Taking up the fight to classify 911 operators as first responders

UNITED STATES — After 17 years as a 911 operator for Los Angles, Congresswoman Norma Torres knows firsthand the importance of reclassifying dispatchers. She’s picking a fight with government officials in the hopes of getting 911 operators upgraded from the status of clerical workers to first responders. In one recent online story, Torres talks about…

No clear plans for federal NG911 legislation, but funding hope remains, NENA officials say

BREAKING NEWS — NENA officials are keeping their fingers crossed legislation to help fund NG911 technology nationally could still be introduced, according to reports from IWCE’s Urgent Communications. But despite the high hopes of the National Emergency Number Association, no legislation is scheduled to be introduced to Congress. (https://urgentcomm.com/2019/02/19/no-clear-plans-for-federal-ng911-legislation-but-funding-hope-remains-nena-chief-says/?NL=UC-03&Issue=UC-03_20190219_UC-03_965&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1&utm_rid=CPEQW000008528170&utm_campaign=15016&utm_medium=email&elq2=a27e0959e40d4ce8954fff750f62113e) “Hope for legislation that would allocate…

BREAKING: How one corporate partnership hopes to make schools safer with new application

BREAKING NEWS — CrisisGo and Sonim have partnered on a FirstNet capable, emergency communications application, and hope the new technology will help makes public schools safer. https://urgentcomm.com/2019/02/15/crisisgo-sonim-partner-on-firstnet-capable-emergency-communications-application-for-schools/ “Personnel on school campuses throughout the United States have access to an emergency-communications platform that can leverage the FirstNet system built by AT&T, thanks to a partnership announced yesterday…

Sonim announces shipments of new Rapid Deployment Kits

BREAKING NEWS — Public safety agencies across the county will now have access to new portable tools to help boost communications during emergency situations, after Sonim Technologies recently started shipping its Rapid Deployment Kit. According to reports, the RDK-2 delivers LTE and Wi-Fi coverage in an easy-to-carry portable unit, designed to be quickly deployed by…

Public safety practitioners: opinions needed for national 9-1-1 standards development

BREAKING NEWS — The National 911 Program is asking public safety practitioners to respond to a survey about communications technologies to helps shape national standards. The National 911 Program needs individuals and organizations engaged in emergency communications to submit feedback through a 15-minute confidential online survey. Perceptions from the 911 community on communication technologies for…

NEWSLETTER: What can public safety agencies do when waiting for NG911 tech?

Our newsletter this month asks an important question; what can public safety agencies do when waiting for NG911 technology? UNITED STATES — People expect that 911 will always be available, until they can’t get through. One software executive says public safety departments can learn from the private sector when it comes to making their systems…

T-Mobile network outperforms the rest at Super Bowl

ATLANTA — Super Bowl attendees carrying T-Mobile phones had the best preforming network during the big game on Sunday. During Speedtests conducted throughout the game, T-Mobile beat Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T by more than 8 points after a mean download speed of 101.54 Mbps was recorded. (https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/t-mobile-network-outperforms-rest-at-super-bowl) “T-Mobile’s cellular network had the fastest performance during…

Atlanta ups its security game for the Super Bowl

ATLANTA — With more than a million visitors expected at the Super Bowl this Sunday, a coordinated public safety effort is combining traditional law enforcement techniques and new technology to keep the large crowd safe. According to reports online, law enforcement agencies have been planning for the event for more than two years. Months of planning…