Unmanned aerial systems (UAS)—commonly known as drones—are among the most exciting innovations in the wireless communications industry. In fact, that drones promise to improve efficiencies in the industry, as well as protect workers and ultimately save lives, according to Todd Schlekeway, executive director of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE).
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words; if so, then video is worth tens of thousands words. Despite this, deploying body-worn cameras on officer is not a simple decision.
Milt Nenneman, project manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology directorate, describes the new Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform, which will be available to public-safety agencies beginning next week. The online training system will be free to first-responder agencies and will be demonstrated in booth #2614 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) show, wihich will be Oct. 15-18 in San Diego.
Randy Long of SchoolSAFE Communications describes how the dealer-developed solution supports daily communications on educational campuses, as well as interoperability with public-safety personnel during times of emergency.
Public-safety answering points (PSAPs) in Fairfax County, Va., are scheduled to migrate by the end of the year to an Airbus DS Communications VESTA call-handling solution that complies with next-generation-911 (NG911) standards and is designed to promote efficiencies across all five PSAP locations.
After three years of consensus-building work, recommended minimum training guidelines for 911 telecommunicators have been established, which could provide a foundation for a future in which a baseline level of emergency-calling service can be achieved nationwide.