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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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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...
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 (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 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...
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...
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 countyís continuing process of improving 9-1-1 emergency services with accurate, up-to-date GIS data.
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...
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.
Most 9-1-1 map data is flawed across the country. Itís 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 thatís 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.
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.
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.