View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en 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 Modern portable radios can meet first responders' needs today and into the future http://urgentcomm.com/blog/modern-portable-radios-can-meet-first-responders-needs-today-and-future <div class="node-body blog-body">First-responder technology is changing, and the tools used by police, fire, EMS, public works and others must keep pace. Right now, users need a rock-solid radio that works on today's systems and can be upgraded in the future as public-safety communications continue to evolve.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/modern-portable-radios-can-meet-first-responders-needs-today-and-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/modern-portable-radios-can-meet-first-responders-needs-today-and-future#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Software Interoperability P25 Portables System Design Harris View from the Top Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:26:00 +0000 40741 at http://urgentcomm.com Speech recognition improves important reporting processes for public-safety services http://urgentcomm.com/blog/speech-recognition-improves-important-reporting-processes-public-safety-services <div class="node-body blog-body">By utilizing speech-recognition software, public-safety officers find that they can spend more protecting citizens and less time on paperwork.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/speech-recognition-improves-important-reporting-processes-public-safety-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/speech-recognition-improves-important-reporting-processes-public-safety-services#comments Incident Command/Situational Awareness Applications Field Reporting Public Safety View from the Top Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:07:00 +0000 40011 at http://urgentcomm.com Developing response protocols for emergency situations critical to facilities managers, first responders http://urgentcomm.com/blog/developing-response-protocols-emergency-situations-critical-facilities-managers-first-responder <div class="node-body blog-body">During the last year, the security industry has seen a greater emphasis placed on combining high-functioning security systems with mechanisms that ultimately will serve to reduce law-enforcement response times and equip first responders with valuable information. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/developing-response-protocols-emergency-situations-critical-facilities-managers-first-responder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/developing-response-protocols-emergency-situations-critical-facilities-managers-first-responder#comments Alerting Systems Critical Infrastructure Enterprise Interoperability Public Safety Security View from the Top Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:29:00 +0000 39631 at http://urgentcomm.com Wireless backhaul can help support the next generation of public-safety technology http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-backhaul-can-help-support-next-generation-public-safety-technology <div class="node-body blog-body">Whether the purpose is to provide additional bandwidth capacity or redundant connectivity to a cell site, wireless backhaul solutions can be used to help public-safety agencies realize their requirements for reliable high-speed data throughput to support applications such as next-generation 911.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-backhaul-can-help-support-next-generation-public-safety-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-backhaul-can-help-support-next-generation-public-safety-technology#comments Backhaul View from the Top Tue, 27 Oct 2015 04:48:00 +0000 38991 at http://urgentcomm.com Sanders is wrong—Clinton’s cybersecurity blunder is a 'real issue facing America' http://urgentcomm.com/blog/sanders-wrong-clinton-s-cybersecurity-blunder-real-issue-facing-america <div class="node-body blog-body">It may be true that Americans are fatigued by the “gotcha” politics surrounding the Hillary Clinton e-mail server debate, but what should not be overlooked is that the issue has everything to do with one of the most important issues of our time—defending the nation from cyber attacks. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/sanders-wrong-clinton-s-cybersecurity-blunder-real-issue-facing-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/sanders-wrong-clinton-s-cybersecurity-blunder-real-issue-facing-america#comments Cybersecurity Policy View from the Top Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:41:00 +0000 38961 at http://urgentcomm.com Modern public-safety networks can support more than first responders http://urgentcomm.com/blog/modern-public-safety-networks-can-support-more-first-responders <div class="node-body blog-body">Modern communications networks are making it possible for public-safety networks to more effectively support their traditional mission-critical requirements, while at the same time transforming government communications—whether it is municipal, statewide or regional—to support a range of additional public services.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/modern-public-safety-networks-can-support-more-first-responders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/modern-public-safety-networks-can-support-more-first-responders#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Public Safety State & Local Government System Design View from the Top Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:11:00 +0000 38621 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet is sending out an invite (RFP). Will anyone come? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-sending-out-invite-rfp-will-anyone-come <div class="node-body blog-body">By Andrew Seybold. FirstNet's final request for proposal (RFP) needs to structured to be friendly to commercial partner(s), because this public-safety broadband network is not a traditional federal acquisition. If FirstNet releases a request for proposal (RFP) that follows the draft RFP template, it is running a high risk of not being able to meet the mandate established by Congress.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-sending-out-invite-rfp-will-anyone-come" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-sending-out-invite-rfp-will-anyone-come#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:40:00 +0000 38591 at http://urgentcomm.com Preventing a devastating, OPM-like hack of FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/blog/preventing-devastating-opm-hack-firstnet <div class="node-body blog-body">By Patrick Flynn. FirstNet is poised to be a game changer in the public-safety communities, but we can’t lose sight of the importance of applying the appropriate security architecture to the overall network design. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/preventing-devastating-opm-hack-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/preventing-devastating-opm-hack-firstnet#comments Cybersecurity Data Network Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:16:00 +0000 38511 at http://urgentcomm.com Chattanooga shootings exhibit the need for in-building wireless, text-to-911 services http://urgentcomm.com/blog/chattanooga-shootings-exhibit-need-building-wireless-text-911-services <div class="node-body blog-body">Following the recent tragic shootings in Chattanooga, officials at the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC) began discussing the significance of the final text message sent by Lance Cpl. Squire Wells. His two-word warning to his girlfriend illustrates how much we have come to rely on our smartphones in an emergency.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/chattanooga-shootings-exhibit-need-building-wireless-text-911-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/chattanooga-shootings-exhibit-need-building-wireless-text-911-services#comments In-Building Incident Command/Situational Awareness Citizen Engagement NG-911 PSAP View from the Top Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:54:00 +0000 38491 at http://urgentcomm.com How to guarantee mission-critical multimedia for public-safety networks http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-guarantee-mission-critical-multimedia-public-safety-networks <div class="node-body blog-body">First responders will benefit from the situational awareness provided by real-time video and other multimedia applications, but it is important that public-safety agencies ensure that they design their networks properly to ensure that their networks have the appropriate capacity and reliability to be used in a mission-critical environment.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-guarantee-mission-critical-multimedia-public-safety-networks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-guarantee-mission-critical-multimedia-public-safety-networks#comments Land-Mobile Radio Incident Command/Situational Awareness Applications Microwave P25 Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design View from the Top Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:39:00 +0000 38261 at http://urgentcomm.com