Robots to the rescue: More public safety agencies turning to drones to fight crime

When it comes to drones playing a larger role in public safety, some officials are saying the possibilities are “endless” for the industry, with reports from CBS saying they could change policing much like laptops in patrol cars, and two-way radios. (https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/Law-Enforcement-Agencies-Turning-to-Drones-to-Fight-Crime-483929951.html) “No longer a novelty, drones are becoming an everyday tool for more police…

AT&T: LTE speeds will double thanks to FirstNet

FierceWireless, an online daily monitor of the wireless industry, is reporting AT&T speeds will soon double, thanks to FirstNet. The company is in the process of climbing every single cell site while they deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) for all 50 states. (https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/at-t-faster-lte-coming-year-thanks-to-firstnet) “AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson told an audience at…

Security concerns continue for promising IoT industry

Professionals around the industry are saying cyber security concerns are still a “critical challenge”, after some troubling research recently came to light. According to IWCE’s Urgent Communications, 50% of business surveyed said they were not aware of—or were not concerned about—cybersecurity risks. Other bothersome reports show 70% of the most commonly used IoT device have security…

FirstNet Update: AT&T clarifies service plans, prioritization for utilities

We like to keep a close eye on progress at FirstNet, the first nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), here at Pyramid, and it seems there have been recent developments in service plans for the network, according to Urgent Communications. http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/att-clarifies-firstnet-service-plans-prioritization-utilities “Utility companies can subscribe to FirstNet as “extended primary” users of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN)…

Headline roundup: Hawaii’s recent emergency response

With a major volcano eruption spewing still lava in Hawaii, many concerned with public-safety communications are turning their eyes to the tiny island state to see how first-responders are reacting to the emergency. As of May 10, 14 fissures have opened up near Puna, Big Island, and around 1,700 people are under a mandatory evacuation…

May Newsletter: Why hire an independent consultant

We got cracking on our May newsletter early this month, because we felt the main question was important one: Why hire an independent consultant? Read more below for additional information about a topic close to our hearts.