Communications: Risks and Tips for Public Safety: Use of Unlicensed 802.11 (Wi-Fi) Broadband Spectrum

As technology continues to move forward at a frantic pace, so does public safety practitioners’ desire to take advantage of that technology. Nowhere is this more apparent today than in the use of commercial wireless broadband technology such as 802.11 (Wi-Fi) wireless data systems. Many public safety agencies are considering or are already deploying an 802.11 system. While there are many advantages to using commercial technology (most notable availability and price), there are some major risks that are worth talking about.