View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en FirstNet is delivering more than we imagined http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-delivering-more-we-imagined <div class="node-body blog-body">When Congress established FirstNet in 2012, many officials were worried that it charged with executing a big task with too few resources for a government agency to deliver. However, it now appears that FirstNet is delivering more than most imagined was possible.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-delivering-more-we-imagined" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-delivering-more-we-imagined#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Interoperability Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:08:00 +0000 52071 at http://urgentcomm.com Industry Spotlight on Tony Gray, chief executive at the TCCA http://urgentcomm.com/blog/industry-spotlight-tony-gray-chief-executive-tcca <div class="node-body blog-body">TCCA CEO Tony Gray discusses the future roles of broadband and LMR technologies within the critical-communications industry during this question-and-answer preview of the Critical Communications MENA show, which will be conducted on Sept. 25-26 in Dubai.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/industry-spotlight-tony-gray-chief-executive-tcca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/industry-spotlight-tony-gray-chief-executive-tcca#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet TETRA TETRA + CCA View from the Top Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:19:00 +0000 52021 at http://urgentcomm.com Q&A with Alex Richardson of IHS Markit about control-room, public-safety trends http://urgentcomm.com/blog/qa-alex-richardson-ihs-markit-about-control-room-public-safety-trends <div class="node-body blog-body">Alex Richardson, author of IHS Markit's 2017 Command &amp; Control Rooms Report, provides background on several key trends in the critical-communications industry, including control-room consolidation, leverging cloud solutions, shifts to IP-based broadband technologies, and greater sharing of data, video and resources throughout the industry.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/qa-alex-richardson-ihs-markit-about-control-room-public-safety-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/qa-alex-richardson-ihs-markit-about-control-room-public-safety-trends#comments Dispatch NG-911 Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Motorola Solutions View from the Top Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:04:00 +0000 51681 at http://urgentcomm.com What to expect at APCO 2017 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-expect-apco-2017 <div class="node-body blog-body">This year's APCO conference marks a turning point, as attendees arrive for the first time with FirstNet as an operational network in parts of the U.S. Here is one analyst's take on what we are likely to see—and not see—at APCO 2017.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-expect-apco-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-expect-apco-2017#comments Long-Term Evolution Subscriber Devices Applications Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government APCO NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:35:00 +0000 51491 at http://urgentcomm.com The power of visualization technology for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/power-visualization-technology-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Humans process visual communications significantly faster than text. In a public-safety environment, where seconds of reaction time are critical, leveraging visual communications effectively promises to have a huge impact on first responders and the citizens they protect.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/power-visualization-technology-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/power-visualization-technology-public-safety#comments Incident Command/Situational Awareness Asset-Tracking CAD Personnel Tracking Public Safety View from the Top Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:51:00 +0000 51371 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet opportunities—and challenges http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-opportunities-and-challenges <div class="node-body blog-body">As states and territories make their "opt-in/opt-out" decisions regarding FirstNet, here are three key areas that should be considered.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-opportunities-and-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-opportunities-and-challenges#comments Long-Term Evolution Incident Command/Situational Awareness Personnel Tracking Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:17:00 +0000 51211 at http://urgentcomm.com The State of 911: Planning for the future with nationwide data http://urgentcomm.com/blog/state-911-planning-future-nationwide-data <div class="node-body blog-body">How local, regional and state 911 leaders use nationwide data to improve emergency communications for the public. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/state-911-planning-future-nationwide-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/state-911-planning-future-nationwide-data#comments Dispatch Funding NG-911 Policy Public Safety NENA View from the Top Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:52:00 +0000 50651 at http://urgentcomm.com 911 telecommunicator training takes center stage in many states http://urgentcomm.com/blog/911-telecommunicator-training-takes-center-stage-many-states <div class="node-body blog-body">The effort to enhance 911 telecommunicator training to ensure a more consistent standard of care is gaining momentum.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/911-telecommunicator-training-takes-center-stage-many-states" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/911-telecommunicator-training-takes-center-stage-many-states#comments APCO/ANSI PSAP Telecommunicators View from the Top Thu, 11 May 2017 20:11:00 +0000 50451 at http://urgentcomm.com How first responders—and the public—count on wireless communications, even indoors http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-first-responders-and-public-count-wireless-communications-even-indoors <div class="node-body blog-body">It is not merely a convenience that cellular connectivity is available throughout a building; it literally can be the difference between life and death.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-first-responders-and-public-count-wireless-communications-even-indoors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-first-responders-and-public-count-wireless-communications-even-indoors#comments In-Building Coverage & Interference Policy Public Safety System Design View from the Top Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:30:00 +0000 50291 at http://urgentcomm.com 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