PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, November 20, 2015
APCO's Emerging Technology Forum wrapped up yesterday after two full days of presentations from leading public safety experts before a large audience from the Atlanta metro area and across the country. It began with a keynote address from FirstNet President TJ Kennedy, who debuted an informative video on the promise of FirstNet and 9-1-1 integration. Mr. Kennedy also provided an update on progress being made toward the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network. The first day continued with presentations on NG9-1-1, public safety innovations driven by LTE, advanced devices, and mobile apps. Additional sessions addressed new technologies and regulations that are leading to significant improvements in location accuracy for 9-1-1.
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State and local 911 professionals, Federal agency representatives and other 911 stakeholders will participate in a "State of 911" webinar and question and answer session, presented by the National 911 Program, Tuesday, December 15 from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. ET.
Radio World The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent its first bilingual alert message via the Emergency Alert System on Nov. 17, and according to insiders, it went off without a hitch. The message was sent as part of a series of regional IPAWS tests conducted by FEMA.
University of Houston UH has been awarded $2.6 million to develop technology to safeguard emergency response systems against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
Quad-City Times In Iowa, Clinton County has asked Scott County to share in a feasibility study to review a possible consolidation of police and emergency communications equipment and personnel.
WLDS Starting Nov. 17, residents in Morgan County, Ill., are able to send a text message to 9-1-1 and receive the same emergency services available via phone.
The Butler County Times Gazette After some debate regarding upgrading the CAD system, Butler County Commissioners welcomed Emergency Communications Director Chris Davis to continue discussion about the issue.
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Following the three-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6), introduced legislation to help ensure the resiliency of the nation’s communications networks during emergencies.
Cablefax FCC commissioner Tom Wheeler is tackling several priorities for the remainder of his term, as outlined during the Practising Law Institute’s webcast on Communications Law in the Digital Age.
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