View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en Expect the unexpected: PSAP planning for atypical events is challenging, but necessary http://urgentcomm.com/blog/expect-unexpected-psap-planning-atypical-events-challenging-necessary <div class="node-body blog-body">How can a public-safety answering point (PSAP) prepare for events that happen so infrequently they barely register on the radar screen or fall outside the scope of a PSAP’s normal responsibilities? It's a challenging task, but a failure to take such events into account could have disastrous consequences for the citizen in need, the PSAP and the public safety agency it serves.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/expect-unexpected-psap-planning-atypical-events-challenging-necessary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/expect-unexpected-psap-planning-atypical-events-challenging-necessary#comments Dispatch Policy PSAP View from the Top Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:51:00 +0000 34291 at http://urgentcomm.com Congressional hearing on FirstNet offers fresh insight into potential opportunities, challenges for commercial partners http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congressional-hearing-firstnet-offers-fresh-insight-potential-opportunities-challenges-commerci <div class="node-body blog-body">Carriers, vendors, owners of network infrastructure, and other entities that wish to partner with FirstNet should keep in mind some of the key opportunities and challenges about business opportunities with FirstNet that could be gleaned from this week's hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congressional-hearing-firstnet-offers-fresh-insight-potential-opportunities-challenges-commerci" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congressional-hearing-firstnet-offers-fresh-insight-potential-opportunities-challenges-commerci#comments Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Planning NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:54:00 +0000 33921 at http://urgentcomm.com How to make multi-agency collaboration a reality in a FirstNet world http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-make-multi-agency-collaboration-reality-firstnet-world <div class="node-body blog-body">A fundamental goal of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is to enable multimedia communication and collaboration between all first-responder agencies, which is a challenging task. The good news is that numerous advanced technologies are available today to help deliver on the promise of secure, seamless multi-agency collaboration.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-make-multi-agency-collaboration-reality-firstnet-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-make-multi-agency-collaboration-reality-firstnet-world#comments Critical Infrastructure Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Coordination System Design NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:42:00 +0000 33741 at http://urgentcomm.com FCC takes initial steps to unlock AWS-3 spectrum auction revenue for public-safety initiatives http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-takes-initial-steps-unlock-aws-3-spectrum-auction-revenue-public-safety-initiatives <div class="node-body blog-body">The AWS-3 auction’s record-breaking $41.3 billion in estimated net revenue is expected to cover all of the funding priorities outlined in the Spectrum Act, including funding for FirstNet, for research and development related to public safety wireless communications, and for the 911, E-911 and next-generation 911 implementation grant program.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-takes-initial-steps-unlock-aws-3-spectrum-auction-revenue-public-safety-initiatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-takes-initial-steps-unlock-aws-3-spectrum-auction-revenue-public-safety-initiatives#comments Funding NG-911 Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet FCC NIST/PSCR View from the Top Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:12:00 +0000 33601 at http://urgentcomm.com Critical infrastructure demanding more from communications technology http://urgentcomm.com/blog/critical-infrastructure-demanding-more-communications-technology <div class="node-body blog-body">Critical-infrastructure industries are emerging as the biggest adopters of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, connecting more people, devices and sensors in the field than ever before. As automation grows in both popularity and necessity, decision makers have an opportunity to select from a plethora of communication technologies available to the marketplace.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/critical-infrastructure-demanding-more-communications-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/critical-infrastructure-demanding-more-communications-technology#comments Machine-to-Machine View from the Top Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:41:00 +0000 33481 at http://urgentcomm.com Body-worn cameras for law enforcement: A really big deal and really, really Big Data http://urgentcomm.com/blog/body-worn-cameras-law-enforcement-really-big-deal-and-really-really-big-data <div class="node-body blog-body">Author Edmond Vea outlines some of the capabilities and technical challenges associated with use of body-worn cameras by law-enforcement officers, which has been the focus of considerable funding and political attention during the past year. Vea also introduces a survey to gather input from readers about body-worn cameras, the results of which he will unveil during IWCE 2015 in March.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/body-worn-cameras-law-enforcement-really-big-deal-and-really-really-big-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/body-worn-cameras-law-enforcement-really-big-deal-and-really-really-big-data#comments Dispatch NG-911 PSAP System Design FCC View from the Top Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:06:00 +0000 33201 at http://urgentcomm.com Why carrier-hosted P25 as a Service provides a roadmap for greater agency participation http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-carrier-hosted-p25-service-provides-roadmap-greater-agency-participation <div class="node-body blog-body">Public-safety agencies have been reluctant to adopt shared P25 service offerings due to undesirable governance policies, but carrier-hosted P25 as a Service solves that problem.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-carrier-hosted-p25-service-provides-roadmap-greater-agency-participation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-carrier-hosted-p25-service-provides-roadmap-greater-agency-participation#comments Interoperability P25 Policy Public Safety System Maintenance System Management Cassidian View from the Top Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:11:00 +0000 32981 at http://urgentcomm.com Taller deployable towers could provide a 'light at the end of the fiber' for disaster response http://urgentcomm.com/blog/taller-deployable-towers-could-provide-light-end-fiber-disaster-response <div class="node-body blog-body">Development of deployable towers that are taller than 500 feet would be very useful in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, where the entire local communications infrastructure is unavailable. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/taller-deployable-towers-could-provide-light-end-fiber-disaster-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/taller-deployable-towers-could-provide-light-end-fiber-disaster-response#comments Conventional Coverage & Interference Digital Disaster Response Disaster Response Interoperability P25 Spectrum/Frequency Coordination View from the Top Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:03:00 +0000 32651 at http://urgentcomm.com Wireless Spectrum Changes Bring New Opportunities in 2015 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-spectrum-changes-bring-new-opportunities-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Maybe it’s always about spectrum at the FCC, but not too often about spectrum for Business/Industrial and Land Transportation (B/ILT) entities. If B/ILT interests are want to improve their spectrum lot, we must do it on our own.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-spectrum-changes-bring-new-opportunities-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-spectrum-changes-bring-new-opportunities-2015#comments Commentary Newsletters Regulation EWA View from the Top Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:01:00 +0000 32471 at http://urgentcomm.com TRNI loses extraordinary leader with the passing of Dave Robison http://urgentcomm.com/blog/trni-loses-extraordinary-leader-passing-dave-robison <div class="node-body blog-body">Technology Resource Network, International (TRNI), formerly known as USMSS, lost the chairman of its board of directors on Friday, Dec. 5, when Dave Robison passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours at the age of 65.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/trni-loses-extraordinary-leader-passing-dave-robison" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/trni-loses-extraordinary-leader-passing-dave-robison#comments Governance Organizations View from the Top Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:46:00 +0000 32461 at http://urgentcomm.com There is an optimistic future for 911 wireless location accuracy http://urgentcomm.com/blog/there-optimistic-future-911-wireless-location-accuracy <div class="node-body blog-body">By George Rice, iCERT.By leveraging readily available technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, carriers can provide public-safety answering points (PSAPs) with better accuracy and dispatchable addresses that can be conveyed quickly to first responders when 911 emergency calls are made, even if the communication is initiated from a wireless device from inside a building.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/there-optimistic-future-911-wireless-location-accuracy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/there-optimistic-future-911-wireless-location-accuracy#comments In-Building Dispatch Legislation Local Area NG-911 Personnel Tracking PSAP APCO FCC NENA View from the Top Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:05:00 +0000 32061 at http://urgentcomm.com Beyond asset management: Critical real-time information improves public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Public-safety agencies have unique “human asset” management needs, because it encounters scenarios that are much more time-sensitive and life-critical than those in the enterprise sector. For example, knowing where and when a police officer leaves his patrol car and whether he took his assault rifle with him isn’t sufficient. Only by knowing what’s transpiring in real time can backup support be dispatched, even if an officer is prevented from calling in on his voice radio.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety#comments Dispatch First Responders GPS Law Enforcement Local Area Personnel Monitoring Personnel Tracking PSAP Wide Area View from the Top Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:22:00 +0000 31951 at http://urgentcomm.com Ensuring reliable first-responder communications inside buildings critical to public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Many emergencies occur inside structures, so first-responder communications require in-building coverage that is complete, reliable and flexible enough to support myriad technologies. All-digital DAS solutions may be the answer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety#comments Coverage & Interference DAS Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:39:00 +0000 31551 at http://urgentcomm.com NATE announces new Public Safety Agency membership category http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category <div class="node-body blog-body">The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), a non-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry, announces a new membership category designed to serve industry members in the government and public-safety arenas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category#comments NATE View from the Top Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:14:00 +0000 31501 at http://urgentcomm.com Partnerships are much more than contracts—an important distinction for FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet <div class="node-body blog-body">By Andrew M. Seybold. Partnerships are vital to FirstNet. Given this, FirstNet must have the ability to seek out and discuss potential partnership agreements, without having to resort to RFI/RFP rigid rules and regulations that hamper all those who work in the federal environment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet#comments Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:42:00 +0000 31371 at http://urgentcomm.com