Here’s what procurement officers need to keep in mind to ensure their department gets optimal FirstNet connectivity and capability This feature is part of our PoliceOne Digital Edition, a supplement to PoliceOne.com that brings a sharpened focus to some of the most challenging topics facing police chiefs and police officers everywhere. To read all of the articles included in this issue, click here. Compared to Project 25 and other public safety communications advances, FirstNet represents a relatively low-cost, low-risk investment for law enforcement agencies. Yet there are points that procurement officers need to keep in mind, to ensure their department gets optimal FirstNet connectivity and capability. Assuming they are compatible with the AT&T cellular network (since AT&T is the official carrier of FirstNet), most late-model smartphones can connect to FirstNet. “If your Android or Apple iOS smartphone is 4G/LTE, then it will likely connect without issues to FirstNet via AT&T,” said FirstNet Senior Advisor Bill Schrier. “But older 3G or 2G phones won’t work.” In the same vein, late-model rugged handhelds/ hotspot routers/trunk modems and laptops/tablets equipped w...