FCC commissioners vote to propose measures designed to increase accountability and communication among service providers as 911 call centers transition to IP-based technologies, but a Republican dissenter calls the action a regulatory "federal takeover" of the emergency-calling system that traditionally has been overseen at state and local levels.
Members of Congress pressed FirstNet Acting General Manager TJ Kennedy for a projected timeframe regarding the state-consultation process during Tuesday’s U.S. House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on the progress of interoperable communications since the tragic events of 9/11.
FirstNet's finance committee allocates $42.5 million and $22.3 million, respectively, toward completing its two primary goals for 2015: developing the comprehensive request for proposals (RFP) that identify partners for the public-safety broadband network and conducting state consultations and outreach.
Funding models, legal issues and a lack of urgency are among the early findings of research being done to examine the challenges associated with the transition from legacy 911 systems to a next-generation architecture, according to speakers during a recent webinar on the subject.
Utility companies have an increasing array of options to consider when charting a path forward for their communications systems, but the prospect of utilizing priority wireless access—especially on spectrum licensed to FirstNet for the first nationwide broadband network for public safety—remains a challenge.
FreeWave releases its new WaveContact wireless input/output (I/O) product family, which is designed to help industrial customers broaden the use of sensors in some of the harshest, most remote environments.
Speakers during a webinar detail the pros and cons of both the TETRA and DMR Tier 3 technologies in a variety of use cases, including the service of enterprises, critical infrastructure and first responders.
Steve Lovell, president of VIEVU, talks about the company's new ruggedized body camera and the increased interest in body cameras in law enforcement during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Associate Editor Jill Nolin at the recent ASIS conference in Atlanta.
Thermal Imaging Radar CTO Mike Dortch discusses the benefits of thermal cameras and why more organizations--particularly critical-infrastructure entities--are utilizing the technology. Dortch talked to IWCE's Urgent Communications Associate Editor Jill Nolin at the recent ASIS conference in Atlanta.
Guardian 8’s Pro V2 pepper-spray device has a video camera, a Bluetooth module and an audible alarm that are all simultaneously activated when the trigger is lightly pulled (a full squeeze discharges the pepper spray).