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Aug 25, 2016
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Police vests go broadband: How body-worn cameras affect mission critical infrastructure

Body-worn cameras on police officers promise many benefits, but developing a secure, fast method to upload the video content is critical to the technology being used to its full potential....More
Aug 23, 2016
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Reappointment of Swenson to top spot on FirstNet board is great news for public safety

Sue Swenson's reappointment as chairwoman of FirstNet should be viewed as a big win for public safety, based on Swenson's contributions to date and her expertise in operating wireless networks....More
Aug 17, 2016
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When your hands are full, new technology may let your eyes carry the load

Public-safety personnel in the field want the information that broadband applications can deliver, but they often need to keep their heads up and their hands free, precluding the use of typical consumer devices. Motorola Solutions' proof-of-concept virtual-reality demonstration featuring Eyefluence technology may provide the seed of a solution to this problem....More
Aug 11, 2016
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APCO says what many in public safety believe, calling story about FirstNet ‘inaccurate’ and ‘inflammatory’ 6

Is FirstNet obsolete before being built? APCO certainly doesn't think so....More
Aug 11, 2016
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the PSAP: Strategic planning for data integrity

Users at the PSAP must have up-to-date, reliable GIS data to ensure accurate location information is available for dispatch, because it can help save lives. To optimize GIS, there must be a viable-yet-flexible relationship between the GIS data, the GIS software, and the people accessing or using these resources....More
Aug 11, 2016
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Learn more about next-generation transition at Critical LTE Communications Forum on Nov. 2-3 in Chicago

What can enterprises—transportation, utility/energy, oil and gas and more—learn from the early trials of FirstNet and public-safety broadband? This is the big question for the entire critical-communications community and the question we hope to confront at the inaugural Critical LTE Communications conference, according to conference director Timothy Downs....More
Aug 9, 2016
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FirstNet flying under the radar but ready to soar

While most August headlines are focused on the political arena during this election year, let’s not forget that an important public-safety initiative is quietly moving forward. This week, FirstNet will get another important staff member: Bill Schrier, chief technology officer of the Seattle police department....More
Aug 4, 2016
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Here is a suggested process to help states make FirstNet opt-in/opt-out decision

Many state officials have been talking about the opt-out option for years, but how would the decision-making and logistics work? Consultant Dominick Arcuri provides a detailed outline of the steps involved for a state pursuing the opt-out alternative....More

If expense is not an issue, should wearable cameras be used by law enforcement?


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