Also, FirstNet to conduct special meeting on Sept. 23; Zetron raises cash for fallen officers; Cassidian intros solution for combat aircraft; Aeroflex debuts portable test set for military radios; automated text-to-voice solution aids 911 disptachers; technology clears traffic lanes for first responder vehicles; Mutualink experiments with Google Glass.
The Multi Agency Communications Center (MACC), which is a consolidated public-safety answering point (PSAP) that serves Grant County, Wash., had to consider several factors before finding the right migration technology to supplant its legacy analog network.
Intrado’s Emergency Assist solution enables wireless carriers to locate at-risk subscribers, in order to help public-safety agencies locate them, even if they haven’t dialed 911; the solution is so easy to use, all the carrier needs to do is type in the subscribers 10-digit number and click “Find.”
A draft of the report–which will address allegations that FirstNet board members have acted inappropriately–is completed, but special committee needs to “dot i’s and cross t’s,” says Wellington Webb, committee chairman.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) last week released grant money to six states as part of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), meaning 45 of the 55 states and territories have received their first-phase funding to plan for the nationwide broadband network for first responders being built by FirstNet.
Priorities include establing a tool on the FirstNet website that will provide status updates and other pertinent information, as well as fostering innovation in public-safety applications. Meanwhile, Kennedy stressed that the nationwide broadband network will serve all first responders, not just those in big cities.
Key vendors already have been selected, with Ericsson providing the radio access network (RAN) and Cisco Systems supporting the multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) portion of the system. Its focus will be on data, as the company plans to continue operating its private iDEN network to provide mission-critical voice service to its affiliates.
Also, Kenwood announces executive appointments; Zetron president joins iCERT board; AT&T to modify network to make roaming easier; XO introduces session-free SIP trunking pricing; iCore Networks to sponsor Intelysis’ Cloud Services University; Verizon Wireless completes spectrum sale to AT&T; 4G LTE breakthrough for Alcatel-Lucent; Qualcomm promises future CDMA enhancements; W.Va. county gets new Interact CAD system; new state law creates 911 funding heaqdaches for Indiana county.