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The State of 911: Planning for the future with nationwide data

How local, regional and state 911 leaders use nationwide data to improve emergency communications for the public....More

911 telecommunicator training takes center stage in many states

The effort to enhance 911 telecommunicator training to ensure a more consistent standard of care is gaining momentum....More

How first responders—and the public—count on wireless communications, even indoors

It is not merely a convenience that cellular connectivity is available throughout a building; it literally can be the difference between life and....More

With FirstNet a reality, it’s time to turn our attention to securing the public safety network1

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....More

SMS/MMS text messaging can help local governments and public-safety agencies connect to the public1

Communicating with residents is a priority for state and local governments and public-safety agencies at any time, but it is especially important....More

Former board member Paul Fitzgerald on FirstNet-AT&T deal: 'I like what I see and hear'

Paul Fitzgerald—the longtime sheriff of Story County, Iowa, and an outspoken member of the original FirstNet board in 2012—expresses support for the....More

911 telecommunicators deserve the spotlight all year long

This week, we celebrate National Telecommunicators Week. Given what 911 personnel bring to the emergency-response process every day, even greater....More

Maximizing the potential of the NPSBN and NG911

Both the next-generation 911 (NG911) and the nationwide public-safety broadband networks (NPSBN) promise to be game-changing public-safety....More

Congress needs to step up and champion next-generation 911 (NG911)

Next-generation 911 (NG911) needs to be implemented soon, particularly as the nationwide broadband network for first responders is deployed. To make....More

The evidence is clear: Body-worn cameras should be on the radar screen of every law-enforcement agency

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words; if so, then video is worth tens of thousands words. Despite this, deploying body-worn....More

How smartphone alerts can increase Americans’ safety abroad during times of uncertainty

Despite efforts to improve the ability of the U.S. government to be able to communicate with Americans traveling abroad, the chances of success are....More

Morgan O'Brien reflects on dismissed bid for nationwide FirstNet contract, potential for public safety2

Morgan O'Brien, the co-founder of Nextel Communications who proposed the notion of a nationwide public-safety broadband network a decade ago,....More

How should states prepare for FirstNet opt-out decision?2

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....More

First responders need access to life-saving, 3D location technology

For public safety, the location of an incident and where its personnel resources are during a response are critical pieces of information. With this....More

From festivals to football, emergency preplanning for assembly events is critical

Bad things can happen when large gatherings of people occur, particularly in today's era of terrorist attacks. By planning for emergencies long....More
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