Co-Founder, Public Safety Network
TJ Kennedy is one of the co-founders and principals of the Public Safety Network. TJ has had a 25-year career in wireless technology and public safety. Prior to the Public Safety Network, TJ was the President of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, an independent US government authority charged with creating the first ever financially self-sustaining broadband nationwide network for public safety. TJ led FirstNet from a start-up inside the United States government to become a $40 billion public-private partnership (PPP) that is governing a mission- critical 4G LTE network in all 50 US states, 5 territories and the District of Columbia. This PPP is the largest ever in the United States and is now providing prioritised and pre-emptive public safety communications to law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel. Prior to joining FirstNet, TJ was the President of Raytheon JPS Communications and led the Public Safety business at Raytheon Company. Countries around the world are learning from the FirstNet model and are looking to emulate its success. Technology companies seek TJ’s advice on how they can create the Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST) and how to encourage public safety to embrace technology to enable the ways they respond, interact and serve the public in its greatest time of need. As a reliable and dedicated leader, TJ has defined and achieved organisational excellence and created complex business strategies that have achieved incredible results while working in a political environment with diverse stakeholders. TJ received his B.S. from the University of Utah and his M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.