Dan Sawicki, director of project management at Motorola Solutions, discusses the evolution of 911, with a particular focus on call centers leveraging the cloud and other technologies to increase their agility and flexibility during times of crisis. Sawicki also notes the importance of 911 centers to receive and process different types of information–text, data, […]
Pryme CEO Dave George outlines his company’s new products such as Bluetooth accessories and provides his perspective on industry direction, including which use cases are proving most popular for push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) deployments.
Ryan Poltermann, innovation acrchitect at Commdex Consulting and vice chair of NPSTC’s LMR/LTE Integration and Interoperability Working Group, discusses measures that public safety can take to disinfect LMR radios and smart devices to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, particularly through equipment that may be shared within an agency. Poltermann has compiled […]
Drakontas CEO James Sim explains how his company’s DragonForce command-and-control collaboration platform—traditionally used as a communications tool to support tactical operations for public safety and the military—is being deployed by multiple emergency-management entities associated with the response efforts being implemented in the COVID-19 crisis.
Tom Guthrie, senior vice president and general manager for the RapidSOS public-safety unit, highlights the information available to 911 personnel through his company’s newly announced partnership with SafeZone, a provider of indoor gunfire-detection technology, as well the eventual potential to share smart-building information with public safety automatically in the future.
As TCCA celebrates its 25th anniversary, TCCA CEO Tony Gray talks about the organization’s support of the development of TETRA—the LMR standard for public-safety agencies in Europe and many other parts of the world—as well its crucial role in helping get the 3GPP standards body to create public-safety standards within LTE technology. As public-safety […]
Niki Papazoglakis, the principal at Mobility 4 Public Safety, outlines the purpose of Bridge 4 Public Safety (B4PS), a proof-of-concept initiative led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology directorate that hopes to encourage the development of a secure, no-cost/low-cost collaboration tool that will let first responders safely message each other […]
Warren “Country” Weidler, the search-and-rescue coordinator for Texas Task Force One and part of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), describes the recent cybersecurity-related response exercise conducted at the Winter Institute, where he led the incident-command post. With LMR radio unavailable under the scenario, chat messaging, pictures/video from drones and other communications methods were […]
Maxwell Maurice, electronics support technician for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) group within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), showcases the rapidly deployable research platform, which is designed to make first responders “completely independent and completely self-contained” in terms of communicating while in areas without normal network connectivity. Maurice spoke with IWCE’s […]