View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed Forward-looking perspectives from top leaders, regarding where our industry is today and, more importantly, where it is heading. en Beyond asset management: Critical real-time information improves public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Public-safety agencies have unique “human asset” management needs, because it encounters scenarios that are much more time-sensitive and life-critical than those in the enterprise sector. For example, knowing where and when a police officer leaves his patrol car and whether he took his assault rifle with him isn’t sufficient. Only by knowing what’s transpiring in real time can backup support be dispatched, even if an officer is prevented from calling in on his voice radio.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety#comments Dispatch First Responders GPS Law Enforcement Local Area Personnel Monitoring Personnel Tracking PSAP Wide Area View from the Top Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:22:00 +0000 31951 at http://urgentcomm.com Ensuring reliable first-responder communications inside buildings critical to public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Many emergencies occur inside structures, so first-responder communications require in-building coverage that is complete, reliable and flexible enough to support myriad technologies. All-digital DAS solutions may be the answer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety#comments Coverage & Interference DAS Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:39:00 +0000 31551 at http://urgentcomm.com NATE announces new Public Safety Agency membership category http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category <div class="node-body blog-body">The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), a non-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry, announces a new membership category designed to serve industry members in the government and public-safety arenas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category#comments NATE View from the Top Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:14:00 +0000 31501 at http://urgentcomm.com Partnerships are much more than contracts—an important distinction for FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet <div class="node-body blog-body">By Andrew M. Seybold. Partnerships are vital to FirstNet. Given this, FirstNet must have the ability to seek out and discuss potential partnership agreements, without having to resort to RFI/RFP rigid rules and regulations that hamper all those who work in the federal environment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet#comments Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:42:00 +0000 31371 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet is not a master of its own fate http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-not-master-its-own-fate <div class="node-body blog-body">Overreaction by some within the federal government to allegations made by former FirstNet board member Paul Fitzgerald have cost the organization valuable time in its quest to design and build a nationwide broadband network for public safety.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-not-master-its-own-fate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-not-master-its-own-fate#comments Legislation Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regulation NIST/PSCR NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:32:00 +0000 30991 at http://urgentcomm.com Ideas for managing the growth and complexity of public-safety LTE networks http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ideas-managing-growth-and-complexity-public-safety-lte-networks <div class="node-body blog-body">Newfield Wireless CEO Marc Bensadoun explores the challenges facing FirstNet and carriers wanting to provide broadband mobile data services over LTE to public-safety users that require higher levels of coverage and reliability than commercial systems traditionally have provided.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ideas-managing-growth-and-complexity-public-safety-lte-networks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ideas-managing-growth-and-complexity-public-safety-lte-networks#comments Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design System Management Test and Measurement View from the Top Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:54:00 +0000 30931 at http://urgentcomm.com Unfinished Business http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unfinished-business <div class="node-body blog-body">There are some very critical spectrum and regulatory developments today that deserve front-page coverage in wireless news reports. These stories include how best to implement net neutrality, how and when incentive auctions are to be conducted in portions of the broadcast spectrum, FirstNet’s efforts to commence a national broadband network dedicated to mission critical requirements, the FCC expanding its mission to include cyber security, and, how best to provide commercial access to Federal Government bands, to name just a few. Lest we forget, however, as we approach the end of 2014, there are a host of other regulatory and spectrum matters that are nevertheless critical to private land mobile interests.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unfinished-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unfinished-business#comments Commentary Newsletters T-Band EWA View from the Top Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:41:00 +0000 30891 at http://urgentcomm.com How participation in the National 911 Profile Database matters to PSAPs nationwide http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-participation-national-911-profile-database-matters-psaps-nationwide <div class="node-body blog-body">By submitting information to the National 911 Profile Database today, states can help 911 officials and public-safety answering point (PSAP) directors identify helpful operational trends and "make the case" to elected leaders at all levels for funding to pursue initiatives such as next-generation 911, according to Harriet Miller-Brown, president of the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA).</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-participation-national-911-profile-database-matters-psaps-nationwide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-participation-national-911-profile-database-matters-psaps-nationwide#comments Dispatch Funding Legislation NG-911 Regulation View from the Top Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:26:00 +0000 30781 at http://urgentcomm.com Land mobile radio: Why moving to IT makes sense http://urgentcomm.com/blog/land-mobile-radio-why-moving-it-makes-sense <div class="node-body blog-body">By leveraging the combined technical expertise and practices of its IT department and traditional LMR radio personnel, the city of Richardson, Texas, was able to install an open-source P25 system for public safety and realize considerable cost savings, according to Richardson CIO Steve Graves.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/land-mobile-radio-why-moving-it-makes-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/land-mobile-radio-why-moving-it-makes-sense#comments Land-Mobile Radio Network Operations & Maintenance P25 Public Safety Smart Cities System Maintenance View from the Top Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:33:00 +0000 30501 at http://urgentcomm.com Tips for hiring and training radio technicians http://urgentcomm.com/blog/tips-hiring-and-training-radio-technicians <div class="node-body blog-body">Throughout the industry, there is a shortage of good radio technicians, but dealers can close this gap by following best practices for hiring and training employees.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/tips-hiring-and-training-radio-technicians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/tips-hiring-and-training-radio-technicians#comments Land-Mobile Radio ETA Network Operations & Maintenance Test and Measurement View from the Top Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:27:00 +0000 29531 at http://urgentcomm.com