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A Hybrid Wireless Location Solution Could Potentially Save More Lives

A primary reason to consider a hybrid technology solution for indoor E9-1-1 location is that the strengths and weaknesses of U-TDOA and A-GPS are remarkably complementary: A-GPS works best in rural and remote areas, while U-TDOA works best in suburban and urban environments. Working together, both technologies create the optimum solution for locating wireless 9-1-1 calls.

Addressing Address Data that Works for You

We rely on addressing in multiple, everyday situations - mailing, navigation, emergency response and others. Addresses are assigned to single and multi-family homes, apartment buildings, industrial and commercial structures, and government structures. In some areas, addresses are assigned to identify infrastructure facilities, such as communication towers, fire hydrants, utility poles, bridges, and boat ramps.

APS to Offer CompassCom AVL Solution to Law Enforcement

Advanced Public Safety (APS), a leading provider of electronic ticketing software for public safety agencies, has announced that it is offering CompassCom's Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) solution for law enforcement agencies. The software is used to more efficiently locate and dispatch vehicles in order to significantly reduce response times and help save lives.

Benefits of Integrating CAD and RMS

A clear sign showing how dispatchers can support law enforcement more directly than before, and even help influence a safe outcome for police incidents, is the move to integrate CAD and RMS systems. Fueling this integration trend is a wide range of software offerings that simplify data entry, retrieval and storage between dispatchers and law enforcement officers.

Boston MedFlight uses TomTom to cut total trip time by 30% or more

Boston MedFlight recently added navigation systems from TomTom Business Solutions to its fleet of ground critical care vehicles, reducing trip time by an average of 30 percent. TomTom's fleet management and navigation systems are fully integrated into Boston MedFlight's dispatch system, allowing drivers to simply accept the job and get turn-by-turn directions

Brookhaven, NY Makes Massive Push to Improve Safety for First Responders with Opticom System

The Town of Brookhaven responds to more than 5,000 emergency calls every month. The town made the decision to upgrade to Opticom GPS priority control technology on more than 500 fire trucks and ambulances and at nearly as many intersections so firefighters and EMS personnel can meet the incredible demand more quickly - and safely.

Burlington County Special Services School Improves Emergency Response with Whaleback Managed Services

Whaleback Managed Services, the leader in managed unified communications services, today announced that Burlington County Special Services School (BCSSS) has added Whaleback's 9-1-1 features to its CrystalBlue Unified Communications Service to assist first responders in emergency situations.

Campus Police Department Puts a Dent in Bike Thefts with Affordable GPS Tracker

Priced at just $199.99, the CatchAThiefGPS locator turned out to be the ideal solution for the NCSU Police Department, enabling the force to dramatically reduce bike thefts on campus - cutting the incidence of thefts by 33%. The Securus team worked with the department to identify the right device settings and establish safe zones and speeds so that an armed device would transmit its location to department personnel when moved from its location.

Case Study: Mission Manager Leveraging the U.S. National Grid for Greater Good

Until a few years ago, the U.S. National Grid was not a key component in emergency management software... Mission Manager is now one of the first software apps to incorporate the U.S. National Grid into operations. Mission Manager is now fully integrated and a U.S. National Grid mainstay for leading emergency response professionals across the U.S.

Citizens' Crime Mapping: The Newest Trend in Public Safety Software Increases Citizen Awareness in PA

The Berks County, PA District Attorney, John Adams, announced that citizens in the county will now have access to an interactive, online map detailing the crimes happening within the county, thanks to the new CODY Citizens' Crime Mapping Module for COBRA.net powered by The Omega Group's CrimeMapping.com. Visitors to the site can view interactive maps, generate reports for specific types of crimes, specific time periods, and much more. The goal of the crime mapping tool, Mr. Adams said, is to...

Dallas Police GIS Analyst Uses Geospatial Skills to Fight Crime

Geographic information systems (GIS) has changed the way law enforcement fights crime. Investigators now rely on actionable intelligence for mapping and analyzing crime patterns and as the use of this new technology continues to evolve, police agencies will depend on crime GIS analysts to take advantage of the cutting-edge tools and industry innovations that GIS offers.

E-book Details How GIS Technology Has Become The Newest Crime-Fighting Tool

American Sentinel University’s new e-book, GIS for Crime Analysis, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, profiles how geographic information systems (GIS) has become an effective new crime-fighting tool used by law enforcement agencies to uncover criminal patterns that would be otherwise impossible to identify. The complimentary e-book is available for download.

EmergenSee Converts Smartphones Into Personal Safety Devices, sending data to 24/7 Monitoring Centers

EmergenSee is making college campuses safer by putting the power of live streaming video, audio and GPS data directly in the palm of students' hands. The Personal Security App leverages smartphone devices to provide a rich feature set and optional 24/7 professional monitoring. As the only app of its kind to offer live streaming video at the touch of a button, EmergenSee is reshaping how people view personal safety.

FCC: 70% of 9-1-1 calls now originate from mobile phones

On November 23rd, 2010 the FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski called for a change in 9-1-1 call handling; noting that, "More than two-thirds - almost 70% - of 9-1-1 calls are now made from mobile phones." Examining the rate of household "wireless substitution," The Center for Disease Control and The National Center for Health Statistics released their own study: Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January - June 2010.

From the Chair: 9-1-1 Mobility

There is a tidal wave of change coming for the emergency telecommunications industry that is known simply as NG9-1-1. It's all about mobility now... The gurus in the high-tech industries have been busying themselves trying to solve some of the known problems, while simultaneously finding new and creative ways by which citizens can access emergency services...

GeoComm Chosen to Provide End to End NG9-1-1 GIS in Maine

GeoComm has been chosen by FairPoint Communications to supply National Emergency Number Association (NENA) compliant Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the State of Maine's new Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) system... FairPoint will support geospatial call routing and location validation by implementing GeoComm's GeoLynx Spatial Router, a NENA i3 compliant ECRF/LVF system. FairPoint will also implement GeoComm's GeoLynx Server for 9-1-1 call mapping in the state's 26 9-1-1 call centers.

GeoComm Offers NG9-1-1 GIS Data Management Platform Powered by Esri

GeoComm announces the latest release of its NG9-1-1 GIS Data Management Platform for regional and state-wide 9-1-1 systems. A rich set of applications and services powered by the latest Esri technology, the GeoComm platform offers a broad range of GIS support for NG9-1-1 GIS data management, including in-the-field GPS data collection and 9-1-1 addressing...

GeoComm Participates in NENA's Industry Collaboration Event 4

NENA held the Industry Collaboration Event #4 (ICE 4) in Irving, Texas at the AT&T Center for Learning the week of 11/14/11. The focus of the event was emergency call routing based on the LoST hierarchy. This is the core function required to assure reliable and predictable emergency call routing and location validation regardless of the media type or device being used to place a call

GeoComm Selected by Hamilton County (TN) for Public Safety Address Field Verification Project

Hamilton County, Tennessee has selected GeoComm to provide 9-1-1 GIS services for a countywide address verification including the City of Chattanooga. This project will consist of GeoComm updating several of Hamilton County's GIS data layers as well as completing a countywide address field verification project.

GeoComm Supplies GIS Elements for Maine NG9-1-1 System

GeoComm was selected by FairPoint to supply all of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) compliant GIS elements for Maine’s NG9-1-1 system. The GIS components GeoComm provided include the NENA i3 Emergency Call Routing and Location Validation Functions (ECRF/LVF), a Spatial Information Function (SIF), and a 9-1-1 PSAP mapping system delivered over the statewide Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet) to all of the State’s PSAPs.

GeoComm's GeoLynx Server Approved by FEMA as IPAWS Alert Originator

GeoComm has announced that their web-based mapping solution, GeoLynx Server, has met the requirements set by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to qualify as an IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) alert originator. IPAWS, a modernization and integration of the nation's alert and warning infrastructure, provides the public with life-saving information accurately and quickly.

GPS Tracking Technology Deemed Beneficial by Privacy Advocates

GPS tracking technologies for pursuit management, often called "GPS bullets," are among the most promising alternatives to high-speed police chases. Quite literally, a well-placed GPS tag on a fleeing vehicle is a ‘bullet’ that can save lives. The less-than-lethal GPS pursuit management system is comprised of two small, cylinder-shaped projectiles each containing a miniature GPS tracker, tipped with an industrial-strength adhesive. The launching mechanism, powered by compressed-air, is...

Granville County, North Carolina: GIS for a Safer Community

After attending a GIS seminar (10 Ways to Improve Your Public Safety with GIS) at a recent North Carolina joint NENA/APCO conference, Granville County 9-1-1 Manager, William Wheeler, realized that a ramped up GIS was critical for public safety. Under Mr. Wheeler's guidance, the county choose Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) to create the needed data sets and to create a vision for moving GIS to the enterprise at the County.

GTG's Vantage Points Dispatch GIS tool for first responders

Geographic Technologies Group has released Vantage Points Dispatch for Local Government Police, Fire, EMS and Sheriff Departments. Built on the latest Esri ArcGIS Server 10.1 platform, Vantage Points Dispatch provides dispatchers a robust and easy to use GIS application that leverages the best of the Esri GIS toolset to insure that dispatchers have the most user friendly and powerful tool available.

Huntington Park PD, CA Deploys Vantage Points Dispatch

In Motion Technology and CDW Partner to Deliver Secure Mobile Access to Enterprise Networks

In Motion Technology Inc., a leader in mobile enterprise networks, has announced a partnership with CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare. Together the organizations will deliver an end-to-end technology solution, as well as services and support, which will allow mission-critical workforces to securely connect to the enterprise network from vehicles.

Increasing Efficiencies through EMS Responder Tracking

Technology is changing the way EMS first-responders work and is creating improved methods that save time throughout the entire first-response process - from the initial 9-1-1 call through record-keeping. This article will explore how Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and GPS tracking technology is transforming the industry, and how EMS companies can leverage the latest trends to increase efficiencies, ultimately leading to time savings, reduced costs and improved patient care.

Intrado Acquires Contact One

Intrado Inc., a subsidiary of West Corporation and a leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions, has acquired Contact One, a leader in integrated 9-1-1 geographic information system (GIS) data management solutions for public safety.

LuciadLightspeed Brings Situational Awareness Into A New Era

LuciadLightspeed provides software components and functionalities that enable data fusion, visualization and analysis of geospatial information. LuciadLightspeed enables the development of Sustainable Applications; Applications that are easier, and thus lower cost, to maintain, and applications that can be evolved in a cost effective manner.

Map Reading: Where Were Google Maps Back Then?

Mexican Police use NAVTEQ Maps to Find Stolen Vehicles in Real Time

Nokia's Location & Commerce unit's Enterprise reseller, WebMaps, is providing NAVTEQ Maps for a new real-time vehicle tracking system in Mexico. With this advanced technology solution, the NAVTEQ Map is used to provide geographical coordinates and enable satellite positioning of vehicles reported as stolen.

Mobile Personal Emergency Response Devices: New Technologies Enable Care Specialists to Help Dispatchers and First Responders Deliver Faster, Better Care

Personal emergency response system (PERS) technologies have evolved dramatically from the late 1980s homebound systems that relied on landline phones and only worked in and around the home. Now, leading edge mobile PERS devices enable users to have two-way voice contact with emergency care specialists 24/7 at home and away from home by utilizing cellular coverage. Some mobile PERS devices also leverage GPS for location, while others utilize 9-1-1 U-TDOA technologies.

MobileTrec Announces SafeKidZone Mobile Child Protection App

Los Angeles-based company, MobileTrec, has launched SafeKidZone, a mobile personal security network based on a mobile phone application that places a "Panic Button" on kids' cell phones which can rapidly connect to 9-1-1.

New Armor Rugged Tablet Optimizes Communications For Mobile Workforce

The new ARMORT X10gx rugged tablet enhances the efficiency and productivity of an increasingly mobile workforce. It offers AT&T wireless certification and optional integrated GobiT 2000 mobile broadband to keep the user connected on multiple wireless networks. The ARMORT X10gx also is equipped with standard 802.11n Wireless LAN connectivity and BluetoothR v2.0 + EDR (Class 2), as well as integrated GPS. Standard routing of GPS and WLAN to two RF ports allows switching between internal...

NexTraq Releases New Mobile App for EMS Fleets

NexTraq, a leading GPS fleet tracking and fleet management company, has released its new mobile app, NexTraq Connect, helping to close the information gap between office and field units. Ideal for EMS and other public safety agencies, this fully integrated application will allow users to record clock in/out and break times, communicate job status, view job locations and directions, assign drivers to vehicles and track vehicle maintenance needs.

Portland, ME Deploys GeoBlade Suite for Public Safety GIS

The City of Portland, ME Police and Fire Departments have realized the need for GIS integration for their public safety operations. Portland had recently deployed a suite of ArcGIS Server based public safety tools from Geographic Technologies Group (GTG). Portland IT and GIS worked with GTG to deploy GeoBlade Dispatch, GeoBlade AVL, GeoBlade Route, GeoBlade Fires, GeoBlade Crimes, and GeoBlade Mobile which integrate seamlessly with any CAD system and in their case the Sungard CAD and RMS...

Preparing for the Disaster: How the City of Spokane Bolstered Emergency Response Readiness

By utilizing the latest version of Infor EnRoute, the Spokane CCC is able to equip all of their dispatch users with the latest GIS functionality. This allows them to make route recommendations to responders, helping EMS and fire units to arrive at the scene of an incident as quickly as possible. Infor EnRoute also provides advanced data drill down capabilities, which facilitates in-depth analysis of dispatch responses.

Professional Ambulance Service Integrates EMS Technology Advances from In Motion Technology

Professional Ambulance Service (Pro EMS) of Cambridge (MA) has integrated the onBoard Mobile Gateway from In Motion Technology. This rugged in-vehicle mobile router and onBoard Mobility Manager will provide greater interoperability for recent EMS technological advances.

Pryme Radio Products Licenses GPS Technology To Midian Electronics

Pryme Radio Products has entered into a non-exclusive agreement to license its extensive GPS technology portfolio to Midian Electronics, Inc. Midian is an Arizona corporation located in Tucson that produces a wide variety of advanced signaling/scrambling products for two-way radios. Midian will use its license to develop, manufacture, and market a Speaker Microphone with GPS and voice security capabilities. Pryme's GPS technology portfolio includes 30 Patents and Patent Applications in...

Pryme Radio Products Recognized at InnovationAwards

The 5th Annual Innovation Awards were recently held during the 117th International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. Cygnus Business Media's Law Enforcement Group developed these awards to showcase cutting-edge products that were launched within the previous year. An independent panel of qualified, veteran law enforcement officials judges the entries. Products are judged on innovativeness, productivity, quality, contribution, ease-of-use, maintainability, cost effectiveness, and...

Range Networks' OpenBTS at the Heart of Solution to Assist Helicopter Search and Rescue Missions

Range Networks, a leading provider of commercial open source cellular systems and leader of the OpenBTS software project, has announced that Iceland technology integrator Rgg Corporation has developed a solution using OpenBTS and Range Networks hardware to aid in search and rescue missions in the Icelandic highlands. The solution exemplifies OpenBTS as a foundation for innovative and unique communications applications.

Sarasota County, Florida Takes GIS Data Management to a New Level

Sarasota County, Florida is working with GeoComm to implement a series of GIS Data Management software and GIS services. The implementation of these items will be vital in the countys continuing process of improving 9-1-1 emergency services with accurate, up-to-date GIS data.

Solacom adds map-based call control to their Guardian Next Generation 9-1-1 product line

Solacom Technologies, a leading NG9-1-1 solutions developer, has partnered with GeoComm Inc. to create Guardian Map, a best in class mapping solution that integrates seamlessly with the Guardian platform and enables 9-1-1 call takers to answer and manage calls directly from their Guardian Intelligent Workstation. Guardian Map uses Automatic Location Identification information received with legacy 9-1-1 calls, or from caller location data in the newer i3 architecture defined by the National...

SouthernLINC Wireless Chooses Intrado for 9-1-1 Services

Intrado Inc., a leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions, has announced an agreement to provide emergency communications services to Atlanta-based regional wireless carrier SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company. Under the terms of the agreement, Intrado is providing SouthernLINC Wireless with a broad suite of value-based solutions, including wireless Phase I and Phase II services that help 9-1-1 centers determine a caller's physical location.

Survey of 9-1-1 Dispatchers Finds Many Indoor Callers Cannot be Located

Current FCC regulations establish location accuracy requirements, but they are applied only to call originating outdoors. Nearly every 9-1-1 call center faces the problem of receiving calls from those who cannot tell the dispatcher their location... FindMe911, a coalition to ensure that 9-1-1 works in today's wireless age, has released new information from the perspective of 9-1-1 dispatchers and managers.

The Underlying Problem With 9-1-1: Rescuers Can't Help Citizens If They Can't Locate Them

Most 9-1-1 map data is flawed across the country. Its inaccurate and outdated - missing new streets, closed roads and sometimes whole new developments. It frustrates first responders who have to double-back on roads searching for an address thats out of numerical order. It can be life-threatening to citizens who need assistance, yet their location cannot be identified quickly or with spot-on precision.

Tracking Technology Keeps Rescuers Safe

Although searchers are trained in the latest safety procedures, the remoteness of the terrain and the challenges of operating in small teams meant the risk was high. The team contacted PRYME Radio Products, a company which makes audio accessories such as earphones and headsets for two-way radios, about their GPSMIC system.

White Paper: Top 5 reasons you should know the role of the Spatial Information Function in NG9-1-1

GIS data in NG9-1-1 is a mission critical asset and the accuracy and timeliness of GIS data updates is a growing concern. Through the implementation of a SIF, the continual GIS updates necessary in an NG9-1-1 system can be addressed. This white paper explains what you need to know about a NENA i3 SIF and the role of it in a NG9-1-1 system.

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Workshop to Address Critical Need for Technology to Track First Responders Inside Buildings

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a leader in the development of technology for safeguarding the lives and health of first responders, will host the sixth annual International Workshop on Precision Indoor Personnel Location and Tracking Technology Aug. 1-2, 2011. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology, the sixth annual workshop will feature live demonstrations of location and tracking technologies and keynote speakers from NASA and Qualcomm.

Zetron's DCS-5020 Console System API Provides Complete Integration to CAD and AVL Applications

Zetron’s new CAD/AVL application program interface (API) for its DCS-5020 Digital Console system allows end users to control call operations directly from the mapping resource instead of having to control them from the console. This simplifies operations and reduces response times.

 
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