Los Angeles City Council members vote unanimously to opt out of its membership to the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS), citing potential cost advantages by taking the action and plans to deploy a new city-owned land-mobile-radio (LMR) network during the next 13 months.
Public-safety LTE projects funded with federal grants from the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP) remain in limbo more than six weeks after Congress passed legislation calling for a five-year extension for awardees to utilize unspent BTOP funds through fiscal year 2020.
Alan Perdue, executive director for the Safer Buildings Coalition, outlines efforts his organization is taking within the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association to have building codes require indoor wireless coverage for both first responders and the general public that needs to call 911 to get emergency help.
FirstNet still plans to release its much-anticipated final request-for-proposal (RFP) document by the end of this year as preparation continues for the FirstNet board meeting that is scheduled to be conducted in less than four weeks, according to a spokesman for the organization.
Mike Wengrovitz, Mutualink’s vice president of innovation, describes how a “Wi-Fi 911” system would leverage Internet of Public-Safety Things to activate special wireless broadband access to first responders (and potentially citizens) during emergency situations.
Mission-critical push-to-talk (PTT) functionality likely will not be part of LTE equipment for some time, but Band 14 700 MHz spectrum licensed to FirstNet promises to provide the dedicated resources needed to make over-the-top applications like ESChat reliable enough for first-responder use today, according to Josh Lober, president of SLA Corp., which developed ESChat.
For economic and innovation reasons, public safety would benefit greatly from the establishment of a global marketplace for the sector. Thumbs up to the new International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation for taking steps to make this vision a reality.
Mutualink unveils its Wearable Smart Gateway that is designed to let public-safety users securely connect multiple wearable or carried monitors and devices into a lightweight hub powered by Intel’s Edison chip that was developed specifically for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.