Verizon to Offer MA Public Safety with Response Ready Solutions (Videos)

Verizon Responder Private Core separates public safety data communications from commercial and consumer traffic, and is available at no additional cost to first responders and all qualified public safety personnel. (Courtesy of Verizon)
Verizon Responder Private Core separates public safety data communications from commercial and consumer traffic, and is available at no additional cost to first responders and all qualified public safety personnel. (Courtesy of Verizon)

Verizon has been authorized to offer services to public safety through the state of Massachusetts’s public safety grade wireless agreement, which includes Verizon’s Responder Private Core, priority and preemption technology for first responders in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This is the first state-wide and local agency multi-vendor procurement in the nation for public safety grade wireless data services.

Verizon’s public safety grade wireless data services are designed to enhance first responders’ abilities to protect human life and property.

(Hear from Bill Bratton, former police commissioner of New York & Boston, former chief of LAPD, and keynote speaker for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon, as he discusses Verizon’s public safety private core designed to enhance Verizon’s industry-leading 4G LTE network for public safety. Courtesy of Verizon and YouTube. Posted on Mar 29, 2018.)

“We’re excited to support first responders in Massachusetts and provide them with reliable and secure wireless services,” explained Maggie Hallbach, Vice President of State, Local and Education Sales at Verizon.

“When safety is on the line, first responders need to know that the communications systems they depend on will be fully operational to help keep them and the public safe during emergency situations.”

“Verizon has a long history of supporting first responders and we’re proud to bring our interoperable wireless technology to public safety officials in Massachusetts.”

Verizon services feature:

  • Virtualized separate 4G LTE core, maximizing security for public safety users.

  • 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards to implement Quality of Service (QOS), priority, and preemption for public safety data communications.

(See how Verizon created a dedicated lane for first responders called Responder Private Core, to learn more about how Verizon can give you priority access during a crisis. Courtesy of Verizon and YouTube. Posted on Feb 19, 2019.)

Verizon will provide seamless wireless communication across jurisdiction, public safety discipline and wireless carrier.

Public safety users responding to major incidents will be able to talk, text, share multimedia and communicate in real-time, regardless of their selected public safety grade wireless carrier, plan or device.

“The ability for public safety users throughout Massachusetts to communicate seamlessly while responding to incidents is of the utmost importance,” added Kerry Collins, Undersecretary for Forensic Science and Technology, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

“Bringing real-time communications to our first responders enables us to better protect and serve.”

(Listen to police officer Annemarie Ferris describe what it’s like to save a life. Learn why law enforcement officials like Ferris around the country rely on good communication to help their communities. Courtesy of Verizon and YouTube. Posted on Feb 19, 2019.)

Verizon’s Responder Private Core is part of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, which powers the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, covering more than 2.5 million square miles and more than 98% of Americans with a more than 450,000 square mile coverage advantage over the nearest competitor, designed to intelligently manages traffic between commercial and public safety customers.

(Verizon honors first responders in their 2019 Super Bowl ad featuring Anthony Lynn. Courtesy of Verizon, USA TODAY and YouTube. Posted on Feb 3, 2019.)

The Responder Private Core separates first responder data and voice traffic from Verizon’s other cellular customers and provides secure remote access to apps and other tools for public safety professionals.

Like FirstNet, Verizon’s Responder Private Core gives public safety users priority even to the point of removing other users from the network.

Verizon Responder Private Core separates public safety data communications from commercial and consumer traffic, and is available at no additional cost to first responders and all qualified public safety personnel. (Courtesy of Verizon)
Whether on an agency or personal device, first responders rely on a secure network to share voice and data information to coordinate responses and immediately collaborate. Discover the scope of Verizon’s First Responder Benefits, and learn how we can help first responders and all qualified public safety personnel get dependable and comprehensive network coverage for emergency communications. (Courtesy of Verizon)

Nick Nilan, director of public sector product development at Verizon, says public safety users on the Verizon network can sign up for access to the Core.

Verizon will then put a feature on their account that identifies them as a public safety user.

“Users don’t have to do anything to access the Core once they have that feature on their account,” he says.

(Learn More. Verizon’s Nick Nilan on Future Vision with Emergency Communications and Public Safety-Federal Executive Forum Program-July 2019. Courtesy of Trezzamediagroup and YouTube. Posted on Jun 28, 2019.)

Verizon’s always-on priority and preemption services are accessible using a basic phone, smartphone or data-only device.

While most of the users on the Verizon Responder Private Core are accessing the network on their cellphones, Nilan believes the future of the network will involve other uses.

First responders can now have wireless Class of Service (CoS) for mission-critical applications on the Verizon 4G LTE Private Network. (Courtesy of Verizon)
First responders can now have wireless Class of Service (CoS) for mission-critical applications on the Verizon 4G LTE Private Network. (Courtesy of Verizon)

“The real growth will be in the number of connections per vehicle through the MDT router,” he says.

“Those connections will include telematics, streaming video from body-worn cameras, and smart vests that tell dispatchers and commanders when an officer is under stress or has suffered a medical event or injury.”

“All of these sensors together are operating on our network today,” said Nilan, adding that they will become more prevalent in coming years.

In order to spur such innovation in law enforcement technology applications, Verizon not only sends out “solution architects” to help customers get the most from the network, it also facilitates networking among first responder customers.

“We will bring together two customers, one that has a challenge and another that has solved that same challenge,” he says.

(In North America, there are two major companies offering Mission Critical LTE for first responders. One of these companies is Verizon. Courtesy of Gert Jan Wolf and YouTube. Posted on Mar 26, 2019.)

The Responder Private Core from Verizon is the nation’s primary competitor to FirstNet.

Since 2000, Verizon has invested more than $145 billion in its network, and is committed to supporting interoperability and open technology standards with other wireless providers who provide public safety products and solutions.

(First responders answer the call. Our job is to make sure they can get it. See all 12 stories at Courtesy of Verizon, Courtesy of Creativity – Cannes Lions, and YouTube. Posted on Jan 18, 2019.)

Comm Bill Bratton to Deliver Key Note Address at AST’s 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards at ISC East

American Security Today is pleased to announce that Bill Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department(BPD) and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), will be speaking to ‘ASTORS’ Winners, Finalists, and Attendees at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East 2019, on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Former NYPD and LAPD Commissioner Bill Bratton with Mike Madsen, AST Publisher (at IACP)
Former NYPD and LAPD Commissioner Bill Bratton with Mike Madsen, AST Publisher (at IACP)

Commissioner Bratton is one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues, and is widely sought by both national and international news outlets, law enforcement agencies, industry leading Fortune 500 companies and public safety agencies for his insight and vast expertise relating to crime, public safety, counterterrorism, risk mitigation, crisis management, and first responders interoperability (i.e., federal, state and local law enforcement, fire, EMS, health, hospitalsin the event of a critical incident or emergency.

(Combating Homegrown Terrorism – The most significant defense we have is intelligence, says Bill Bratton, Teno Risk executive chairman and former NYPD commissioner, talking about the new and challenging tactics now used by terrorists as well as how governments and companies can help protect the public amid growing extremism threats. Courtesy of CNBC Make It. and YouTube. Posted on Aug 18, 2017.)

As Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, Commission Bratton regularly counsels clients on risk identification, prevention, and response, with an emphasis on six key areas which includes: cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, counterterrorism, health advisory, internal threat mitigation, and crisis management.

Over the course of his 46-year career in law enforcement, he instituted progressive change and achieved dramatic decreases in crime while leading six police departments, which includes seven years as Chief of Police for LAPD, and two consecutive terms as Police Commissioner of the City of New York, driving down crime, improving public safety, and working to strengthen community relations while in each post.

Furthermore, Commissioner Bratton is the only person to lead the police agencies of America’s two largest cities.

(Sometimes leadership actually means falling in line, says two-time New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Courtesy of CNBC Make It. and YouTube. Posted on Jul 17, 2018.)

Critically acclaimed author, widely in-demand commentator, and Fortune 500 company consultant, Police Commissioner Bratton’s almost 50 year distinguished career, will be featured in-depth in the upcoming AST *Fully Interactive* Monthly Magazine – So be on the lookout to learn more about the impact his extraordinary leadership has had on revitalizing public safety, developing an internationally acclaimed command accountability system in use by police departments nationwide, dramatically increasing law enforcement morale, and achieving some of the largest crime declines in some of America’s largest U.S. cities.

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.

Former NYPD and LAPD Commissioner Bill Bratton with AST Editorial Director Tammy Waitt
Former NYPD and LAPD Commissioner Bill Bratton with AST Editorial Director Tammy Waitt (at IACP)

Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program drew an overwhelming response from industry leaders with a record high number of corporate and government nominations received, as well as record breaking ‘ASTORS’ Presentation Luncheon Attendees, with top firms trying to register for the exclusive high – end luncheon and networking opportunity – right up to the event kickoff on Wednesday afternoon, at the ISC East registration!


  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Viasat, Hanwha Techwin, Lenel, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Verint, Canon U.S.A., BriefCam, Pivot3, Milestone Systems, Allied Universal, Ameristar Perimeter Security and More!

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic Systems, and Desktop Alert.

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards for a limited time at


Comprehensive List of Categories Include:

Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
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Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
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License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!

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Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at:

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Honor Your Agency and First Responders for Government Excellence in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards

In addition to DHS S&T, following Government Agencies were recognized in thee 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards:

(Learn About the DARPA Subterranean Challenge working with multidisciplinary teams from around the world to compete in the development of the autonomy, perception, networking, and mobility technologies necessary to map explore and search underground networks in unpredictable conditions. Courtesy of DARPAtv and YouTube.)

(Learn About the FBI VCAC Program, and hear from Special Agent Danielle Messineo, who works in the Crimes Against Children division, trying to prevent future victims by giving presentations to schoolchildren. Courtesy of USA Network and YouTube.)

(Learn About the Joint Interagency Task Force South on Key West, Florida, a multi-agency, international alliance whose mission is to cover 42 million square miles of territory primarily in Central and South America to stem the flow of illegal drugs and to disrupt and dismantle sophisticated narco-trafficking networks. Much of that work is carried out on the high seas. Courtesy of Doug Brumbaugh and YouTube.)

Also Recognized for ‘Excellence in Homeland Security’ in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program:

  • Edward Reinhold, Deputy Assistant Director, FBI (Ret)

  • Joel McNellyCharlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

  • Matt QuillenBristol Virginia Police Department

  • Stanley I. WhiteCounterintelligence Advisor, the International Association for Counterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP)

  • Thomas HomanActing Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (Ret)

  • Thomas O’ConnorPresident of the FBI Agents Association

2018 Champions Edition

See the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Champions Edition – ‘Best Products of 2018 ‘ Year in Review’ for in-depth coverage of the outstanding products and services of firms receiving American Security Today’s 2018‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards.’

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And be sure to Register Early for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East 2019 to ensure your place at this limited- space event!

2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

Why the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program?

American Security Today’s comprehensive Annual Homeland Security Awards Program is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of physical, IT, port security, law enforcement, and first responders, in acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

Why American Security Today?

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 70,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

The old traditional security marketplace has been covered by a host of security publications that have changed little over many years.

American Security Today brings forward a fresh compelling look and read with our customized digital publications that provides our readers with solutions to their challenges.

Our Editorial staff provides a full plate of topics for our AST monthly digital editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts.

The editorial calendar and AST’s high drawing website features 23 different Technology and Marketing Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities and Emergency Response among others.

These sectors are part of the new integration, where these major applications communicate with one another in a variety of solutions to protect our cities and critical infrastructure.

AST has Expanded readership into vital Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other Potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – enticing targets for extremist or lone wolf attacks due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.

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