TECH UPDATE: AT&T sees adjacencies in smart cities and public safety

AT&T is envisioning big steps forward for public safety in the next few years, with technology like connected streetlights alerting agencies to car accidents and EMT phone applications that send valuable information to hospitals before emergency patients arrive recently discussed by officials. RWR Wireless News is reporting AT&T Business Chief Marketing Officer Mo Katibeh described the…

Unauthorized drone users could face hefty $20,000 fine if flying in Florence-affected areas, FAA warns

BREAKING NEWS: The Federal Aviation Administration has sent a strong message to those looking to fly unauthorized drones in areas affected by Florence, imposing harsh restrictions according to online news sources. (https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/unauthorized-drone-operators-could-face-hefty-20-000-fine-if-flying-in-florence-affected-areas-faa-warns/70006128) “As disaster relief efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has imposed restrictions on drone usage in…

Nationwide emergency alerting test postponed until Oct. 3

BREAKING NEWS: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed a nationwide test of the emergency alert system (EAS) and wireless emergency alerts (WEA) until Oct. 3. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says: “THIS IS A TEST of the…

New Apple iPhones support operation on Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet

BREAKING NEWS — “This is an exciting development for public safety and a major step forward in the growth of their devices marketplace,” FirstNet officials said earlier this week, after Apple announced it’s latest products will “support operation on 700 MHz Band 14,” the spectrum licensed to FirstNet. IWCE’s Urgent Communications is reporting the new iPhone…

Headline Roundup: Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence heads towards land, thousands of residents, business owners, public-safety officials, and first responders are attempting to get a heads up on the massive storm, which should slam into the east coasts tomorrow. The potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane is barreling its way across the Atlantic and has set its eye on the…

Newsletter: What happens when public-safety agencies fight back

NEWSLETTER: September’s newsletter focuses on an important subject for those who try to use their voice for change. Last month, thousands of public-safety officials collectively roared in anger following Verizon’s significant data throttling to a key piece of broadband equipment used by the Santa Clara County Fire Department while fighting a massive wildfire in California this summer. Less…