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The Fifth Annual California Mobile Command Center Rally took place on May 8th in Sacramento. With 30 state-of-the-art mobile command and communication centers of all shapes and sizes, from law enforcement, fire, EMS, military, utility companies and other support agencies, this year's open-vehicle display focused on interoperability, networking, and the interactive capabilities of diverse disciplines in major incident command and coordination.
The flood of new technology makes it easier than ever to reach out and communicate with someone, right? Think again. While it's true that communicating with "someone" may indeed be easier, achieving dependable communications with "everyone" on a moment's notice and in an emergency crisis is at least as much of a challenge as ever. So why is that?
The city of St. Louis is launching a new initiative to make one of its most violent districts, the 21st Ward, a much safer place through a combination of initiatives. The goal is to bring the residents together to fight against crime and take back their neighborhoods. The city will be supporting these efforts by providing high-tech crime-fighting tools such as funding the installation of state-of-the-art surveillance cameras in key locations and working directly with the community to...
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...
Bentonville, Arkansas Police Improve Efficiency and Save Valuable Time With digiTICKET eCitation Solution
Saltus Technologies, a leading provider of innovative electronic ticketing systems for public safety, reports that the Bentonville, Arkansas Police Department has successfully deployed digiTICKET on 15 Motorola handheld mobile computers. The system is designed to reduce the amount of time needed for the officer to issue one or multiple citations, eliminate data errors, and reduce administrative costs.
The long-awaited nationwide public safety broadband network is moving closer to reality with the passage of legislation giving public safety both the spectrum and funding needed to build the network.
CalAmp Corp., a leading provider of wireless products, services and solutions, has announced the availability of the Harrier-900 multimode wireless router, the first programmable digital communications device to combine both licensed and unlicensed 900-MHz-range radio spectrum capability. The Harrier-900 is ideally suited for mission-critical operations in public safety and other markets.
The future has arrived at the Yurok Reservation in Northern California. Historically the entire reservation, including every public safety agency, were forced to share a single T1 line causing communications bottlenecks and slower than dial-up connections. Now, the Yurok community has a dedicated public safety line in order to access criminal databases and will soon have the ability to conduct live video training with their fire fighters, support clinics that can perform virtual...
Columbitech Inc., a leading mobile VPN security provider, reports that police, fire and dispatch workers in Cambridge, a city of 106,000 in the Greater Boston area, now use SecureConnect to securely access case notes and dispatch information from smartphones, tablet computers and laptops in compliance with the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services policy. SecureConnect supports Apple iOS, Mac OS, Android and Windows devices
Redline Communications Group Inc., a leading provider of specialized broadband wireless solutions for industrial machine-to-machine applications, has received a contract to expand a wireless video surveillance network in the City of Cancun, Mexico. Redline outdoor broadband wireless equipment will provide M2M connectivity between cameras located throughout the city and the central automated monitoring center.
Carlson Wireless's LongHaul ST Exceeds All Expectations during Field Tests for Municipal Traffic Monitoring
Monitoring traffic cameras from a single location in a busy urban environment requires fast, robust links that don't lose bandwidth over a "daisy chain" of microwave links. LongHaul ST, the new lightning-fast Ethernet bridge from Carlson Wireless, offers this kind of performance head and shoulders above the competitors, according to an independent field test.
Cisco has made significant enhancements to its 5900 Series Embedded Services Router (ESR) product line, including the availability of the Cisco 5915 Embedded Services Router and updates to the Cisco 5940 Embedded Services Router. The 5900 ESR series of high-performance, ruggedized routers optimized for mobile and embedded networks expands the capabilities of the Cisco Mobile Ready Net solution architecture - the Cisco vision for the network of the future that continuously adapts to allow...
Cisco Updates Embedded Services Routers for Personnel Operating Beyond Reach of Traditional Fixed-Network Infrastructure
Cisco has announced enhancements to its 5900 Series Embedded Services Router (ESR) product line, including the 5940 ESR and 5915 ESR, to bring improved performance and added features to the ruggedized routers. The updates expand the capabilities of Cisco Mobile Ready Net solution architecture, establishing a scalable mobile network that connects organizational resources with a high degree of security to connect users how, when and where they need.
Tiburon, Inc., a leading provider of integrated Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and records management public safety software for on-premises and secure cloud solutions, has announced that the City of Fife, Washington Police Department selected Tiburon to upgrade their current Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) to the industry's fastest growing multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, cloud-enabled platform - Tiburon's CAD and RMS.
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...
Today, state and local governments must provide citizen services with tighter budget constraints than ever before. These challenges force governments to pick and choose between programs and services often putting citizens and government employees in jeopardy. Innovative, collaborative, virtualization technology is a key solution to address this ever-growing problem.
Founded by a deputy fire chief with 26 years of first responder experience, ELERTS is building a smartphone/tablet-based emergency alert system that turns citizens into assets for first responders - and gives first responders vastly better tools with which to communicate.
Exalt Communications has announced that the Rock County Communications Center in Rock County, WI is using Exalt microwave backhaul systems to unify emergency communications services across the county's 720 square miles and enable the center to quickly migrate its backhaul network to all-digital while dramatically reducing equipment costs.
Exalt Communications has announced that GovNET Inc., a specialized telecommunications carrier with significant expertise building broadband networks in the western U.S., is deploying Exalt ExploreAir LR microwave backhaul systems in Arizona as a part of the country's most advanced statewide multi-agency network, serving public safety, education, and healthcare.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has announced that the nation's four largest wireless carriers - AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile - have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-9-1-1, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014.
The city of Houston has deployed Firetide's high-performance wireless mesh network as part of a Homeland Security-funded initiative to improve public safety in the downtown area. The network is a communications foundation that connects IP video cameras, located at 134 traffic intersections, allowing first responders in Houston to centrally monitor activity in the downtown area from a command center 24 x 7.
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has announced that its BeOn has become the industry's first solution to enable public safety subscribers on a cellular or public safety LTE network to talk to each other, exchange text messages and pass real-time location information to connected team members and the dispatcher's computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) system.
First responders in Miami-Dade County, Florida are on the air with 700 MHz Band 14 LTE and are poised to take advantage of the benefits of next generation wireless broadband technology. The program, one of the first of its kind, demonstrates the potential for real-time access to databases and video for the 35 municipalities of Miami-Dade - putting integrated, mission-specific information into the hands of Miami-Dade County police officers who respond, on average, to roughly 12 million calls...
Intrado Inc., a subsidiary of West Corporation and a leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions, and Hawaiian Telcom, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc., the largest full-service provider of communications services, products and solutions in Hawaii, today announced an exciting new collaboration to bring Next-Generation (NextGen) 9-1-1 products and services to public safety answering points (PSAPs) and residents statewide.
When the Nassau County Police Department was looking to increase its security coverage for the second presidential debate, which took place on October 16th at Hofstra University, it turned to Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group's Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems for MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, and a range of its wireless technologies to create a complete system for the event.
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.
Designated the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), its developers depict it as "a combination of tools, technologies, and an innovative concept of operations for emergency response." It's what a lot of us in public safety have been waiting for since laptops and mobile computers first found a place inside our command centers, mobile command vehicles, and chief officers' vehicles
InterAct has announced an expansion of their strategic partnership with Nlets, the International Justice and Public Safety Network provider, to accelerate the deployment of the InterAct Public Safety Cloud. As part of this partnership expansion, InterAct will migrate the hosting of their InterAct Records Management System (RMS) application to the Nlets data center.
Intrado Inc., a subsidiary of West Corporation and a leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions, recently debuted its Emergency Assist solution in the United States. This new service enables a wireless carrier to quickly locate a mobile device even when it is not in use by the subscriber.
Columbitech Inc., a leading mobile VPN security provider, has announced that the police department of Lowell, Massachusetts uses the Columbitech Mobile VPN to access criminal data in compliance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services policy.
The U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration took action in early 2012 to ensure improved interoperability for future public safety communications. A new law adopted in February 2012 includes changes to public safety broadband communications policy that will drive public safety needs for the next decade and beyond. Public Safety LTE a How-to Guide - FirstNet Edition, produced by Alcatel-Lucent, takes a look at new capabilities for public safety, what LTE is, what it does and how state and...
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...
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.
Motion Computing's New LINCWorks Portable Wireless Devices Make Instant Network Connectivity a Reality Anywhere
The new Motion Computing LINCWorks RDA (Rugged Deploy Anywhere) wireless solution was designed specifically for otherwise unstable, hostile response environments. With the RDA's self-contained, portable design and standalone battery power, dead zones in disaster areas become active, standalone - yet reliable - wireless networks with both voice and data connectivity capabilities in minutes.
Motorola Solutions and Verizon Wireless Enter Alliance to Bring LTE Advantages to Public Safety Customers Across the United States
Motorola Solutions and Verizon Wireless have announced an alliance to bring all the advantages of an advanced wireless communication solution to public safety customers across the U.S. This first-of-its-kind solution combines a private public safety-controlled broadband network tailored for mission critical operations with the benefits of the most extensive and reliable commercial networks in the country.
NetMotion Wireless recently announced the launch of the cloud version of Locality, the cellular network management solution Mesa Police Department, Oregon State Police and St. Paul Police rely on to troubleshoot cellular network connectivity issues to improve officer safety, increase field unit productivity, extend investments in technology and service contracts, and reduce IT help desk tickets.
NetMotion Wireless Broadens Modem Coverage for Locality Cellular Network Performance Management Software
NetMotion Wireless, provider of software to secure, manage and optimize an organization's mobile data deployment, has announced Locality cellular network performance management software now supports in-vehicle ("trunk mounted") AirLink intelligent gateways from Sierra Wireless. Powered by ALEOS embedded intelligence for ease of deployment and management, and built with a highly rugged design, AirLink devices have been prevalent across public safety and other field service fleets for more than...
NetMotion Wireless, provider of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software, has announced a major new release of their NetMotion Mobility (formerly Mobility XE) mobile VPN software. For organizations that depend on their mobile field workers, this release includes important new features that enable Mobility to be the central control point from which public safety agencies and other users secure, manage, and optimize connectivity for critical field resources.
New FBI CJIS Security Policy Provides Method for Tiburon Clients Using iPad and Other Tablet Devices to Perform NCIC Queries
Tiburon, Inc., a leading provider of public safety software solutions, has announced that the recent version 5.2 update to the FBI CJIS Security Policy now provides an approved method for the Company's iPad, Android and Windows 8 tablet users to conduct queries of criminal justice information (e.g., NCIC queries) in accordance with FBI Policy.
New Mexico Police Department Deploys Columbitech Mobile VPN to Improve Officers' Safety and Connectivity in Remote Areas
Columbitech Inc., a leading mobile VPN security provider, has announced that the New Mexico State Police has deployed the FIPS 140-2 certified Columbitech Mobile VPN on laptops used in more than 500 police cars across the state. The Columbitech Mobile VPN improves officers' safety by providing secure, uninterrupted access to mission-critical applications such as vehicle registration and warrant databases as officers move in and out of coverage and connects via 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and satellite.
Cambium Networks, a global leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, has launched PTP 650, a new sub-6 GHz addition to its field-proven PTP portfolio. The new product's flexibility, high capacity, reliability and security are ideally suited for wireless backhaul applications for public safety and government markets.
Today's traffic-monitoring project and public safety agency demands higher data throughput and lower latency - at an affordable price. The LongHaul ST series is Carlson Wireless's answer to these requirements, with both an indoor rackmount version as well as an outdoor integrated antenna.
On March 1, 2011 the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) unanimously voted to support the concept of a single nationwide broadband network for public safety instead of the network of networks approach. At an ex parte discussion held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for invited representatives of public safety, NPSTC made the strong case for a single flexible, reliable, and vibrant national broadband network, presenting high-level conceptual drawings to...
The NPSTC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Working Group has submitted a list of current and conceptual broadband applications at the request of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).
The principal purpose of this document is to define, from the perspective of the NPSTC, broadband public safety PTT requirements for consideration by FirstNet as it embarks on its mission to deploy the nation's first Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), along with other international standards bodies.
NPSTC's Broadband Working Group Publishes Local Control in the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
As the long-awaited public safety broadband network moves closer to reality with the passage of legislation last month, NPSTC's Broadband Working Group (BBWG) has been working to identify public safety requirements for the nationwide public safety 700 MHz broadband network.
Officials for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently asked jurisdictions with plans to deploy public-safety LTE systems during the next year to stop their work to ensure that money is not wasted on equipment that will not integrate into the nationwide broadband network. .
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...
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.
Hamilton Township Police Department (NJ) has gone "live" with ProPhoenix Computer Aided Dispatch, Wireless Digital Assistant Mobile, and Records Management solutions. With a population of 26,500 and a yearly call volume of 61,000, Hamilton Township wanted an integrated solution that would solve their data sharing needs. ProPhoenix was selected because of their ability to provide a modern cost effective solution while providing high customer satisfaction.
At last week's LandWarNet Conference in Tampa, Florida, Cisco introduced its latest wireless router, the 5915, the latest offering in the company's 5900 Series Embedded Services Router (ESR) product line. The new router is optimized for mobile and embedded networks and expands the capabilities of the Cisco Mobile Ready Net solution architecture with such new components as Dynamic Link Exchange Protocol (DLEP) and the latest Radio Aware Routing (RAR), and is designed to ensure communications...
Raytheon Company RTN has been awarded the first competitive Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) contract in the nation, as well as the first contract under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), for recipients of the FCC 700 MHz Broadband Waiver.
Handheld, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and smartphones, had announced a new offering from business partner, Ascent Rugged Mobile. The SAIFE Sentry combines Cummings Engineering's SAIFE encryption software with Handheld's Nautiz X1 ultra-rugged smartphone, for a tough and secure mobile solution.
In Motion Technology and Bradshaw Consulting Services, Inc. have announced that Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service has deployed the onBoard Mobile Gateway and MARVLIS (Mobile Area Routing and Vehicle Location Information System) to improve communications and increase efficiency in its emergency dispatch, routing, and operations, improving response times and patient outcomes.
The Mobile Satellite Trailer (MST) from Skycasters offers business grade satellite solutions with the convenience of a fully customizable, self-contained, high-speed Internet communications trailer. Capable of providing Wi-Fi, VoIP and RoIP, the 14’ MST can be used for deploying a wireless network, video surveillance and cellular backhaul.
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...
Smith Micro & In Motion Technology Partner to Provide End-to-End Connection Management for Public Safety
Smith Micro Software, Inc. has announced a partnership with In Motion Technology to deliver secure, reliable wireless connectivity for both in-vehicle and hand-held mobile devices used by public safety agencies. The combination of Smith Micro's QuickLink Mobility connection management software and In Motion's onBoard Connection Manager software will provide first responders with timely access to critical information.
Smith Micro and Panasonic Partner to Improve Mobility Management for Enterprises, Public Sector, and M2M Environments
Smith Micro Software, Inc. has announced a partnership with Panasonic to address mobility management challenges for customers. Panasonic will team with Smith Micro to offer enhanced wireless security, connectivity, data traffic and device management solutions to a variety of enterprise, M2M and public sector markets.
In 2010, the State of Georgia received a grant to bring mobile connectivity to approximately 100 EMS agencies statewide. For Southside Fire and other EMS services, a mobile broadband solution would allow teams in the field to not only file their reports with the state portal from the ambulance, but also transmit patient information to hospitals while en route.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, has acquired privately-held microDATA GIS, Inc., a leading provider of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) software and solutions.
Textron Systems Convenes Leading Voices to Discuss What It Will Take To Build A Successful Public Safety Broadband Network
On January 28th, 2013, Textron Systems convened 25 panelists and 80 participants for a robust conversation about the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) and what it will take for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which has oversight over the development of the PSBN, to deliver a network that will achieve the goal set out by the 9/11 Commission.
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...
Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, announces the Toughbook 53, a 14" High Definition LED display, semi-rugged notebook. Starting at only 5.6 pounds and delivering up to 10 hours of battery life, the Toughbook 53 provides a highly reliable and versatile device that delivers high performance computing.
Carlson's Trailblazer is the most reliable, simple-to-use and effective wireless solution for backhauling any public safety two-way voice system. This all-in-one solution provides the same interfaces and ease-of use of traditional leased lines - with the added benefits of being wireless.
In Motion Technology, a leader in mobile networking systems, has announced that Tri-State Ambulance, sole 9-1-1 advanced life support provider for the Seven Rivers Region, is enhancing their overall strategic deployment of emergency medical services with the onBoard Mobile Gateway.
First responders and emergency personnel across the United States will be able to better respond to emergencies and routine activities by tapping into the power of mobile broadband, with the introduction of a new vehicle-based modem that enables applications such as ultra-fast database access, photos and streaming video.
The 2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report, which draws upon Verizon data between January 2012 and June 2013, examines current cloud adoption and usage trends - both in terms of how organizations are deploying cloud technologies and what they want from enterprise-grade cloud services. It considers the factors driving adoption; the growth in demand for VMs, memory, and storage; and expectations for the future of the cloud.
Verizon Wireless and In Motion Technology have announced the first wireless mobile router system available for securely extending the enterprise network to the vehicle over the world's largest 4G LTE network. The In Motion Technology onBoard system includes a Mobile Gateway that transforms vehicles into secure, mobile hotspots; a network management system that monitors network health and communications; and a mobile-optimized VPN server providing end-to-end security
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications systems, announced that the new release of its DCS-5020 Digital Console System is able to support communications on iDEN networks through Motorola i365 portable radios. This strengthens the DCS-5020's position as a leading console system that supports interoperable communications among different networks.
Zetron's MAX Dispatch system is now fully operational on a tablet PC or laptop. This gives public-safety agencies and communication control centers the freedom to respond quickly and deliver remote, temporary, backup or mobile dispatching quickly, securely, and affordably.