Former FirstNet execs launch advisory firm

By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 14 May, 2018

Former FirstNet execs launch advisory firm

The former president of FirstNet, TJ Kennedy, and Jason Karp, FirstNet’s former chief counsel, along with marketing and technology expert Robert Wilson, have launched the Public Safety Network (PSN).

PSN will offer strategic and advisory services, venture capital and public safety technology business accelerator services, and expedited public safety app development.

According to a company release, PSN will:

  • offer access to key resources within the public safety and telecommunications industries,
  • provide resources to quickly bring to market new public safety applications and capabilities,
  • offer flexible engagement models to meet client needs.

The company’s founders say PSN possesses a deep understanding of the FirstNet model and the emerging public safety broadband marketplace, and has exposure to large-scale international public safety LTE projects.

“We are committed to ensuring that our firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel have the right tools at the right time to do the difficult work they do each day,” said Kennedy.

“We will help innovate new technologies and solutions that empower public safety each day and facilitate emergency response like never before.”

Karp added that PSN aims to help both established and start-up technology companies take advantage of the new public safety paradigm shift by embracing the first responder community and becoming the new generation of industry leaders in this space.

“The public safety broadband ecosystem is on the cusp of incredible growth and innovation, and we are truly excited about partnering with these existing and new thought leaders to ensure public safety has the latest, most advanced life-saving technologies at their disposal,” he said.

Kennedy’s 25-year career in wireless technology and public safety culminated in him being appointed president of FirstNet, where he led the organisation from a start-up inside the United States government to become a $40+ billion partnership with AT&T. Prior to FirstNet, he led the public safety business at Raytheon Company.

Karp brings more than 25 years of legal and business executive experience in the telecom, technology, media/advertising and public safety environments, having managed within large corporations, start-ups and the federal government. Prior to FirstNet, he worked with telecommunications and technology leaders, such as Accenture, MCI and the Federal Communications Commission.

Robert Wilson is the founder and CEO of Secured Communications, where he has led the company to become the global standard for secure, interoperable public safety and corporate communications. He has many years of experience working with law enforcement, and worked with the US Department of Defense to launch the first computer crime task force.

Image courtesy PSN.

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