NICE Systems
PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, July 15, 2016
On July 12, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives held an FCC Oversight Hearing during which many of the FCC Commissioners raised 9-1-1 issues.
 
You can now register for the next Emerging Technology Forum taking place November 1-2 in Seattle, Washington. Attendees can expect the same slate of timely and relevant educational content, presented by APCO staff, industry experts, and public safety officials, typical of APCO’s series of Emergency Technology Forums. Topic areas we will cover include the very latest on NG9-1-1, cybersecurity, location accuracy, public safety and 9-1-1 mobile apps, and FirstNet. More information can be found here.
 
Jerry Zarwanski is employed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection, Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications (Division) and has more than 31 years of state service with various state agencies.
 
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Industry News
Emergency Management Only about 10 percent of the 6,576 emergency dispatch call centers in the country are equipped to take 9-1-1 texts. Virginia Beach is the only city in South Hampton Roads currently able to accept such emergency texts.
 
FirstNet Today, first responders rely on more than 10,000 separate, incompatible and often proprietary radio networks to communicate with each other during emergencies. Because they’re not connected on one network, it’s hard, and at times impossible, for emergency responders from different jurisdictions or from different public safety organizations to communicate and work together to save lives.
 
Daily Breeze From 1991 to 1997, Lorne Ahrens sat at the consoles in the Lennox (Tex.) sheriff’s station lobby, answering 9-1-1 calls and relaying crime information to deputies in the field. "Just a genuine guy," said Deputy Tim Crise, a traffic investigator at the Lawndale substation, recalling the former colleague who went on to become a Dallas police officer. "Very humble, nice guy. He did a great job at the station as a dispatcher and we knew when he was dispatching, we could depend on him." Ahrens was one of the five officers killed when a gunman opened fire on police working a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas.
 
Lansing State Journal Fewer landline phones and inflationary costs have prompted the Clinton County 9-1-1 system to ask voters for a 50-cent per month increase in the telephone surcharge which supports the emergency system.
 
Yahoo News Nintendo’s popular augmented reality mobile game requires players to use their smartphones to capture digital monsters in the real world—and it’s been causing some real-world havoc across the country.
 
Tait Communications
Asbury Park Press Monmouth County leaders recently demanded state lawmakers resume payments for 9-1-1 services that are supposed to come from fees the state collects from residents. Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said the money could be well spent to upgrade 9-1-1 infrastructure and train dispatchers.
 
Fort Madison Daily Democrat When signed, the agreement will unite the county’s dispatching services under a control board composed of Keokuk and Fort Madison chiefs of police and fire chiefs, the Lee County Sheriff and an appointed representative of the Lee County Fire Association.
 
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