Cisco Systems launches new IP cameras that boast the processing power to perform more complex video and audio analytics to support applications such as license-plate recognition and detection of gunshots and unattended objects.
Existing FCC outdoor location accuracy and testing standards for 911 calls can apply to LTE networks, but only modest improvement in location accuracy is expected with the new architecture, a working group reported to the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).
NICE Systems announces a video-analytics solution called Suspect Search that is designed to let public-safety agencies quickly scan massive amounts of video and locate individuals, even when the individual is part of a large group.
Geographic terrain can have a significant impact on LTE system coverage and design, as those deploying a 120-day pilot project in the state of Hawaii learned prior to the creation of FirstNet, according to Bill Compton, a wireless solutions account executive with LGS Innovations.
IXP Corporation announces a global positioning system (GPS) solution called SAIF GPS that has enabled Johns Hopkins University to track its security officers, even when they are inside campus buildings.
With next-generation public-safety communications systems like FirstNet and next-generation 911 leveraging IP technology and providing access to multiple databases, those systems increasingly are more attractive to hackers. As these cybersecurity threats evolve, public safety needs to take a multi-faceted approach to keep its networks secure, according to panelists at APCO 2014.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) may serve a minor role in legacy 911 systems, but it will be an integral part of next-generation system. The sooner 911 professionals realize this and start preparing, the smoother their transition to next-generation 911 will be, according to panelists at the recent APCO conference.
Public-safety agencies can protect their technological investments by focusing on the convergence of existing and emerging technologies, including LMR, LTE and broadband, according to Paul May, senior product manager for Harris RF.
A commonly stated concern about text-to-911 service is that the messages will be so packed with text abbreviations that they will be rendered unintelligible to call-takers in PSAPs. But early returns indicate the text messages haven’t been as indecipherable as feared.
As public-safety communications systems become increasingly complex, more agencies are looking for alternatives to traditional funding and network-management models, according to Motorola Solutions representatives
FirstNet board members approve a three-year spectrum-management-lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas, providing some spectral stability to the public-safety LTE network deployed in Harris County, Texas—the first such operational network to be established in the United States.
More than four months after its sale from Alcatel-Lucent was finalized, Virginia-based LGS Innovations is enjoying the freedom of no longer being bound exclusively to the U.S. federal-government market, so it can pursue business in sectors such as utilities, according to top management official with the company.
FirstNet Acting General Manager TJ Kennedy noted advances made within FirstNet and the public-safety-communications industry during his presentation at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in New Orleans.
Zetron has a new Pathway radio dispatch solution that uses the TIA P25 Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI) protocol to connect as many as four console systems to one base station, providing dispatch centers with additional flexibility during potentially difficult transition times.