View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en Let’s not just change 911—let’s revolutionize it http://urgentcomm.com/blog/let-s-not-just-change-911-let-s-revolutionize-it <div class="node-body blog-body">Disruptive innovation isn’t easy and can be a little scary—but when it occurs, it’s a beautiful thing to witness.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/let-s-not-just-change-911-let-s-revolutionize-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/let-s-not-just-change-911-let-s-revolutionize-it#comments Dispatch Incident Command/Situational Awareness NG-911 Public Safety System Operation APCO NENA View from the Top Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:55:00 +0000 53611 at http://urgentcomm.com Some advice for new Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWICs) http://urgentcomm.com/blog/some-advice-new-statewide-interoperability-coordinators-swics <div class="node-body blog-body">Becoming a successful Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) starts with defining success, developing a plan for success, and building a network to achieve success.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/some-advice-new-statewide-interoperability-coordinators-swics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/some-advice-new-statewide-interoperability-coordinators-swics#comments Interoperability Policy Public Safety Regional Coordination State & Local Government View from the Top Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:10:00 +0000 53341 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet’s availability should ‘raise all boats,’ drive public-safety innovation, competition http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-availability-should-raise-all-boats-drive-public-safety-innovation-competition <div class="node-body blog-body">If the goal is truly to provide the best communications networks and products for public safety, the focus should be on building the best solutions.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-availability-should-raise-all-boats-drive-public-safety-innovation-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-availability-should-raise-all-boats-drive-public-safety-innovation-competition#comments Long-Term Evolution Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:10:00 +0000 53231 at http://urgentcomm.com Mobile analytics can help public safety optimize its FirstNet usage http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mobile-analytics-can-help-public-safety-optimize-its-firstnet-usage <div class="node-body blog-body">Mobile analytics have emerged as a better way to access a true picture of how first responders, mobile devices and applications are using bandwidth, allowing agencies to make smarter mobile deployment decisions.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mobile-analytics-can-help-public-safety-optimize-its-firstnet-usage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mobile-analytics-can-help-public-safety-optimize-its-firstnet-usage#comments Analytics Applications Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Tracking, Monitoring & Control NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:12:00 +0000 53161 at http://urgentcomm.com Why drones will take the spotlight in emergency response http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-drones-will-take-spotlight-emergency-response <div class="node-body blog-body">Drones already are being used to survey damaged areas, and it's just a matter of time before they are used as actual rescue vehicles that can deliver much-needed supplies to people in hard-to-reach locations.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-drones-will-take-spotlight-emergency-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-drones-will-take-spotlight-emergency-response#comments Federal Government/Military Policy Public Safety State & Local Government Tracking, Monitoring & Control Wireless Networks View from the Top Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:15:00 +0000 52921 at http://urgentcomm.com Single core, singular priority: FirstNet policy helps protect public-safety communications http://urgentcomm.com/blog/single-core-singular-priority-firstnet-policy-helps-protect-public-safety-communications <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet legislation took direct aim at unsuccessful past attempts at interoperability by mandating that the public-safety network be built to open, commercially available standards. A single FirstNet core ensures interoperability among the network-based applications that first responders will use to share voice, video and data.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/single-core-singular-priority-firstnet-policy-helps-protect-public-safety-communications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/single-core-singular-priority-firstnet-policy-helps-protect-public-safety-communications#comments Long-Term Evolution Cybersecurity Interoperability Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:39:00 +0000 52811 at http://urgentcomm.com Industry Spotlight on Selim Bouri, Airbus vice president and head of MENA and APAC http://urgentcomm.com/blog/industry-spotlight-selim-bouri-airbus-vice-president-and-head-mena-and-apac <div class="node-body blog-body">Selim Bouri, Airbus vice president and head of MENA (Middle East North Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific), discusses technological changes in the public-safety-communications industry. Bouri notes the importance of a "hybrid" network model—integrating LTE and LMR technologies—in 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-selim-bouri-airbus-vice-president-and-head-mena-and-apac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/industry-spotlight-selim-bouri-airbus-vice-president-and-head-mena-and-apac#comments Interoperability View from the Top Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:20:00 +0000 52121 at http://urgentcomm.com 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