View from the Top Forward-looking perspectives from top leaders, regarding where our industry is today and, more importantly, where it is heading. en How should states prepare for 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:05:00 +0000 48081 at First responders need access to 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 From festivals to football, emergency preplanning for assembly events is 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:14:00 +0000 47931 at Reliable high-speed backhaul vital for delivering mission-critical HD multimedia services to first responders <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Backhaul Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design Video View from the Top Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:49:00 +0000 47801 at Geospatial data exchange is needed now to 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> CAD GIS/Mapping NG-911 Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:07:00 +0000 47781 at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Backhaul Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:00:00 +0000 47571 at Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the PSAP: Strategic planning for data integrity <div class="node-body blog-body">Users at the PSAP must have up-to-date, reliable GIS data to ensure accurate location information is available for dispatch, because it can help save lives. To optimize GIS, there must be a viable-yet-flexible relationship between the GIS data, the GIS software, and the people accessing or using these resources.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dispatch Dispatch GIS/Mapping NG-911 Policy Intrado View from the Top Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:38:00 +0000 47381 at FirstNet flying under the radar but ready to soar <div class="node-body blog-body">While most August headlines are focused on the political arena during this election year, let’s not forget that an important public-safety initiative is quietly moving forward. This week, FirstNet will get another important staff member: Bill Schrier, chief technology officer of the Seattle police department.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cybersecurity Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:49:00 +0000 47311 at Here is a suggested process to help states make FirstNet opt-in/opt-out decision <div class="node-body blog-body">Many state officials have been talking about the opt-out option for years, but how would the decision-making and logistics work? Consultant Dominick Arcuri provides a detailed outline of the steps involved for a state pursuing the opt-out alternative.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Fri, 05 Aug 2016 03:58:00 +0000 47081 at Taking a bite out of public-safety hazards, one byte at a time <div class="node-body blog-body">The new possibilities that information and communications technology (ICT) innovations enable—particularly in the area of mobility—are tremendous. When they are applied to a service as indispensable as public safety, the net result is safer, healthier and more stable communities that provide a dramatically higher quality of life for all.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Incident Command/Situational Awareness Subscriber Devices Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Operation Tracking, Monitoring & Control View from the Top Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:58:00 +0000 46511 at