Communicating with residents is a priority for state and local governments and public-safety agencies at any time, but it is especially important during times of emergency. SMS/MMS messaging systems can help provide alerts during such critical moments, as well as improve information exchanges with the public on a day-to-day basis.
Non-service-initialized (NSI) cell phones—devices that that are not subscribed to a wireless carrier—no longer should be able to call 911 as they are today, because circumstances have changed substantially since the policy was established almost 20 years ago, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said during the recent APCO Emerging Technology Forum in Atlanta.
Authorities will be able to provide the public with alerts via wireless devices that are more detailed and geographically relevant under a proposal to revamp the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system that FCC commissioners approved unanimously.
Steve Sebestyen, business-development manager and public-safety evangelist for Motorola Solutions, explains how TipSoft—a software application acquired with the purchase of PublicEngines in April—lets informants provide public safety with information via a secure online portal while remaining anonymous.
Christopher Holmes, a product manager at Motorola Solutions, details the features of CommandCentral Vault, the company’s digital-management system that leverages Microsoft’s CJIS-compliant Azure Government cloud platform. In addition to providing secure storage of public-safety video, CommandCentral Vault automates time-consuming tasks like redaction and incident correlation.
Deploying body-worn cameras on police officers is an idea that rapidly has gained popularity during the past year, but some details surrounding the use of the cameras still should be resolved, two police chiefs and the top NAACP official said during a panel at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2015 event.
Kannan Sreedhar, vice president and general manager of the VirtuMedix group at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), explains how the company’s VirtuMedix software platform can help providers deliver healthcare services more efficiently and easily to patients in rural areas. Sreedhar spoke with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the recent CCA conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Following the recent tragic shootings in Chattanooga, officials at the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC) began discussing the significance of the final text message sent by Lance Cpl. Squire Wells. His two-word warning to his girlfriend illustrates how much we have come to rely on our smartphones in an emergency.