Panasonic Delivers FirstNet Ready™ TOUGHBOOK Devices for First Responders on FirstNet

Leading rugged mobile device manufacturer demonstrates commitment to
public safety sector with mobility solutions tested and approved for use
on FirstNet

NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Panasonic,
an industry leading manufacturer of mobile computing devices supporting
customers’ digital transformations with smart answers to tough
challenges, today announced that the TOUGHBOOK 33 (CF-33 EM7511) and
TOUGHBOOK 54 (CF-54 EM7511) are FirstNet Ready™, so they have been
tested and approved for use on the FirstNet
communications platform.

FirstNet is the nationwide wireless communications platform dedicated to
America’s first responders and public safety community. It’s built with AT&T
in a public-private partnership with the First
Responder Network Authority
(FirstNet Authority) – an independent
agency within the federal government. FirstNet is bringing public safety
communications into the 21st century, giving first responders
the modern tools they need to strengthen their incident response.

These FirstNet Ready™ TOUGHBOOK devices signify Panasonic’s commitment
to equipping first responders with the reliable tools and seamless
communication they need to protect their communities when it matters
most.

The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK devices will now be able to accept a FirstNet
SIM, giving public safety access to the dedicated, physically separate
FirstNet network core built just for them. This will also let public
safety take advantage of the unique capabilities of FirstNet like First
Priority™, enabling priority and, for first responders, preemption. This
helps ensure first responders can connect to the critical information
they need – every day and in every emergency.

Working with Sierra Wireless, the leading provider of fully integrated
device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), Panasonic
engineers built the AirPrime® EM7511 Band 14-compatible module into the
TOUGHBOOK 33 and TOUGHBOOK 54 and will continue to integrate this module
into a diverse range of TOUGHBOOK devices, including 2-in-1 devices,
tablets, and other hardware solutions trusted by first responders around
the globe.

“The FirstNet communications platform is a major advancement in
empowering first responders with the near real-time information and
reliable tools they need to serve their communities during mission
critical situations,” said Mary Beth Hall, Director of Wireless
Strategy, Marketing at Panasonic System Solutions of North America. “As
an AT&T member of the FirstNet Dealer Program and provider of devices
that can be used to connect to FirstNet services, we are proud to
support the FirstNet mission as we continue to enable a seamless
transition for existing and future customers.”

As an authorized AT&T member of the FirstNet Dealer Program, Panasonic
is equipping the public safety community with industry-leading rugged
devices and FirstNet services. Following a nationwide tour to educate,
equip and empower first responders with the services, tools and
technology they need to complete their transition to FirstNet, Panasonic
will continue to work closely with organizations nationwide to support
their needs with purpose-built devices.

“In emergency situations, first responders require a reliable
communications network in order to restore public safety within their
communities as quickly and safely as possible,” said Bob Sloan, Chief
Operating Officer, FirstNet Program at AT&T. “Panasonic understands the
FirstNet landscape and the technology first responders need to help
carry out their mission. We look forward to continuing our collaboration
as we ensure first responders are connected to a dedicated
communications platform nationwide.”

“FirstNet is built for America’s first responders and their lifesaving
mission,” said Jeff Bratcher, CTO and Operations Officer, First
Responder Network Authority. “So it is exciting to see Panasonic join
the growing public safety marketplace of devices and applications. We
are pleased to welcome them to the FirstNet ecosystem and look forward
to continued innovation for public safety.”

To learn more about Panasonic’s solutions for first responders, visit na.panasonic.com/us/public-safety. For
more information about FirstNet, go to FirstNet.com.
To learn more about the AT&T Alliance Channel, go to alliance.att.com.

Follow the TOUGHBOOK Brand
The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK family of
laptop computers, 2-in-1s and tablets can be followed on various social
media channels, including, Facebook,
Twitter
(@TOUGHBOOK), LinkedIn,
YouTube
and our blog, Rugged
Mobility for Business
.

Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America, Division of
Panasonic Corporation of North America, delivers reliable technology
solutions for government and commercial enterprises, nonprofit
organizations, creative professionals and SMBs. Learn more at https://na.panasonic.com/us/.

About Panasonic
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of
North America is a leading technology partner and integrator to
businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The
company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based
Panasonic Corporation and leverages its strengths in Immersive
Entertainment, Sustainable Energy, Integrated Supply Chains and Mobility
Solutions to provide secure and resilient integrated solutions for B2B
customers. Panasonic was highlighted in Forbes Magazine’s
Global 2000 ranking as one of the Top Ten Best Regarded Companies for
2017. The ranking is based on outstanding scores for trustworthiness,
honesty with the public and superior performance of products and
solutions. Learn more about Panasonic’s ideas and innovations at Panasonic.com.

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