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Considerations for Identity Management in Public Safety Networks



Nelson Hastings, Joshua M. Franklin


This document analyzes approaches to identity management for public safety networks in an effort to assist individuals developing technical and policy requirements for public safety use. These considerations are scoped into the context of their applicability to public safety communications networks with a particular focus on the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) based on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) family of standards. A short background on identity management is provided alongside a review of applicable federal and industry guidance. Considerations are provided for identity proofing, selecting tokens, and the authentication process. While specific identity management technologies are analyzed, the document does not preclude other identity management technologies from being used in public safety communications networks.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8014
Report Number


authentication, identity management, local authentication, Long Term Evolution, LTE, public safety, remote authentication


Hastings, N. and Franklin, J. (2015), Considerations for Identity Management in Public Safety Networks, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created March 29, 2015, Updated October 12, 2021