PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, August 04, 2017
APCO will make a major technology announcement during its Annual Conference & Expo at the end of the Opening General Session taking place at 8:30 a.m. MT on Monday, August 14.
On Saturday, July 29, 2017, the Executive Committee and Executive Director/CEO of APCO International met with the Chair Officers and CEO of NENA in Alexandria, Virginia. The collegial and productive meeting resulted in consensus by both associations for the need for all Next Generation 9-1-1 technologies to be both interoperable and interconnected including equipment currently described as NENA I3 "compliant."

Sarah Burtner, Marketing and Communications Associate
Since starting at APCO in 2012, Sarah has served in a variety of roles in the events and marketing departments. Although formally a member of the marketing team, she works in the APCO Institute and is responsible for marketing and communications initiatives for Institute programs, products and services.

Before joining APCO, Sarah spent more than 20 years in marketing and public relations positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She also spent six years as Executive Director at a Chicago area animal shelter.

Sarah is a certified Digital Events Strategist and a Certified Florida Master Naturalist. When not working, she and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors fishing, kayaking, biking and walking their dogs, Sniper, Piper and Yoda. She is also an avid reader and runner and enjoys playing the guitar in her spare time.

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Fierce Telecom The FCC will soon have a full five-commissioner roster as the U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to confirm Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr to occupy the regulator's two open posts. By confirming Rosenworcel and Carr, the commission will now operate as a five-member staff.
The Washington Post Many police officers, firefighters and paramedics carry their own smartphones to do the things their department-issued equipment can't. But now, 16 years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, exposed the inability of American first responders to talk to each other, a nationwide cellular network called "FirstNet" is launching to give public safety employees the ability to send data, video and text to each other. When a crisis hits and cell towers are overwhelmed, calls from first responders will preempt calls made by the public. FirstNet is expected to be operational by March.
The Post-Journal It's not every day that Chautauqua County's 9-1-1 center in Mayville (New York) gets a call from Ireland. But on the morning of July 27, around 10 a.m., Steve McAninch, a senior dispatcher with more than 30 years of service with the Sheriff's Office, answered one of the more unusual calls of his career, one in which a man with a strong Irish accent warned him of a local woman in trouble.
PR Newswire Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) represents an industry transformation that will proactively enhance public safety by catering to rapidly evolving demands, products, lifestyles and technologies among citizens. A new Frost & Sullivan analysis titled, Next Generation 911 – The Future of Public Safety, Forecast to 2022, expects the total NG9-1-1 market to grow from approximately $134.6 million in 2016 to $345.8 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 17.0 percent. The study examines the NG9-1-1 ecosystem, details key trends, market progress and growth opportunities.
Photonics The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $2.3 million over three years to the NYU Wireless Research Center at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, which will work with Italy's University of Padova, the Austin Fire Department, and NYU Wireless industrial affiliates to create a research platform for public safety communications using frequencies above 6 GHz in the mmWave spectrum.
TXK Today Texarkana, Texas, area first responders switched radio systems last weekend causing scanners across the area to remain silent. According to Texarkana, Texas Police spokesperson Shawn Vaughn, the switchover to the new system occoured slightly ahead of schedule last weekend after the old system failed once again. According to Vaughn the new system will provide more stability, reliability, and allow for greater interoperability among area agencies. In the event of a failure on either system, all local responders would continue to have the same level of communication by simply switching to the other system.
Navajo-Hopi Observer The Navajo Nation Council discussed an expansion and improvement of telecommunications networks on the reservation, specifically related to public safety, with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) at a leadership meeting July 25. Said Law and Order Committee member Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr., "Understanding that the state's governors are the final authority in considering to opt into the FirstNet system, I implore the governors to prioritize the Navajo Nation and surrounding rural communities. I also want to encourage my colleagues to be fully aware of what FirstNet can do for the Navajo Nation, it's so important that we take advantage of this program."
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