FirstNet Provides Continuity for Washington DC Emergency Call Center During Pandemic

FirstNet Provides Continuity for Washington DC Emergency Call Center During Pandemic

By Lori Stone, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck our Nation, first responders began to face a new set of challenges that changed operations for many public safety agencies and call centers. The District of Columbia’s emergency communications center, the Office of Unified Communications (OUC) quickly made accommodations to support remote call taking to keep call takers safe while continuing to be a one-stop shop for emergency communications in the Nation’s capital. READ MORE

Why a unified communications platform is imperative for public safety

Informed decision-making rests at the core of an effective response to any incident or event. Whether public or private sector, organizations must be capable of building a real-time, accurate picture of what’s happening. More importantly, they must be capable of doing so quickly and across multiple channels, without falling prey to misinformation or suffering from a lack of visibility…

Public Safety Advocate: FirstNet and WiFi, FCC to License 4-9 GHz Spectrum to States

Public Safety Advocate: FirstNet and WiFi, FCC to License 4-9 GHz Spectrum to States

I have several things on my mind this week. The first concerns how WiFi fits into FirstNet communications. The second is the sudden decision by the FCC Chairman, who seems to have the votes, to license the 4.9-GHz spectrum currently licensed to multiple public-safety agencies under FCC Part 90, to the individual states. To understand what might happen if the spectrum is handed over to the states, we will look at the last time the FCC followed this path and licensed a block of 700-MHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) spectrum to the states…

RapidDeploy Enters into Agreements with Google, OnStar, ADT, Priority Dispatch and Rave Mobile Safety to Transform U.S. Emergency Response Systems

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — RapidDeploy, the industry’s only truly open and integrated emergency response platform, announced today that the company will directly integrate supplemental emergency data from some of the largest and most influential companies in technology and public safety. Google, OnStar, ADT, Priority Dispatch® and Rave Mobile Safety are the most recent additions to RapidDeploy’s Unified Critical Response (UCR) ecosystem, which already has partnerships with AT&T, Microsoft, AT&T FirstNet, and Esri, among others… READ MORE

FirstNet is Transforming Public Safety Communications for a Safer Tomorrow

FirstNet is Transforming Public Safety Communications for a Safer Tomorrow

By Brian Crawford, FirstNet Authority Board Member

As our country faces challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, first responders continue to answer the call to protect our communities while experiencing a unique set of challenges of their own. I am a 30-year fire service veteran and the former City Manager of Shreveport, LA. I know that in times of need, we rely on readily available technologies that give us what we need, when we need it. For the first time in the history of this country, first responders have access to a network designed specifically to keep them connected as they serve and protect communities. And that connection is now, more than ever, critical. READ MORE