For the second consecutive year, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has obtained legislative approval to provide $13 million in funds to pay for upgrades to the Michigan Public Safety Communications System, according to a story published yesterday in the Detroit News
LAS VEGAS–Software-defined radio (SDR) holds both potential benefits for first responders and requires issues to be resolved, said Fred Frantz, director of law enforcement programs for L-3 Government Systems. Speaking at a Wednesday afternoon session on interoperability at the 2005 IWCE conference, Franz said “the killer app” for SDR is interoperability. “SDR has the potential for first responders to load in waveforms at incidents,” allowing them to easily communicate with each other and other agencies.
In what many industry observers are calling a position reversal, the National Emergency Numbering Association executive board has declared voice-over-IP 911 systems that route calls to the administrative office of a public-safety answering point as “unacceptable.”