View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en 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 Go for the Gold: Integrated text-to-911 for PSAPs http://urgentcomm.com/blog/go-gold-integrated-text-911-psaps <div class="node-body blog-body">Integrated text-to-911 technology makes it easier for call-takers in even more public-safety answering points (PSAPs) to manage SMS text-to-911 messages by simplifying the process of text-to-911 call delivery.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/go-gold-integrated-text-911-psaps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/go-gold-integrated-text-911-psaps#comments Dispatch NG-911 PSAP System Design APCO NENA Intrado View from the Top Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:19:00 +0000 46381 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet is coming. Are you prepared? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-coming-are-you-prepared <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet is inching its way toward creating a nationwide wireless broadband network that will vastly improve the delivery of public safety services to 320 million people. With numerous trials underway, many of the public-safety officials we’ve spoken with are anxious to get started, but they’re just not sure where to begin.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-coming-are-you-prepared" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-coming-are-you-prepared#comments Long-Term Evolution Incident Command/Situational Awareness Applications Cybersecurity Interoperability Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet NetMotion View from the Top Mon, 16 May 2016 18:48:00 +0000 45791 at http://urgentcomm.com What’s up with WhatsApp for emergency communications? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-s-whatsapp-emergency-communications <div class="node-body blog-body">When terror struck Brussels last month, one thing that quickly became evident was how much more needs to be done to ensure effective and efficient communications for first responders worldwide.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-s-whatsapp-emergency-communications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-s-whatsapp-emergency-communications#comments Incident Command/Situational Awareness Applications Federal Government/Military Interoperability Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government DHS NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 07 Apr 2016 18:51:00 +0000 44521 at http://urgentcomm.com Yosemite National Park P25 installation shows simulcast BER test methodology can save time, money http://urgentcomm.com/blog/yosemite-national-park-p25-installation-shows-simulcast-ber-test-methodology-can-save-time-mone <div class="node-body blog-body">Learn how Yosemite National Park leveraged bit-error-rate (BER) testing to ensure optimal site selection for its P25 network while saving time and money.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/yosemite-national-park-p25-installation-shows-simulcast-ber-test-methodology-can-save-time-mone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/yosemite-national-park-p25-installation-shows-simulcast-ber-test-methodology-can-save-time-mone#comments Land-Mobile Radio Coverage & Interference Enterprise Federal Government/Military Network Management Software P25 System Design System Operation View from the Top Thu, 03 Mar 2016 21:06:00 +0000 43501 at http://urgentcomm.com Public-safety wearables are catching the technological-innovation wave http://urgentcomm.com/blog/public-safety-wearables-are-catching-technological-innovation-wave <div class="node-body blog-body">Innovation in the public-safety wearables space is happening at an unprecedented pace, thanks largely to the fact that key software, hardware, tools and platforms are easily and inexpensively available.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/public-safety-wearables-are-catching-technological-innovation-wave" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/public-safety-wearables-are-catching-technological-innovation-wave#comments Incident Command/Situational Awareness Subscriber Devices Public Safety System Design Tracking, Monitoring & Control View from the Top Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:32:00 +0000 42631 at http://urgentcomm.com Technology enables agile storm response by utilities http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-enables-agile-storm-response-utilities <div class="node-body blog-body">The weather forecast calls for events that will cause more potential outages, and this poses significant challenges to even the best-prepared utilities. But the good news is utilities can win the battle, especially if they properly use mobile technologies to prepare for storms and execute the appropriate response as quickly as possible. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-enables-agile-storm-response-utilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-enables-agile-storm-response-utilities#comments Utility View from the Top Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:38:00 +0000 41011 at http://urgentcomm.com