New York State authorizes Verizon to provide services for public safety and government agencies

By: Maggie Hallbach
Senior Vice President of Verizon Public Sector, President Verizon Frontline

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The State of New York Office of General Services (OGS) has authorized Verizon as one of multiple contractors to offer services to all state agencies and public safety entities through the state’s newly awarded Telecommunication Connectivity Services contract (Award 23100). Through the contract, state and local governments can take advantage of Verizon’s robust communication and network solutions - including high speed data networking solutions and Verizon’s Response Solutions for public safety agencies.

Verizon has designed these services with government and public safety agencies in mind, so they are better able to meet the unique needs of their constituents. State and local safety officials will also have access to the Verizon public safety solutions designed specifically for first responders, including priority and preemption technology. This includes the data services provided by Verizon, such as virtualized separate 4G LTE core and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards to implement Quality of Service (QOS) for public safety data communications. Verizon will provide seamless wireless communication across jurisdiction, public safety discipline and wireless carrier. In the event of an emergency, first responders will be able to talk, text, share multimedia and communicate in real-time, regardless of their plan or device.

“We’re excited to support state and local agencies in New York to fulfill their network and connectivity needs,” said Maggie Hallbach, Vice President of State, Local and Education Sales at Verizon. “Governments have an important job to do and the public depends on them for key services. The superior connectivity provided by Verizon solutions can help government agencies be as productive and efficient as possible, so they can meet their missions and serve their constituents.”

Verizon’s always-on priority and preemption services are available today and accessible using a basic phone, smartphone or data-only device. Verizon 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. Since 2000, Verizon has invested more than $145 billion in its network. Verizon is committed to supporting interoperability and open technology standards with other wireless providers who provide public safety products and solutions.

More information on Verizon Wireless’s contract, Contract #PS68692 under Group 77017, Award 23100 – Telecommunication Connectivity Services (TCS) (Statewide and County), can be found here.

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About the author:

Maggie Hallbach is the Senior Vice President of Verizon Public Sector and President of Verizon Frontline, leading the team dedicated to partnering with Verizon’s federal, state, local, education and public safety customers to deliver innovative technology solutions and services. This includes Verizon Frontline, the advanced network built for first responders.

During her more than two decades at Verizon, Maggie has also served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Sales for Verizon Public Sector, Vice President of state, local and education markets for Verizon and in a number of other executive roles.

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