View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en With FirstNet a reality, it’s time to turn our attention to securing the public safety network http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-reality-it-s-time-turn-our-attention-securing-public-safety-network <div class="node-body blog-body">Unfortunately, security often is viewed as either a negative or a value-neutral for IT projects. With FirstNet, we have a great opportunity to debunk that myth and establish security as an enabler of the network, helping provide all sorts of innovative features for first responders and other beneficiaries of the network.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-reality-it-s-time-turn-our-attention-securing-public-safety-network" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-reality-it-s-time-turn-our-attention-securing-public-safety-network#comments Cybersecurity Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:51:00 +0000 50221 at http://urgentcomm.com SMS/MMS text messaging can help local governments and public-safety agencies connect to the public http://urgentcomm.com/blog/smsmms-text-messaging-can-help-local-governments-and-public-safety-agencies-connect-public <div class="node-body blog-body">Communicating with residents is a priority for state and local governments and public-safety agencies at any time, but it is especially important during times of emergency. SMS/MMS messaging systems can help provide alerts during such critical moments, as well as improve information exchanges with the public on a day-to-day basis.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/smsmms-text-messaging-can-help-local-governments-and-public-safety-agencies-connect-public" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/smsmms-text-messaging-can-help-local-governments-and-public-safety-agencies-connect-public#comments Incident Command/Situational Awareness Citizen Engagement Disaster Response Public FCC View from the Top Sun, 16 Apr 2017 22:56:00 +0000 50211 at http://urgentcomm.com Former board member Paul Fitzgerald on FirstNet-AT&T deal: 'I like what I see and hear' http://urgentcomm.com/blog/former-board-member-paul-fitzgerald-firstnet-att-deal-i-what-i-see-and-hear <div class="node-body blog-body">Paul Fitzgerald—the longtime sheriff of Story County, Iowa, and an outspoken member of the original FirstNet board in 2012—expresses support for the 25-year public-safety broadband agreement between FirstNet and AT&T.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/former-board-member-paul-fitzgerald-firstnet-att-deal-i-what-i-see-and-hear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/former-board-member-paul-fitzgerald-firstnet-att-deal-i-what-i-see-and-hear#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:44:00 +0000 50191 at http://urgentcomm.com 911 telecommunicators deserve the spotlight all year long http://urgentcomm.com/blog/911-telecommunicators-deserve-spotlight-all-year-long <div class="node-body blog-body">This week, we celebrate National Telecommunicators Week. Given what 911 personnel bring to the emergency-response process every day, even greater recognition would be appropriate.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/911-telecommunicators-deserve-spotlight-all-year-long" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/911-telecommunicators-deserve-spotlight-all-year-long#comments Dispatch NG-911 Policy Public Safety State & Local Government View from the Top Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:47:00 +0000 50181 at http://urgentcomm.com Maximizing the potential of the NPSBN and NG911 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/maximizing-potential-npsbn-and-ng911 <div class="node-body blog-body">Both the next-generation 911 (NG911) and the nationwide public-safety broadband networks (NPSBN) promise to be game-changing public-safety communications networks. They will be even better, if they are integrated properly. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/maximizing-potential-npsbn-and-ng911" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/maximizing-potential-npsbn-and-ng911#comments Cybersecurity Funding Interoperability NG-911 Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design View from the Top Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:45:00 +0000 49541 at http://urgentcomm.com 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