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  • Nov 24, 2014
    audio

    Safer Buildings Coalition: Alan Perdue outlines in-building needs for general public, first responders

    Alan Perdue, executive director for the Safer Buildings Coalition, discusses the safety needs associated with in-building coverage for both the general public and first-responder personnel during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson. On Dec. 11, Perdue will be a panelist during a webinar that will be part of IWCE's Virtual Show, which is free to attendees....More
  • Nov 24, 2014
    Commentary

    AWS-3 auction bidding bodes well for FirstNet’s short-term funding, long-term sustainability opportunities

    The recent success of the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction means that FirstNet soon will receive the full funding that Congress anticipated. More important, the auction is an indication that there is sufficient market demand for FirstNet to be hopeful that it can forge partnership agreement that will ensure long-term sustainability for the public-safety broadband system....More
  • Nov 22, 2014
    Commentary

    There is an optimistic future for 911 wireless location accuracy

    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....More
  • Nov 18, 2014
    Commentary

    Beyond asset management: Critical real-time information improves public safety

    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....More

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