


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The $46.5 billion network being developed by AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will have apps and functionality that cannot even be envisioned today, one of its board members said Wednesday.

FirstNet board member Teri Takai, who has served as chief information officer for California, Michigan, and the Department of Defense, shared some of the project’s vision with an audience at the Public Sector Innovation Summit presented by VMware and produced by StateScoop and FedScoop.

“We’re putting together, now, an ecosystem — so there will be a developer platform, there will be testing and certification, there will be an app store, effectively, for distribution of applications, [and] a set of cybersecurity requirements,” Takai said. “So that ecosystem, that infrastructure is also going to be important.”

Innovative ideas are going to come “from big companies and little companies” alike, she said.

See more about the FirstNet “innovation platform” in Colin Wood’s coverage on StateScoop.

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