Last Friday’s distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused significant web-site outages throughout the U.S. should be a wakeup call to the tech industry, as lackluster security on many Internet of Things (IoT) devices is being cited as a key reason the attack was possible.
Just two weeks before FirstNet’s target date of Nov. 1 to announce the winning contractor, pdvWireless disclosed that its bidding team is no longer in contention. A review of federal procurement rules reveals that the notification also may indicate that Nov. 1 is not a realistic date to unveil the contractor—and that’s OK, as long as the procurement is executed properly.
Many in public safety have expressed resistance to the notion that some states are exploring the notion of migrating 700 MHz public-safety narrowband spectrum to broadband use, citing legitimate concerns. But the reality is that public safety needs to examine all options to better utilize this band, or it could risk losing this very valuable spectrum.
It is exciting to imagine the possibilities that technologies like drones and the Internet of Things could bring to public safety. However, the policy difficulties associated with the deployment of body-worn cameras should serve as a reminder that implementation can be much more complicated than most envision initially.