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Intrado, a leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions and a subsidiary of West Corporation, has announced the integration of Intrado Beware with Motorola Solutionsâ€™ Intelligent Data Portal, a mobile, cloud-based application that gathers contextual information from existing databases.
Ian Clemens, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of IDV Solutions, LLC, has authored a new white paper and will host a webinar on the 7 Principles of Highly Effective Command Centers.
A-T Solutions Inc., an internationally recognized leader in counterterrorism based in Vienna, Virginia, is launching its Data Collection Toolkit, a suite of software tools that enable users to systematically collect, share, analyze and manage incident-related data.
The Morgan County (AL) Emergency Management Communication District (MCEMCD) recently utilized the Aurora management information system (MIS) solution from emergency communications leader Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, to correctly identify the source of a series of prank 9-1-1 calls.
Alvarion partnered up with the City of Cleburne, Texas to Install Wireless Networks for Public Safety Connectivity... Currently, police vehicles patrolling the city use a laptop computer connected to the city's fiber network and information systems via a high speed wireless broadband card, such as an AirCard. The city decided to implement a private wireless network that would eliminate recurring charges and readily expand to other city services and public works as it continues to expand the...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to announce that we have signed a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) agreement with the State of Colorado. Colorado is the latest CJIS agreement we’ve signed, on the heels of CJIS agreements with California Department of Justice and State of Minnesota. We’re working hard to execute agreements with many other law enforcement customers, and are committed to maintaining a comprehensive security program consistent with federal and state laws,...
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has announced the formation of its new Broadband Committee. The committee's primary function will be to review public safety broadband applications in use today and make solid recommendations to meet the ever changing need for mobile data and the future need for mission-critical voice capabilities.
Integrating directly with Smart911, the existing 9-1-1 service available across the state, all Arkansans now have the assurance that in an emergency at home, work, their childrenâ€™s school or anywhere across the state, 9-1-1 and responders will be better prepared to provide a fast and effective response.
Historic Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall has deployed a state-of-the-art communications system for real-time, secure collaboration with law enforcement agencies during large-scale events, including the Miss America Pageant. The platform from Mutualink enables multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment - all in real-time.
The Autauga County Sheriff's Office in Alabama is sharing dispatch and records information with the Prattville Police Department using software from Spillman Technologies. The sheriff's office has been using Spillman software to share jail data with Prattville since 2004. Using recently added Computer-Aided Dispatch and Records solutions from Spillman, the two agencies can now exchange dispatch information as well as data on suspects and incidents.
Avaya and Plantronics Expand Strategic Partnership To Simplify Contact Center And Unified Communications Services
Avaya and Plantronics have announced a new co-development initiative to address the growing need for simplified communications in contact center and unified communications environments. The first initiative under this expanded relationship is focused on ensuring compatibility and tight integration between select Plantronics headsets and Avaya's Chrome-based contact center apps...
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.
blueHula Studios has announced an update to their iOS app Response Deck SBC - a first of its kind mobile dispatch and routing app for public safety providers in Santa Barbara County, CA. Developed initially to give Santa Barbara County Fire and EMS personnel immediate access to 9-1-1 dispatch information, Response Deck SBC is currently used by more than 1500 responders, and residents alike.
OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, provided Boston EMS its new Web Services API (Application Programming Interface). Using the SafetyPAD API, Boston EMS is now automatically importing data for all patients transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) directly into their industry-leading electronic hospital management system.
The unfortunate reality for public safety organizations that house confidential and sensitive data, including the personal information of employees and citizens, is that there is no end to cybersecurity threats such as botnets, worms, and hacking.
...it may be high time that we in policing explore this theory with a view to enhancing our decision-making processes. Can we couple this law with our intelligence led strategies to discover if (and then how) the 75 year old theory of Theory of Unanticipated Consequences can be reconciled with Intelligence Led policing practices? In today's world of limited options and resources, we must wring out every ounce of prospective benefit from every choice we make. This might be just the right time...
The city of Fort Worth, Texas can now more quickly respond to calls for help and communicate instantaneously with more than 40 agencies and departments across Texas. Fort Worth's Office of Emergency Management is the agency responsible for operating the 100-seat Joint Emergency Operations Center (JEOC), which communicates regularly with city and county agencies; state agencies such as the Texas Department of Public Safety; several federal agencies...
InterAct has published an in-depth White Paper that examines the company's core technology: "Cloud Computing and Public Safety Services" by Dr. Toufic Boubez. Dr. Boubez pioneered the field of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) systems as the Chief Architect for Web Services at IBM's Software Group. While there, he drove IBM's web strategies and authored several key industry specifications. He is also the author of several major books on SOA.
The Connecticut Convention Center has completed the installment of a multimedia communications system with the assistance of Mutualink, Inc. The system provides an interoperable communications platform that enables multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment - all in real-time. The emergency communications network will allow the Convention Center to share critical information with law enforcement and emergency personnel,...
Spillman Technologies is helping Sheriff Shaun Golden and other community leaders in Monmouth County, N.J., pioneer new ways to save tax dollars with a system of consolidated services. Almost 30 agencies in Monmouth County are sharing consolidated services in an effort to reduce individual agency overhead
CoreLogic Introduces Natural Hazard & Parcel Data Product to Improve Local Emergency Planning & Response Efforts
CoreLogic. a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, has introduced a new offering that will help emergency responders and local governments improve their emergency planning, preparedness and response efforts in the event of a natural hazard. The new offering from CoreLogic bundles the company's detailed natural hazard geospatial data, risk models and comprehensive parcel database to provide city and county officials a more accurate picture of potential hazard...
The FCC Public Notice also provides a path for U.S. public safety agencies to operate on Canadian frequencies used by Canadian first responders, which was previously considered to be an ineligible activity. This is excellent news for public safety on both sides of the border.
Cultural Communications - Tribal Enforcement, DUI, & South Dakota's Initiatives To Save Lives on its Highways
After A Distinguished Career Top South Dakota Cop Reflects On The Most Important Issues Facing His State And Perhaps The Nation
Often, discussions about 9-1-1 technology are geared toward live computer aided dispatch screens, automated vehicle locator information and applications and communications systems between dispatch and officers in the field. While all critical to emergency services, there lies a growing interest in analytics as they relate to data that is gathered in computer aided dispatch and other systems. Whether analyzing response times on various call types or determining the optimal positioning of...
In the aftermath of 9/11, many law enforcement agencies sought to establish new data repositories to capture information, such as Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR, also known as Tips & Leads), Organized Crime Intelligence, Counter-terrorism Intelligence, and even Web-based and electronic document open-source data. Quite a few agencies, perhaps a result of the growth of Fusion Centers, are now interested in setting up information management systems that can mine existing data repositories...
During large scale emergencies where community members are displaced from homes or schools, StatusNet911 Community Contact provides an easy to navigate web-based registration system. Authorized personnel at emergency shelters, schools, houses of worship, hospitals, police stations and other locations, which are commonly used as shelter sites during an emergency, will be able to quickly identify and register displaced families and individuals.
DeLorme Assisting in Development of Disaster Relief Mapping in Pacific Rim Region of Asia To Support Rapid Response Capabilities When Natural Disasters Strike
DeLorme is currently assisting the Government of Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the development of a disaster relief mapping service to enable rapid response capabilities in the event of a natural disaster in the Asia Pacific Rim.
DRS Technologies, Inc., A Finmeccanica Company, has announced that the Fire Department, City of New York (FDNY) will be using ARMOR Rugged Mobile Solutions to better respond to emergencies and manage medical information gathered at the scene. FDNY has placed an order with the award-winning leader in the public safety industry for systems, including rugged tablet computers, accessories, installation services and communication equipment.
In Motion Technology, a leader in mobile networking technologies that efficiently connect and manage equipment, information and people in the field, has announced that El Paso County Enhanced 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District is deploying the onBoard Mobile Gateway as the single communications platform to support a county-wide initiative that will improve situational awareness.
In emergencies, time is critical. Ineffective or limited communication of information to first responders can be the difference between safety and disaster, life or death. To ensure a quick and safe response, responders need more visibility in to what is happening at the scene, prior to arrival.
Everbridge Integrates Community Outreach and Emergency Management in New Community Engagement Solution
Everbridge, a leading global provider in unified critical communications, has announced its Community Engagement solution, aimed at helping local governments and law enforcement build strong, transparent relationships with the communities they serve. The new solution increases the reach of emergency management teams and expands community outreach to include keyword-based opt-ins; Facebook, Twitter and Google message distribution; and access to Nixle community resident opt-ins.
Fairmont PD & PTS Solutions First In Country To Successfully Test New Secure Link To The National Data Exchange
The Fairmont, West Virginia Police Department is the first agency in the country to participate in the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) program through a new secure Information Exchange Data Package (IEDP). PTS Solutions, Inc. (PTS) provided the records management system software to enable the police department to participate in N-DEx.
The Memex Solutions Team at SAS has integrated its Patriarch Intelligence Management Platform with the FBI's eGuardian system for automating the distribution of tips and leads, or Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), related to counterterrorism. Memex Patriarch users can now submit SARs directly to eGuardian from the Patriarch platform without the need to re-enter information. This provides a more efficient process for the collection and evaluation of suspicious activities in support of...
On March 22-23, law enforcement agencies around the world took to Twitter to participate in a 24-hour Tweet-a-thon in order to highlight the work of officers around the world and show how they are using social media to support policing activities. The results were outstanding, with more than 230 police departments across 10 countries tweeting under the hashtag #poltwt, making it a top 10 trending topic around the globe.
Available to seniors from MedSign, "Daily Companion" is designed to provide EMTs instant access to emergency caller's health information and prescription meds upon arrival at the location. Daily Companion is a patented, first of its kind home-based telecare and personal emergency response medical alert system that provides global secure access to the callers critical health information and meds.
As the public safety community moves to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), mission-critical communications users now have the first Android-based ruggedized LTE smartphone designed for first responder field use. The InTouch RPC-200 by Harris Corporation operates on both commercial and private LTE networks, giving users mission-critical PTT voice, data, video, location, text-based information and other future applications.
The city of Fort Worth, Texas, the 17th largest city in the United States, purchased, configured, trained and successfully deployed WebEOC emergency management software from ESi in three-and-a-half months, just in time for the 2011 Super Bowl and an unexpected snow and ice storm in the days leading up to the big event. On January 30, only a week prior to "Super Week," the city also opened the doors to a brand-new emergency operations center.
The technological marvel rivals real time crime centers one might expect to see in New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles. It's an advanced system that cost the city nothing, but it's worrying some civil rights advocates that it may infringe on residents' privacy.
GammaTech Computer Corp., offers the Durabook R13C, an upgraded version of model R13S perfectly suited for a variety of applications, including law enforcement, military, homeland security, and mobile workers in any type of outdoor environment.
Getting to Go: The untold story of all the work and hand-shake partnerships leading up to an information-sharing project
How a driven law enforcement leader and an equally committed public safety software vendor created a blueprint for success for RMS-vendor neutral information sharing projects, with officer safety as the cornerstone.
Haystax Technology, Inc., a leading provider of advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions, has announced it will bolster school safety for the McAllen Independent School District (MISD), which spans 33 campuses and more than 30,000 students, teachers and employees in Texas' Rio Grande Valley. MISD will launch the Haystax School Safety Center, a cloud-based software platform that gives school administrators and public safety agencies a common operational picture of the school security...
Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) could be one of the most promising data sources for effective threat analysis in the coming years, and under the NSI program (National SAR Initiative), law enforcement agencies can submit local reports for analysis by participating agencies as well as compare their local reports to the broader database to find matches and vet threats for their regions. This kind of reporting and analysis is key to identifying people like those who, prior to 9/11, were...
As the nation struggled to understand how something like 9/11 could occur on American soil, information came to light about breakdowns in information sharing between law enforcement agencies that might have helped prevent it. Predictably, there was a heated outcry to fix those breakdowns in order to protect our citizens from similar threats in the future... So, what has been done since those dark days to improve information sharing and law enforcement intelligence analysis? Actually, quite a...
IBM is providing access to the IBM Cloud as part of the First Responder Application Challenge that runs through Dec.14. IBM and its partner Vencore, Inc., in coordination with USGIF and APCO, have teamed up to develop an application that enables the development and delivery of applications that can significantly improve the operational capability of first responders, be built and delivered on the cloud, and apply data and innovation to solve real-world problems.
IDV Solutions has integrated its Visual Fusion data visualization software with technology that enables public safety agencies to share emergency information in real time. The Visual Fusion integration with Unified Incident Command & Decision Support (UICDS) was demonstrated during a multi-agency simulation of a terror attack.
The IJIS Institute - a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security - announces the appointment of Tom Carlson, owner of Tom Carlson Consulting, as chair of the IJIS Institute Technical Advisory Committee (I-TAC).
Will County 9-1-1 in Illinois has deployed Exalt microwave backhaul systems to connect its new Public Safety Answering Point/dispatch center in Bolingbrook, Illinois with a regional switching center approximately 13 miles away. Bolingbrook PSAP dispatches emergency police and fire calls supporting the community’s 73,000 residents.
We live in a mobile era of cell phones, text messaging, instant messaging, and email. Information is only ever one search away on a computer, MDC, Smart Phone, or other handheld device, so the question becomes, why didn't the First Responders dispatched to this domestic dispute call illustrated above have this mission-critical and potentially life-saving information at their finger tips?
There are three areas of emergency communications that have seen progress, but need continued improvement: interoperability between responding agencies and other municipalities; incoming information to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and 9-1-1 dispatch centers; and delivering information to an engaged and connected public, given the rise in popularity of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
AlertID, which has enhances public safety and reduce crime, introduced its free mobile app and on-line services that redefine the way in which critical public safety information is communicated and shared among public safety officials and the citizens that they protect. AlertID is a free service for end users and public safety officials.
Information needs to be collected and routed through the intelligence chain to achieve success...The details that dispatchers, first responders, and emergency communication staff encounter can be critical to the genesis of good intelligence. Their insights can make all the difference when it comes to deciding if something is amiss and escalating that information or hunch to the appropriate levels.
Continuing to deliver on its commitment to the Public Safety Cloud, InterAct, a leading provider of incident-response and management solutions today announced the release of InterDEx, a next generation data sharing and agency interoperability platform. This nationwide platform allows public safety professionals to better communicate with each other and share data freely, simply and effectively even when they work for different agencies in different jurisdictions.
InterAct a leading provider of public safety solutions, has announced that its industry-leading PocketCop application is now available for qualified Android smartphones. PocketCop delivers real-time data to handheld devices, unleashing the power of situational awareness and total mobility to public safety. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the United States currently use PocketCop to give their officers, agents, and investigators wireless mobile access to critical...
Intermedix and Rave Mobile Safety have announced a new partnership integrating the companies’ emergency alert and crisis information management platforms. "Connectivity and interoperability are key components of effective emergency response," said Intermedix CEO Joel Portice. "The integration of WebEOC and Rave Alert is yet another example of our commitment to provide emergency preparedness personnel with the tools they need when they need them the most."
Intrado Inc. a subsidiary of West Corporation and the leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions, has announced that ShotSpotter Inc. and its Gunshot Location System (GLS) have been certified to join the Intrado next-generation 9-1-1 data partner program. ShotSpotter is collaborating with Intrado using its patented acoustic surveillance and analytics technologies to send timely and precise geographically specific multimedia alerts with valuable situational intelligence directly to 9-1-1...
Jackson County, MS Sheriff's Office Partners With PTS Solutions On Powerful New Information Sharing Initiative
Through an initiative led by Jackson County, MS Sheriff Mike Byrd, local law enforcement agencies using technologies provided by PTS Solutions and the Pegasus Program are being provided significant new law enforcement information sharing capabilities. This initiative provides law enforcement officers with better information to solve crimes and make communities safer.
SpectraRep LLC, an advanced solutions provider for emergency communications, announced that its IncidentOne technology was used to support video and file sharing among multiple agencies during the July 4th festivities in northern Virginia and on the National Mall. IncidentOne, a state-of-the-art, wireless emergency communications solution, delivered operational and crisis incident data to mobile emergency management command centers and police cruisers positioned around northern Virginia and...
In an emergency, seconds count. Making sure 9-1-1 call-takers and emergency responders have all the information they need can mean the difference between life and death. To assist in this critical task, King County is launching "Smart911," a supplemental data service that allows residents to create a personal safety profile in a secure database. That information can then be used to assist 9-1-1 call-takers and responders in the field.
On February 2, 2011, Lake County Emergency Management had to mobilize for the third-largest snowstorm to ever hit the area. Although the county's public safety agencies were prepared for the event, many of its residents were not. As the storm quickly escalated, calls came pouring in to assist stranded motorists and residents in need of medical attention. Coordination between first responders from several municipalities - some on snowmobiles, snowplows and front loaders - over a large area...
The Pierce County (WA) Prosecutor's Office convicted two Spanaway men arrested for weapons and drug charges after an extensive investigation. The joint investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was aided by the Law Enforcement Support Agency’s new real-time crime center, LARIAT (LESA Accelerated Response Using Integrated Analysis and Technology).
To ensure that communities are fully prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster, many school districts and their local police departments are conducting school safety exercises to test equipment and procedures. Earlier this month, the Orlando law enforcement community teamed up with the University of Central Florida (UCF), Valencia College, and Mutualink, a multimedia interoperable communications company, for a live demonstration of school safety technology.
With an 84-year history of providing advanced mission-critical communications, Motorola has paved the way in the development of Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) innovations by demonstrating the first public safety application over a live 700 MHz LTE connection in 2008. Since then, Motorola Solutions, Inc. continues to push the boundaries in LTE devices, applications and services...
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.
The Memex Solutions Team at SAS has integrated its Patriarch Intelligence Management Platform with the FBI’s eGuardian system for automating the distribution of tips and leads, or Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), related to counterterrorism
As the EMS community in Monmouth County (NJ) prepared to receive the casualties evacuating from New York City in the wake of the World Trade Center attack, the Field Comm unit from Middletown was requested to support the operation. As Field Comm Captain, I would deploy the unit, a 35-foot truck, built by Lynch Diversified Vehicles and purchased several years ago as a joint effort of the police and fire departments, and the city Office of Emergency Management. I
In a crisis, coordinated communication is critical to establishing command and control, maintaining situational awareness and coordinating response efforts across agencies and jurisdictions. When an emergency of any kind strikes, first responders must have immediate access to real-time, situational information.
Motorola Solutions PremierOne solution is another lifeline for first responders, allowing dispatchers to reliably communicate with police, fire and other emergency services in real time. In Prince William County, Virginia, citizens now benefit from dispatchers having better communications with neighboring agencies and priority information for first responders
Motorola Solutions has acquired PublicEngines, a privately held provider of cloud-based solutions that deliver crime analysis, predictive policing and citizen engagement capabilities for law enforcement agencies, governments and other organizations...
Motorola Solutions Inc. has announced the newest version of the MVX1000 Digital In-Car Video System R1.2 and Real-Time Video Intelligence R1.1 products that demonstrate Motorola’s leadership in public safety video technology.
Motorola Solutions' New Cloud Core Managed Service Helps Public Safety Agencies Accelerate Adoption of ASTRO 25 Technology
ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service from Motorola Solutions Inc. enables agencies to access the latest Project 25 (P25) land mobile radio (LMR) technology as well as provide a communications platform for long-term growth and new capabilities. Agencies can benefit from economies of scale and save on the overall cost of building and maintaining a P25 core solution allowing public safety personnel to focus on their day-to-day mission.
The way that public safety agencies communicate is changing dramatically. A significant majority - 70 percent - say getting data messages through is equal in importance to voice communications, according to the 2014 Public Safety Industry Study from Motorola Solutions.
Today, agencies lack an efficient way to quickly access the right information from multiple databases, and find it challenging to share information when responders are using different devices and networks... Intelligent Data Portal gathers contextual information from existing databases, organizes it, and maps it using layers to show the location of people, resources, events, alerts and developing situations.
Mutualink has introduced Edge @Team - one of the first-ever Push-to-Talk (PTT) offerings to enable users to securely send and receive streaming video, voice and text in real time. The added "Push to See" functionality is extremely useful for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and any organization using PTT as part of their daily communications needs. Unlike alternative solutions, @Team exists on a nationwide, secure broadband network, enabling unprecedented inter-agency communication.
Mutualink Offers Highly-Scalable Deployment Options for its Edge Communications Platform for Public Safety
Mutualink has announced a new deployment option for Mutualink Edge, a multimedia communications sharing platform for public safety and enterprise emergency preparedness launched in October 2013. The company's goal is to offer a scalable interoperability solution for secure internal and external communications for daily and emergency use.
Mutualink Partners with School Safety Expert in Shared Mission to Speed Response Time during School Emergencies
Mutualink has announced an alliance with one of the Nationâ€™s top school safety and security experts, William â€śBillâ€ť Smith, to improve schoolsâ€™ preparedness and response in emergency situations through advanced communications technology. As the founding member of American School Safety, LLC and principal of Jennings Smith Associates , Mr. Smith brings over thirty years of experience as a security consultant and is a renowned authority on US school safety and security issues.
LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced that the Nassau County (NY) Police Department has implemented an electronic crash reporting system that will drive internal efficiencies and improve services provided to the citizens of Nassau County. The new system enables the Nassau County PD to fully automate its accident reporting process, allowing its citizens to review and print reports electronically over the Internet.
The Memex Solutions Team at SAS, a leading provider of intelligence management, data integration, search and analysis solutions, has announced that the State of Nebraska's law enforcement fusion center, the Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC), has unveiled a public-facing Web site for collection of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) from the general public. The automated Web site delivers these time-sensitive tips and leads to the Memex software platform to help law enforcement...
The Muskogee City/County Enhanced 9-1-1 Trust Authority (OK) is implementing new technology that will enable information sharing and improve communication between all county public safety agencies. The Trust Authority recently signed a contract to license New World Systems' Aegis Suite of Public Safety software on the Microsoft platform to replace multiple disparate systems at public safety agencies throughout Muskogee County.
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...
New Everbridge System Harnesses the Power of the Social Universe to Help Organizations Gather Intelligence & Manage Mass Communications
Everbridge has announced that it has launched a first of its kind social and critical communications solutions suite that enables organizations with the ability to gather and evaluate real-time intelligence from social media as part of its communications strategy. The new solution provides organizations with a single, interactive communications console to not only monitor a situation and gather external intelligence using real-time social media, data feeds and updates from the field...
Until recently, access to database systems has been limited to mobile data terminals in officer’s cars. But now, officers are able to access information from anywhere in the field - either on their RIM BlackBerry smartphones with PocketCop or their laptops with InterAct Mobile. This eliminates the added time of going through a dispatcher from the car radio. PocketCop on a smartphone has the added advantage of being accessible when the officer is outside of the vehicle.
New Multimedia Toolkit Helps Local Governments Integrate 3-1-1 Disaster Response and Recovery Systems
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, and the 311 Synergy Group have announced release of a new multi-media DVD toolkit, "Integrating 311 into Disaster Response & Recovery." The kit is designed to assist local governments in better using their 311 or CRM (constituent relationship management) systems to share information with the public in the event of an emergency.
Dodge County Sheriff's Office, Wis. is partnering with an industry leader in public safety software to enhance information sharing. The Sheriff's Office has signed a contract to license New World Systems’ suite of Aegis Public Safety solutions to improve dispatching and access to information for the County's 21 public safety agencies.
The Cortland County Department of Emergency Response and Communications in New York has chosen Spillman Technologies for its Records Management System (RMS), Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD), Jail Management Software (JMS), and mobile software.
The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has been using the Risk-Based Inspection System (RBIS), an Oracle-based program with data-mining capabilities, to better anticipate where fires may spark. - via emergencymgmt.com
In honor of Americaâ€™s PrepareAthon! Day (April 30, 2015), Nextdoor.com, the free and private social network for neighborhoods, announced enhancements to Nextdoor for Public Agencies. The upgraded agency platform makes it easier for agencies and residents to connect and build stronger, safer and more resilient communities.
NICE Inform Crosses the 3,000 Mark: Flagship Public Safety Solution Achieves Milestone for Worldwide Deployments
NICE Systems has announced that it has surpassed a milestone of 3,000 worldwide systems deployed for NICE Inform, the company's flagship solution for managing multimedia incident information. Now in its seventh generation, NICE Inform has been widely adopted by emergency service centers around the globe to consolidate multimedia data for comprehensive analysis and insight.
NICE Systems Ltd. has introduced NICE Situator for public safety. The solution builds on NICE's leading Situation Management capabilities in the security sector to help public safety operations enhance emergency preparedness, improve situational awareness and streamline incident response.
Nokia Siemens Networks, Cisco, Harris first to complete initial phase 3 testing of public safety LTE broadband network
Nokia Siemens Networks, Cisco and Harris Corporation have successfully completed the initial section of the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program phase 3 Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Demonstration Network Test Plan. The public safety LTE test plan is an important step in facilitating secure, real-time, video, voice and data communication between emergency service personnel.
The North Tahoe Fire Protection District in California will soon begin speaking directly to the public during fire events in a most retro yet revolutionary way – using two portable broadcast radio transmitters. “We will deploy the transmitters to announce evacuation routes, shelter locations, or changes in those scenarios, as that kind of thing will change with the wind quite literally” states the District’s Chris Stulik.
Cross border public safety communications is a complex issue that affects all first responder organizations, which operate near the U.S. and Canadian border. Fire departments and EMS organizations are frequently asked to cross the national border to render aid. They may be the primary agency assigned to respond to an emergency across the border, or they may be supporting a local agency that needs additional assistance.
Public safety agencies in Tompkins County (NY) are using new Spillman software to access call information from the field and share critical law enforcement data with other local and state agencies. Using Spillman's Mobile software, field personnel have the ability to access dispatch information immediately without relying on radio communication. Spillman's Mobile Voiceless CAD module enables personnel to view updated call information on their laptops as it is entered by dispatchers, while...
Hundreds of Search & Rescue (SAR) personnel will come together on Prince Edward Island this October for SARScene - Canada's National Search and Rescue Conference. This is the information sharing event of the year, where federal, provincial, territorial, and regional attendees enhance their knowledge with training courses, conference sessions, meetings, field training, and exhibition
The IJIS Institute - a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing and safeguarding for justice, public safety, and homeland security - is pleased to announce Paul Wormeli, as the recipient of the 2016 Robert P. Shumate National Public Safety and Justice Contributor to Excellence Award,
If you travel across America you'll find that most cities and towns typically have separate police and fire stations and most of these stations also have their own dispatch centers. Even in some of the smallest towns in New England or the Midwest this still is the case. But with most states in a deep recession, taxpayers are questioning whether having separate facilities makes fiscal sense.
Pre-Hospital Care & 700 MHz Broadband for Mission Critical Public Safety Data - From Calling Rampart to Communicating with the Enterprise
Today our staff has many options when it comes to voice communications. We provide them high end portable radios with capabilities in VHF, digital, and even encrypted channels. They often carry a portable radio worth thousands of dollars... yet they still use these devices as glorified walkie-talkies. Rarely are these voice devices used to their full potential.
In support of the goal to improve emergency communications for our nation's citizens, the National 911 Program has released a Request for Information (RFI) to gather input about the establishment of a nationally uniform data system to document 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) call data and data related to the operation of local and State 9-1-1 systems.
As businesses take stock of the past year and consider what 2016 has in store for them, one thing that is unlikely to change is the risk of emergencies. Whatever the event, there is a constant need for vigilance and effective communication during a crisis, within and between organizations as well as from the private sector to the public safety community. What can change from year to year; however, are trends within the emergency communication industry that can impact how organizations prepare...
Formal ratification of the NENA i3 standard is urged for optimum public safety communications performance and interoperability. 911 Datamaster, Avaya, Cassidian Communications, Digital Data Technologies (DDTI), GeoComm, RedSky Technologies, Solacom and TeleCommunication Systems demonstrate unprecedented collaboration in support of standards-based public safety technologies
The Redwood City (CA) Police Department is using Netop's Live Guide video and text chat to allow community members to have real-time, interactive video chats directly with Redwood City police officers. Live Guide utilizes the latest technology for two-way text, audio and video chat, offering another way for the community to connect with the Police Department.
SafetyPAD partners with Boston area hospital to allow electronic sharing of patient data from Boston EMS
OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, announced that Brigham and Women's Hospital implemented its automated Web Services application programming interface (API) to receive pre-hospital patient data from Boston Emergency Medical Services. The technology ensures that hospital staff receive critical information documented in SafetyPAD pre-hospital reports by first responders for patients transported to their hospital.
The San Rafael Police Department (SRPD) in northern Californina has partnered with BAIR Analytics Inc, a LexisNexis Company, to provide public crime mapping to their public through RAIDS Online. RAIDS Online makes it easier for San Rafael residents to keep track of crime in their area. BAIR offers RAIDS Online as a free service to any law enforcement agency who wishes to participate.
The Bermuda Police Service has long used the Memex intelligence platform for its Intelligence Unit. The BPS recently rebuilt its Custody facilities and environment as it furthers its PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) compliance. BPS explored an enterprise solution for its entire booking and case management process, and selected SAS' Memex product line. BPS officials had a chance to observe a similar system being deployed at the Surrey (UK) Police Force before its decision.
SceneDoc Releases v4.0 "Timeline" Upgrade to its Mobile Data Collection and Retrieval Platform for Public Safety
Public safety’s first all-in-one mobile software for data collection and retrieval, has announced availability of SceneDoc 4.0, a major upgrade aimed at both patrol officers and investigators that drives simplified data gathering, with capability to improve and increase both incident and non-incident related data collection.
For the second year, SCRA Applied R&D's wide-area situational awareness software, Alastar, was utilized during the Cooper River Bridge Run to ensure emergency personnel had a complete and accurate picture of activities occurring before, during and after the race.
When seconds count in severe weather,SkyGuard Mobile ensures a swift response by delivering site-specific severe weather warnings directly into the hands of the end user - combined with quick and direct access to their organization's standard operating procedures for that type of weather emergency. SkyGuard Mobile from AccuWeather gives enterprise users constant access to the information they need for preparing and responding to severe weather, whether they are in the office, at a job site,...
Most people would agree that communications within a Police Department is critical to the daily and safe operation of any community. An unfortunate trend has caught on, though, perhaps in response to tight municipal budgets and officer layoffs... Recognizing that a more effective and safe solution would significantly increase the speed and accuracy of communications from the field, PDV took the lead by creating an application called SkyMail, which allows police officers to quickly and...
Rave Mobile Safety, a leading provider of software safety solutions, today announced that Smart911 is now available to nearly 4 million users, across multiple municipalities and states through their Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). In its first year of availability, Smart911 has been deployed in over a dozen states and is making communities safer. Smart911 allows citizens to enter personal information online, which is then automatically available to a 9-1-1 call taker, in the event...
Over the years, Land Mobile Radios (LMR) and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) Systems have been designed and adapted to meet the unique needs of public safety users. While these systems will remain as critical tools for public safety personnel, it is important that agencies select the applications that deploy to seamlessly integrate with existing LMR and CAD systems. Islands of information created by separate or poorly integrated tools can create a lack of coordination, inefficiency and actually...
A groundbreaking interface created by Spillman Technologies is helping Wisconsin public safety agencies submit law enforcement data to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Spillman is the first vendor to create an interface that allows Wisconsin agencies to submit data to the Wisconsin Justice Information Sharing (WIJIS) program office in N-DEx format.
Application allows agencies to access critical data on a mobile device. Public safety personnel can access records, images, and dispatch information on a smartphone or iPad using a new software application from Spillman Technologies. The Spillman Touch application allows users to see critical alerts, outstanding warrants, and warnings in situations where desktop or laptop computers aren't accessible, such as on motorcycle patrol.
New software and technology from New World Systems is providing the Sterling Heights, Mich. Police Department with easy access to critical information that is enhancing investigations. On January 18, 2012, a masked man entered a Sterling Heights pharmacy attempting to get narcotics. After a brief struggle with the pharmacist the man fled, leaving behind a prescription bottle with a partial name, and a witness able to provide a vehicle description...
SunGard Public Sector, a leading provider of software and services solutions for local government and public safety agencies, today announced a strategic engagement with Socrata, a cloud software company focused on democratizing access to public sector data - both internally and externally - by and for organizations of all sizes around the world. This engagement can help local governments and public safety agencies
Super Bowl Security Team Scores Big with Mutualink's Real-Time Communication and Collaboration Technology
Mutualink's communications platform enabled secure, real-time collaboration and information sharing among local, state and federal agencies, as well as private entities such as utilities and mass transit. The technology provided unprecedented situational awareness to law enforcement, protecting nearly 2 million football enthusiasts who converged on the Bay Area last week.
Thales has launched its new end-to-end integrated and distributed Long Term Evolution (LTE) solution for the US public safety market. Thales's LTE solution is the only network with a corresponding push-to-talk smart phone that offers a fully distributed architecture for the public safety and first responder communities.
Inner city gang thugs moving from the cities and literally raping, pillaging, and plundering rural America's smaller cities. Like locusts moving from one town to the next, leaving nothing but crime ridden and drug infested cities now mere shadows of their former selves in the wake of the gangsters leaving and those staying behind -- like enemy troops on occupied territory.
The Emergency Services professions all across America are facing some tough challenges. The result has been a reduction in manpower and resources in all areas of Police/Fire/EMS. Despite these cutbacks, the public still wants the safety and security of their families provided for. The only solution to these mounting issues going forward is simple, Police/Fire/EMS need to begin adopting to the new innovative technologies beginning to become available. These new innovations will allow these...
Technological advances in clinical data exchange between EMS service providers and hospitals are of growing importance. Decisions made in the ER are only as good as the information they receive and the ease of access they have to that data... Electronic Patient Care Reporting (ePCR) systems allow EMTs and paramedics to collect and utilize incident and patient EMS data not only for their own agency, but for the hospital on the receiving end.
New technology alone is not always a positive force â€“ it must be accompanied by sensible policies that ensure the investments are making the greatest possible impact, chief among them mastering the use of interoperability, analytics and scalability in conducting business in public safety.
Three public safety agencies in San Juan County are utilizing a shared Spillman software system in an effort to better patrol Utah's biggest county. Last month, the Monticello and Blanding police departments began sharing Spillman data on a server hosted by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. The system enables all three agencies to exchange instant messages, images, and name, vehicle, and property records.
Atrus, Inc, and the Town of Palm Beach have announced a new partnership aimed at saving lives in the Town with the addition of Atrus’ AED Link system. This new information system will assist 9-1-1 dispatchers in helping callers locate life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available near sudden cardiac arrest victims.
TriTech Software Systems Partners with Nlets to Introduce a Cloud-based Public Safety Intelligence Application
TriTech Software Systems has announced its strategic partnership with Nlets as its hosting services provider for TriTech.com IQ, the cloud-based version of its award-winning Inform IQ public safety intelligence solution. As the premier, trusted interstate justice and public safety data transmission network, Nlets provides a highly secure and reliable hosting facility for TriTech.com cloud-based services.
Two agencies in Davis County, Utah, have purchased a public safety software system from Spillman for its tight integration and data sharing capabilities. The Woods Cross Police Department and the North Salt Lake Police Department have each purchased Spillman for Records Management (RMS) and mobile public safety software systems.
ISS Global has announced that the United Kingdom's National Counter Terrorism Network has now begun using its Dfuze intelligence management tool. The Networkâ€™s six Counter Terrorism Units around the UK formally "went live" with the tool this week, enabling them to instantaneously share critical intelligence information across the national network for the first time.
At last month's Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (Toronto, Ontario), the Microsoft Technology Innovation 2012 Award (MTIA) was presented the University of Windsor's Community Police for their work in incorporating technology into their organization allowing for the sharing of information in real-time between multiple organizations to increase interoperability among public safety departments - college and corresponding regional, provincial and federal first responders.
You don't have to look too far to see how technology has changed the way we go about our day. From checking our email on our smartphones first thing in the morning to using GPS when we get in our cars, technology keeps changing and it keeps adjusting to the needs of the people who use it. These solutions have grown out of a problem that people need to have solved, whether it's a way to receive messages in a more timely manner or to find accurate directions. Both of these technological...
As the last ten years have seen huge advancements in the communication technologies we use in our everyday connected lifestyles with smart phones, tablet PCs, netbooks, and the like, there has also been a paradigm shift in how we gather, consume and disseminate information. No longer must we rely on the media for telling us what is happening around the world, but we now can plug directly into news channels via social media outlets, situational awareness alerting services, blogs, etc. to...
In a collaborative effort to provide a richer set of information - including voice, data and video - to the front lines, Verizon and Intrado are teaming to advance the state of 9-1-1 emergency services in the U.S. Under a strategic business agreement, the two companies later this year will roll out advanced capabilities that will be available to 9-1-1 centers nationwide to enable them to keep pace with today's rapidly changing telecommunications systems and the way people expect to...
The IJIS Institute - a nonprofit organization focused on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security - is pleased to announce the Washington D.C. Metro Police Department MPD Aware project as the recipient of the IJIS Institute Innovation Award. The award celebrates the accomplishments of the police department along with MPD Aware industry partners, Microsoft and Esri.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Mark First Year of Live Operation with Integrated Public Safety Software System from CODY Systems
CODY Systems, an industry leader in integrated software solutions for real-time collection, analysis and sharing of critical data for public safety, law enforcement, regulatory enforcement and intelligence agencies, reported that as of Oct. 15, 2010, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police (WDFW) has marked its first year of live operation with a full implementation of CODY's integrated software suite, including Desktop Records Management and Mobile Records Management and Field...
Watertown, SD Consortium of Law Enforcement Agencies Select Zuercher Technologies to Provide Public Safety Software Upgrade
A group of law enforcement agencies in northeastern South Dakota have selected Zuercher Technologies to upgrade their public safety software system to ledsSuite. The agencies are all part of a regional law enforcement consortium and will have access to the new system and its benefits. These agencies include the Day County Sheriff's Office, Estelline Police Department, Hamlin County Sheriff's Office, Sisseton Police Department, Hayti Police Department, Webster Police Department, Codington...
South Sound 911, an interlocal agency created in an effort to consolidate public safety answering points (PSAPs) in Pierce County, Washington, has selected Intergraph's public safety solutions to replace multiple disparate systems and support multi-site, multi-jurisdictional, multi-discipline response. The project includes multiple PSAPs for police, fire and EMS in Washington state’s second most populous county.
Public safety agencies across Wyoming that use Spillman Technologies' software solutions gained access to three new products after a statewide purchase proposed by the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP). Agencies will streamline data entry processes using Spillman's Report Beam Crash and XML Citations interfaces, while also increasing data-sharing capabilities through Spillman's InSight data sharing module.
Based on Zetronâ€™s proven Acom solution, AcomNOVUS utilizes an enterprise-class server architecture to build on the established Acom system that is used in complex communication centers throughout the world. As a result, AcomNOVUS delivers the unmatched customization for which Zetronâ€™s Acom platform is known...