Public safety depends on interoperable communications for first responders.

Safety for first responders means working together.
That’s interoperability.

First responders must communicate with each other in an emergency—no matter what. So to stay ready for successful missions, it’s critical that first responder networks, platforms, apps, media and devices be reliable, secure and interoperable. That means first responder communications must work together no matter what network they use, with first-priority access across carrier networks and public safety agencies.

We offer the highest-quality connectivity to first responders. In fact, Verizon was ranked #1 in the U.S. by RootMetrics in overall network performance 13 times in a row.* By combining interoperable communications on our 4G LTE network with Mobile Broadband Priority, Preemption and more public safety service options, you can count on our support when you need it most.

* #1 Overall Network Performance and Most Reliable Network, based on RootMetrics® by IHS Markit’s RootScore® Reports 2H 2019 of four mobile networks. Results may vary. Not an endorsement.


Keep the lines of communication completely open in an emergency.

To enable secure communications and content sharing across public safety agencies, Verizon is advocating for interoperability. Advances in technologies such as our 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)-standards-based mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) and, Push to Talk Responder, make voice, video, text and data sharing possible. They can provide first responders with any-to-any, end-to-end encrypted connectivity for communicating on any network and device during an emergency. 

First responders can seamlessly interact through an easy-to-use interface with networks, services and compatible applications to communicate and coordinate across agencies, jurisdictions and departments when they need to.

Interoperability solutions help public safety personnel:

  • Streamline operations and security across carrier networks and public safety agencies
  • Keep communications siloed and private during normal operations while enabling collaboration in an emergency
  • Improve response times and interagency coordination with interoperable communications on platforms like Push to Talk Responder.
  • Enhance first responder safety and situational awareness in near real time
  • Protect existing and future public safety communications technology investments with backward compatibility

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