What we think will happen in 2012
Editors make their predictions for 2012.
- Congress will reallocate the D Block and provide funding for the nationwide network — but not as much as public safety hopes.
- Federal lawmakers will continue to ignore wireless 911 fund piracy.
- Federal lawmakers will continue to ignore 911 funding issues.
- Public safety answering points from coast to coast will find it increasingly difficult to maintain basic operations.
- Americans will continue to abuse the 911 system.
- The U.S.-Mexico rebanding treaty finally will be realized — because a new administration arrives in 2013, which could push negotiations back to square one if it isn’t wrapped up next year.
- Tens of millions of grant dollars from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) will be returned because recipients couldn’t get their projects off the ground.
- More municipalities will embrace citizen engagement.
- Leaders will begin to emerge in the LTE space.
- Tablets will make a bigger entrance into the enterprise as complementary devices and as devices that replace the laptop
- Device security will come to the forefront with more highly publicized breaches.
- Read the main article, “Failure is not an option,” to learn about myriad obstacles that threaten to not only slow the migration to next-generation technology but derail it completely.