Helping Public Safety Responders Get a Touchdown

By UCStrategies’ Blair Pleasant

When you think about the Super Bowl® game, you probably think about the players, fans, halftime performers, and even the food vendors. Most of us don’t spend much time wondering how public safety personnel communicate. A huge part of putting together a massive event as popular as the Super Bowl game involves ensuring that the proper security is in place, and that first responders have the right tools to keep everyone safe, with the ability to communicate quickly and efficiently in the case of security issues.

In February 2017, the City of Houston hosted Super Bowl® 51 at the NRG Stadium, with an estimated 1.3 million people attending the game and Super Bowl LIVE, a free event taking place for several days before game day. Harris County Public Safety Technology Services (PSTS) supported the event by providing a Public Safety LTE network at key venues including NRG Stadium, the George R Brown Convention Center, and Discovery Green Park. The public safety operational period spans 10 days leading up to game day with various events and activities throughout Houston.