View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en Congress needs to step up and champion next-generation 911 (NG911) http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-step-and-champion-next-generation-911-ng911 <div class="node-body blog-body">Next-generation 911 (NG911) needs to be implemented soon, particularly as the nationwide broadband network for first responders is deployed. To make that happen, Congress likely will have take action to provide funding, as lawmakers did with the establishment of FirstNet five years ago.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-step-and-champion-next-generation-911-ng911" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-step-and-champion-next-generation-911-ng911#comments Cybersecurity Funding Legislation NG-911 Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet FCC NENA View from the Top Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:21:00 +0000 48621 at http://urgentcomm.com The evidence is clear: Body-worn cameras should be on the radar screen of every law-enforcement agency http://urgentcomm.com/blog/evidence-clear-body-worn-cameras-should-be-radar-screen-every-law-enforcement-agency <div class="node-body blog-body">It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words; if so, then video is worth tens of thousands words. Despite this, deploying body-worn cameras on officer is not a simple decision.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/evidence-clear-body-worn-cameras-should-be-radar-screen-every-law-enforcement-agency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/evidence-clear-body-worn-cameras-should-be-radar-screen-every-law-enforcement-agency#comments Policy Public Safety Training Video Surveillance Video View from the Top Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:05:00 +0000 48511 at http://urgentcomm.com How smartphone alerts can increase Americans’ safety abroad during times of uncertainty http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-smartphone-alerts-can-increase-americans-safety-abroad-during-times-uncertainty <div class="node-body blog-body">Despite efforts to improve the ability of the U.S. government to be able to communicate with Americans traveling abroad, the chances of success are haphazard, at best—a situation that could result in the unnecessary loss of American lives. Technology offers a way to increase significantly the chance for the U.S. government to provide important emergency information to these Americans on foreign soil.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-smartphone-alerts-can-increase-americans-safety-abroad-during-times-uncertainty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-smartphone-alerts-can-increase-americans-safety-abroad-during-times-uncertainty#comments Incident Command/Situational Awareness Federal Government/Military Policy Public Security View from the Top Thu, 10 Nov 2016 21:50:00 +0000 48481 at http://urgentcomm.com Morgan O'Brien reflects on dismissed bid for nationwide FirstNet contract, potential for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/morgan-obrien-reflects-dismissed-bid-nationwide-firstnet-contract-potential-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Morgan O'Brien, the co-founder of Nextel Communications who proposed the notion of a nationwide public-safety broadband network a decade ago, explains the processes involved in the development of a proposal by Code3 Broadband—a consortium led by pdvWireless, of which O'Brien is vice chairman—for FirstNet that was removed from consideration two weeks ago.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/morgan-obrien-reflects-dismissed-bid-nationwide-firstnet-contract-potential-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/morgan-obrien-reflects-dismissed-bid-nationwide-firstnet-contract-potential-public-safety#comments Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:01:00 +0000 48371 at http://urgentcomm.com How should states prepare for FirstNet opt-out decision? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-should-states-prepare-firstnet-opt-out-decision <div class="node-body blog-body">Most states have not taken any formal actions to prepare for the FirstNet opt-out decisions that their governors are expected to make next year. There is a lot to consider, and approaches can vary dramatically—a fact that is evident in the three state requests for proposals (RFPs) that have been released to date.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-should-states-prepare-firstnet-opt-out-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-should-states-prepare-firstnet-opt-out-decision#comments Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:05:00 +0000 48081 at http://urgentcomm.com First responders need access to life-saving, 3D location technology http://urgentcomm.com/blog/first-responders-need-access-life-saving-3d-location-technology <div class="node-body blog-body">For public safety, the location of an incident and where its personnel resources are during a response are critical pieces of information. With this in mind, it is crucial that such data—including vertical-location information, with floor-level granularity—is made available to first-response agencies. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/first-responders-need-access-life-saving-3d-location-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/first-responders-need-access-life-saving-3d-location-technology#comments In-Building Incident Command/Situational Awareness Coverage & Interference Personnel Monitoring Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Operation FCC NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:22:00 +0000 48011 at http://urgentcomm.com From festivals to football, emergency preplanning for assembly events is critical http://urgentcomm.com/blog/festivals-football-emergency-preplanning-assembly-events-critical <div class="node-body blog-body">Bad things can happen when large gatherings of people occur, particularly in today's era of terrorist attacks. By planning for emergencies long before such an event, public safety can be equipped to respond to an incident as quickly and efficiently as possible.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/festivals-football-emergency-preplanning-assembly-events-critical" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/festivals-football-emergency-preplanning-assembly-events-critical#comments Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:14:00 +0000 47931 at http://urgentcomm.com Reliable high-speed backhaul vital for delivering mission-critical HD multimedia services to first responders http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reliable-high-speed-backhaul-vital-delivering-mission-critical-hd-multimedia-services-first-res <div class="node-body blog-body">Technology exists to support systems that can deliver high-definition video to first responders in real time—a potentially very valuable application to public safety. But planning for such systems needs to include measures to ensure that the backhaul will be available when needed and has adequate capacity to deliver the low-latency experience that will be needed to help officials make critical decisions. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reliable-high-speed-backhaul-vital-delivering-mission-critical-hd-multimedia-services-first-res" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reliable-high-speed-backhaul-vital-delivering-mission-critical-hd-multimedia-services-first-res#comments Backhaul Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design Video View from the Top Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:49:00 +0000 47801 at http://urgentcomm.com Geospatial data exchange is needed now to improve efficiencies, save lives http://urgentcomm.com/blog/geospatial-data-exchange-needed-now-improve-efficiencies-save-lives <div class="node-body blog-body">It would allow critical information to be shared at a moment's notice, even across county lines—a capability that could be the difference between life and death, as in the case of Shanell Anderson. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/geospatial-data-exchange-needed-now-improve-efficiencies-save-lives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/geospatial-data-exchange-needed-now-improve-efficiencies-save-lives#comments CAD GIS/Mapping NG-911 Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:07:00 +0000 47781 at http://urgentcomm.com Police vests go broadband: How body-worn cameras affect mission critical infrastructure http://urgentcomm.com/blog/police-vests-go-broadband-how-body-worn-cameras-affect-mission-critical-infrastructure <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/police-vests-go-broadband-how-body-worn-cameras-affect-mission-critical-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/police-vests-go-broadband-how-body-worn-cameras-affect-mission-critical-infrastructure#comments Backhaul Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:00:00 +0000 47571 at http://urgentcomm.com Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the PSAP: Strategic planning for data integrity http://urgentcomm.com/blog/geographic-information-systems-gis-psap-strategic-planning-data-integrity <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/geographic-information-systems-gis-psap-strategic-planning-data-integrity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/geographic-information-systems-gis-psap-strategic-planning-data-integrity#comments Dispatch Dispatch GIS/Mapping NG-911 Policy Intrado View from the Top Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:38:00 +0000 47381 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet flying under the radar but ready to soar http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-flying-under-radar-ready-soar <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-flying-under-radar-ready-soar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-flying-under-radar-ready-soar#comments Cybersecurity Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:49:00 +0000 47311 at http://urgentcomm.com Here is a suggested process to help states make FirstNet opt-in/opt-out decision http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-suggested-process-help-states-make-firstnet-opt-inopt-out-decision <div class="node-body blog-body">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.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-suggested-process-help-states-make-firstnet-opt-inopt-out-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-suggested-process-help-states-make-firstnet-opt-inopt-out-decision#comments Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Fri, 05 Aug 2016 03:58:00 +0000 47081 at http://urgentcomm.com Taking a bite out of public-safety hazards, one byte at a time http://urgentcomm.com/blog/taking-bite-out-public-safety-hazards-one-byte-time <div class="node-body blog-body">The new possibilities that information and communications technology (ICT) innovations enable—particularly in the area of mobility—are tremendous. When they are applied to a service as indispensable as public safety, the net result is safer, healthier and more stable communities that provide a dramatically higher quality of life for all.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/taking-bite-out-public-safety-hazards-one-byte-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/taking-bite-out-public-safety-hazards-one-byte-time#comments Incident Command/Situational Awareness Subscriber Devices Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Operation Tracking, Monitoring & Control View from the Top Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:58:00 +0000 46511 at http://urgentcomm.com New telecommunicator-training guidelines mean a much brighter day has dawned for 911 http://urgentcomm.com/node/46411 <div class="node-body blog-body">After three years of consensus-building work, recommended minimum training guidelines for 911 telecommunicators have been established, which could provide a foundation for a future in which a baseline level of emergency-calling service can be achieved nationwide.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/node/46411" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/node/46411#comments Dispatch NG-911 Policy PSAP PSAP Telecommunicators NENA View from the Top Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:48:00 +0000 46411 at http://urgentcomm.com