Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed Insights from Donny Jackson concerning the most important news, trends and issues. en Reappointment of Swenson to top spot on FirstNet board is great news for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reappointment-swenson-top-spot-firstnet-board-great-news-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reappointment-swenson-top-spot-firstnet-board-great-news-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reappointment-swenson-top-spot-firstnet-board-great-news-public-safety#comments Long-Term Evolution Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:02:00 +0000 47531 at http://urgentcomm.com When your hands are full, new technology may let your eyes carry the load http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-your-hands-are-full-new-technology-may-let-your-eyes-carry-load <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-your-hands-are-full-new-technology-may-let-your-eyes-carry-load" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/when-your-hands-are-full-new-technology-may-let-your-eyes-carry-load#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design APCO Motorola Solutions Urgent Matters Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:33:00 +0000 47471 at http://urgentcomm.com APCO says what many in public safety believe, calling story about FirstNet ‘inaccurate’ and ‘inflammatory’ http://urgentcomm.com/blog/apco-says-what-many-public-safety-believe-calling-story-about-firstnet-inaccurate-and-inflammat <div class="node-body blog-body">Is FirstNet obsolete before being built? APCO certainly doesn't think so.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/apco-says-what-many-public-safety-believe-calling-story-about-firstnet-inaccurate-and-inflammat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/apco-says-what-many-public-safety-believe-calling-story-about-firstnet-inaccurate-and-inflammat#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet APCO NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:41:00 +0000 47391 at http://urgentcomm.com Comprehensive discussions needed in several key areas as communications-industry evolution accelerates http://urgentcomm.com/blog/comprehensive-discussions-needed-several-key-areas-communications-industry-evolution-accelerate <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It wasn&rsquo;t a long passage, and it probably was overlooked by most who watched the FCC recently pass rules associated with spectrum above 27 GHz that is expected to be critical to the deployment of 5G wireless technology in the United States. But FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel started what hopefully becomes a much more detailed discussion on an important subject: in-building wireless coverage.</p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/comprehensive-discussions-needed-several-key-areas-communications-industry-evolution-accelerate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/comprehensive-discussions-needed-several-key-areas-communications-industry-evolution-accelerate#comments Policy Urgent Matters Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:54:00 +0000 47201 at http://urgentcomm.com RFP competition should improve chances that FirstNet vision can become a reality for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/rfp-competition-should-improve-chances-firstnet-vision-can-become-reality-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">It may have been the worst-kept secret in the public-safety communications industry, but AT&T announcement that it is leading a FirstNet bidding team means that the RFP process has at least three competitors, which should be good news for public safety.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/rfp-competition-should-improve-chances-firstnet-vision-can-become-reality-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/rfp-competition-should-improve-chances-firstnet-vision-can-become-reality-public-safety#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Interoperability Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:08:00 +0000 47171 at http://urgentcomm.com Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning <div class="node-body blog-body">Congress discusses need to halt state practice of "raiding" 911 fees and using the money for other budgetary purposes. Threatening to withhold federal funds could stop this, but only if the federal government begins providing substantial 911 monies.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning#comments Funding Legislation Urgent Matters Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:49:00 +0000 46981 at http://urgentcomm.com ‘Bomb robot’ usage in Dallas underscores importance of mission-critical data, not just voice http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice <div class="node-body blog-body">Mission-critical voice is a fundamental tool for public safety, but data often has been considered somewhat less vital to first-responder operations. But the use of remote-controlled "bomb robot" in Dallas to deliver lethal force to the suspected gunman should cause many to reconsider any perceptions about the need for mission-critical data connectivity during times of crisis.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice#comments Long-Term Evolution In-Building Coverage & Interference Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security System Design Urgent Matters Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:19:00 +0000 46941 at http://urgentcomm.com Coordinating cybersecurity efforts between 911 and FirstNet promises to be critical for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Cybersecurity promises to be a major challenge for public safety as it migrates to IP-based FirstNet and next-generation 911 technologies. Given the constant future need to transport sensitive information between the two networks on constant basis, developing a coordinated cybersecurity strategy for 911, FirstNet and the important interface between the systems is critical.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety#comments Dispatch Cybersecurity NG-911 Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Coordination Security Urgent Matters Thu, 07 Jul 2016 21:23:00 +0000 46851 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet must balance transparency, security goals during upcoming talks with state, public-safety officials http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet officials have promised considerable outreach to states and public safety as deployment plans for each state and territory are finalized and distributed. But balancing the desire for transparency and the need for security during these processes could prove challenging.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off#comments Cybersecurity Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:21:00 +0000 46791 at http://urgentcomm.com Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface <div class="node-body blog-body">After years of asking FirstNet officials whether it will build a nationwide public-safety network, federal lawmakers last week asked whether the FIrstNet system would compete with existing commercial telecom providers. Yes, it will—just as Congress ordered when it established FirstNet more than four years ago.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface#comments Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:14:00 +0000 46661 at http://urgentcomm.com