BREAKING: Utah Communications Authority inks $51 million deal with L3Harris Tech for statewide P25 system

BREAKING NEWS — L3Harris Technologies has signed a contract with the Utah Communications Authority (UCA) to build a $51 million, statewide P25 Phase 2 radio system that is expected to be used by multiple first-responder agencies when finished. The project is expected to be completed in 2024. Read the full story below. (https://urgentcomm.com/2019/09/24/utah-communications-authority-inks-51-million-deal-with-l3harris-technologies-for-statewide-p25-system/) “L3Harris Technologies yesterday…

BREAKING: Lyft adds 911 button more than a year after Uber app

BREAKING NEWS — In an effort to make riders and drivers safer, Lyft announced three new safety features this month, including a 911 button in the app. Calls for these types of tools have grown louder in recent months as incidents piled up, and Lyft’s outdated safety system was revealed. Read the full story below….

OPINION: Hit with a ransomware attack? Don’t pay the hackers

OPINION — With more than 20 cities across America hit in the first half of 2019, it’s obvious ransomware attacks are on the rise. Some governments pay and some don’t. But read why one government official says to benefit everyone and stop the growing epidemic, no one should pay anymore. Read the full story below….

NG911 Technology: What state and local communities need to know

UNITED STATES — As states and localities transition to Next Generation 911- and national public safety groups like APCO push for more NG911 technology in call centers- here are some things they must consider. Read the full story below. (https://statetechmagazine.com/article/2019/09/ng911-technology-what-state-and-local-communities-need-know-perfcon) “Everyone knows from movies and TV shows that when you dial 911 on your phone,…

APCO officials stress need for NG911 interoperability in call centers

BREAKING NEWS — The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) is calling for NG911 operability nationwide, and recently encouraged public-safety agencies to take a closer look at procurement documents created by third-party vendors. Read the full story below. (https://urgentcomm.com/2019/09/04/apco-officials-stress-need-for-interoperability-in-ng911-deployments/) “Next-generation 911 (NG911) systems should let 911 centers handle all forms of multimedia—voice, text, data, photos…

BREAKING: 911 Grant Program Awards Announced

BREAKING NEWS –More than $100 million in grants – awarded to 34 states and two tribal nations – has been announced as part of the 911 Grant Program, which will help 911 call centers upgrade to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. The 911 Grant Program provides funding to PSAPs to help with migration to IP-enabled emergency networks,…

Are helicopters the new cellphone towers?

BREAKING NEWS — The United States Military is looking into new ways to bring network coverage to the front lines after Hughes Network Systems announced Aug. 20 a technology product it believes can turn helicopters into mobile cellphone towers. While no discussions have currently been made about the public safety sector applications, technology like this…

NEWSLETTER: It’s time to give 911 dispatchers the respect they deserve

NEWSLETTER: With 911 being called more than 650,000 times every day across America, Brian Fontes, the CEO of the National Emergency Number Association, recently shared his thoughts on the push to reclassify 911 dispatchers as first responders. Read his full comments in this month’s Pyramid Consulting newsletter! We want to hear your thoughts too! Do you think 911…