First Runner Compact Deployable LTE System

WHAT:      At the 2018 APCO International Annual Conference & Expo, General Dynamics will showcase its investments in public safety communications, both in multiple deployable form factors and a comprehensive, integrated approach to providing first responders the necessary solutions to improve communications, awareness, and secure access to critical data in the field.


WHEN:      August 6-7, 2018 | Visit for symposium hours and admissions information.


WHERE:   Venetian/Palazzo Hotel - Sands Expo, Las Vegas, NV

                 Booth 627: General Dynamics Mission Systems & General Dynamics Information Technology


General Dynamics Mission Systems is excited to introduce FirstRunnerTM, a new Compact Rapid Deployable (CRDTM) 4G LTE communications system for the customer owned and maintained (COAM) market that is easily deployable by a single person.

FirstRunnerTM is rapidly deployable across the full spectrum of public safety agencies and incidents. Easily transportable on any standard vehicle trailer hitch, the system features a 15-minute setup time, lower cost of ownership as compared to larger, less mobile solutions and is designed to easily accept upgrades as technology continues to evolve.

The FirstRunner solution is anticipated to enter testing with AT&T later this year for compatibility with FirstNet – the nationwide public safety LTE communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders.

“I am excited to see the innovation from General Dynamics on the FirstRunner solution to meet the growing demand of the COAM market for an affordable and easily deployable 4G LTE communications system with satellite backhaul for state and local public safety agencies,” said TJ Kennedy, co-founder and principal at the Public Safety Network, a consulting firm, and former president of the First Responder Network Authority. “Putting this lightweight capability in the hands of our first responders will add network connectivity to rural and remote locations during training exercises and incident response, assist with network restoration during natural and human-caused disasters as well as increase capacity when needed for planned events.”

Key capabilities of the FirstRunnerTM:

  • High-speed internet for all operating conditions with the ability to get online from anywhere in minutes
  • Auto-deploy high speed Ka-band satellite
  • Supports commercial LTE bands
  • Supports FirstNet’s Band 14 spectrum
  • Advanced Wi-Fi hotspot and cellular connections
  • Enterprise class gigabit wired networking
  • Primary secure pop-up network
  • Convenience in mobility and versatility of use

General Dynamics will also feature displays dedicated to its SHIELD EcosystemTM, which provides integrated, mission critical communication systems for public safety and security.

General Dynamics Information Technology will showcase its work on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) project. NG911 networks offer new capabilities and replace the existing 9‐1‐1 networks, which carry only voice and very limited data. This is the largest i3 (NENA’s architecture standard) implementation to date with decreased transfers and improved communications. Our subject matter experts will be available to speak to the redundancy, resiliency, security, proactive monitoring, dynamic policy-based geospatial routing, multimedia-ready and integrated text-to-911. More information on NG9-1-1 is available on our website.

Onsite Contacts:

Matthew Billingsley, General Dynamics Mission Systems, 202-407-1141 or

Stephen Ashurkoff, General Dynamics Information Technology, 703-786-6892 or


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