Zetron to Address How LMR Companies Are Embracing Public Safety Broadband at IWCE

Zetron, a global leader in integrated mission critical communications technology, today announced that Paul Moskowitz, Vice President, and John Martyn, Senior Product Manager, will present at IWCE 2021: Connecting Critical Communications, taking place September 27-30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Zetron’s Moskowitz and Martyn will speak in a session titled “How LMR Companies are Embracing LTE / Public Safety Broadband” on Monday, September 27 at 10:15 a.m. PT at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The IWCE Power Session will examine how LMR (land mobile radio) systems are integral to public safety, and how users’ LMR systems can be enhanced with the integration of LTE. During the session, municipal and government leaders will learn how LMR providers are embracing public safety broadband…

APCO International Releases 6th Edition of Communications Training Officer Course

Alexandria, Va. – The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has recently launched an update to the APCO Communications Training Officer (CTO) course. This course provides comprehensive training to experienced telecommunicators on the roles and responsibilities of CTOs in running an agency’s one-on-one training program. Previous editions of the CTO program have been implemented in hundreds of agencies nationwide. Two versions of the updated course are available: CTO 6th Edition and CTO 6th Edition Instructor. Delivery begins in January 2022, and both are now open for registration…

Senators Markey and Rubio Applaud Commerce Committee Passage of “Secure Equipment Act”

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation will block technology manufactured by companies that pose a threat to national security

Washington (August 4, 2021) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today applauded the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee’s markup of their bipartisan legislation, the Secure Equipment Act of 2021. This bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules clarifying that it will no longer review or issue new equipment licenses to companies – such as the People’s Republic of China state-backed firms Huawei and ZTE – on the agency’s “Covered Equipment or Services List” that pose a national security threat. The FCC is required to maintain this list under the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, which laid out detailed criteria for determining what communications equipment or services pose an unacceptable risk to U.S. safety.

In 2020, the FCC adopted new rules to require that U.S. telecommunications carriers rip and replace equipment provided by “covered” companies. While that was an important step, those rules only apply to equipment purchased with federal funding. The very same equipment can still be used if purchased with private or non-federal government dollars. Senators Markey and Rubio introduced the Secure Equipment Act to close this loophole and further prevent identified security threats from having a presence in U.S. telecommunications networks. Subsequently, the FCC initiated a rulemaking that mirrors the lawmakers’ proposal. Today’s legislation builds on the FCC’s ongoing proceeding and ensures that the agency takes timely action on this issue.

“In today’s increasingly connected world, we must animate our technology with our values,” said Senator Markey. “That’s why our bipartisan legislation will keep compromised equipment out of U.S. telecommunications networks and ensure our technology is safe for consumers and secure for the United States. I’m proud to partner with Senator Rubio on this proposal and I thank the Commerce Committee for advancing our bill. I look forward to now fighting for its swift passage by the full Senate.”

“The Chinese Communist Party will stop at nothing to exploit our laws and undermine our national security,” said Senator Rubio. “Chinese state-directed companies, like Huawei and ZTE, have no place in our telecommunications network. This bill would keep compromised equipment from bad actors out of critical U.S. infrastructure. I am pleased that the Commerce Committee advanced this bill, and I look forward to its ultimate passage on the Senate floor.”

Representative Anna Eshoo (CA-18) and Representative Steve Scalise (LA-01) have also introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives, which was recently advanced by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“The Secure Equipment Act of 2021 will help keep our country safe by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders. These latest efforts align with my efforts to update the Federal Communications Commission’s equipment authorization procedures,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Acting Chairwoman. “I thank Senators Markey and Rubio for their dedication to this issue–having this policy written into the law will send a strong, bipartisan signal that the United States is serious about developing a robust market for secure 5G alternatives.”

“I applaud Senator Rubio and Senator Markey for their leadership and work to secure America’s communications networks,” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. “Their legislation would help ensure that insecure gear from companies like Huawei, ZTE, and other Chinese state-backed entities can no longer be inserted into America’s communications infrastructure. This gear poses an unacceptable risk to our national security, and their bipartisan legislation would ensure that the FCC closes the loophole being used today by Huawei and others on the Covered List to be a part of our networks. I am very pleased that this legislation has advanced out of Committee and look forward to its consideration by the full Senate.”

Everbridge Unveils Next-Generation 911 Solution to Modernize Emergency Calls to First Responders

Everbridge Unveils Next-Generation 911 Solution to Modernize Emergency Calls to First Responders

BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global leader in critical event management (CEM), today announced its next-generation 911 solution designed to improve emergency dispatch in the United States. Through a partnership with RapidSOS, Everbridge 911 Connect™, an extension of the company’s CEM for Public Safety solutions, delivers enhanced location accuracy and provides unique caller identification information on wireless 911 calls, leveraging an expanded life safety database of over 250 million residential and business contacts. The new solution also captures critical information from residents to assist first responders while en-route to an emergency call, including special and functional needs, mental health impairments and household information, which is critical in helping responders with their daily mission….

MedicAlert and RapidDeploy partner to provide 911 telecommunicators and first responders with medical data to improve outcomes

TURLOCK, Calif., July 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the MedicAlert Foundation, creator of the globally recognized medical ID system, announced a long-term strategic agreement with RapidDeploy, the industry’s leading cloud-native emergency response platform. Through the partnership, MedicAlert will deliver members’ critical health data to public safety dispatchers via the RapidDeploy platform.

MedicAlert members wear a medical ID and maintain an emergency health profile with their MedicAlert membership. The profile is a detailed personal health record that includes information on medical conditions, medications, allergies, vaccinations, medical devices, and patient instructions. It’s what MedicAlert relays to first responders when a MedicAlert member experiences an emergency…

RapidDeploy and Western Fire Chiefs Association Announce Strategic Partnership

“WFCA’s storied history of grappling with the many hazards associated with the Western states’ unique environment and geography will bring unparalleled perspective for the team at RapidDeploy,” RapidDeploy CEO Steve Raucher said. “Our new alliance will offer an incredible opportunity for our platform’s evolution as we look to serve the fire and EMS communities with new features and technologies in the months and years to come.”

Today, RapidDeploy serves over 550 9-1-1 centers in California and Arizona, and its alliance with WFCA is expected to drive more adoption across the Association’s territory…