BREAKING: AT&T plans to finish 80% of FirstNet buildout in coming months

BREAKING NEWS — FirstNet officials say the nation’s first public-safety broadband network should be 80 percent finished in the next few months, a benchmark that if finished by March would put them a full year ahead of the contracted deployment schedule. FirstNet currently serves more than 10,000 first-responder agencies, including more than 1 million connections,…

In coded 911 call, woman requested the police by ordering a pizza

OHIO — A terrified woman recently used code to call 911 by repeatedly trying to order a pizza, all within earshot of her abuser. Though the emergency dispatcher initially thought the woman had the wrong number, police said a man was ultimately arrested on a domestic violence charge because of the call. Using disguised language on…

BREAKING: Pyramid Consulting President shortlisted for IWCE’s “Critical Communications Leader of the Year Award”

BREAKING NEWS — Terry Burnworth, President of Pyramid Architecture, Engineering, and Consulting, was recently shortlisted for the International Wireless Communication Expo’s “Critical Communications Leader of the Year” Award, which recognizes individuals and executives, whose outstanding leadership has resulted in the implementation and success of critical communications in their business and beyond. Terry Burnworth is an…

BREAKING: Boy celebrated for helping injured school bus driver

BREAKING NEWS — A 13-year-old boy knew exactly what to do when a sheet of ice caused an injury to his Michigan school bus driver, and even went as far as to help stop her bleeding until emergency assistance arrived. News reports say he, along with several other students, immediately jumped into action after a…

Why one school administration is looking to technology to keep students safe

UNITED STATES — A school administration in Virginia is the latest to install Rave Panic Buttons across all campuses, a move they say might help save lives in the future. The Rave Panic Button is a smartphone application that allows school-based administrators to press a “panic button”, which would alert authorities to an incident that…

Australia ponders fire-proof networks following damage from deadly inferno

BREAKING NEWS — Emergency response efforts have been hampered in Australia, after wide-spread and deadly fires have severely damaged the country’s telecom systems. According to news sources, the damage has sparked a big debate on how to build and repair the network in the future. Read the full story below. (https://www.lightreading.com/asia-pacific/australia-ponders-fire-proof-networks/d/d-id/756903) “Australia’s massive bushfires are…

RoboCops? More like robo-can’ts. Police robots keep malfunctioning.

UNITED STATES — With mishaps ranging from running over a toddler’s foot to ignoring people in distress, it appears the country is still ages away from a RoboCop patrolling every street. According to one news story, security robots operating across the United States continue to malfunction, including falling into fountain. (https://www.businessinsider.com/police-robots-security-malfunctioning-fails-knightscope-2020-1) “Police robots are now…

BREAKING: Kid sends apology note after prank 911 calls to Minnesota sheriff’s office

BREAKING NEWS — An unnamed child recently sent a hand-written note of apology to a Minnesota sheriff’s office after making a series of prank phone calls. According to news reports, the child’s gender and age were not released, but a portion of the note was made public. Read the full story below. (https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/kid-sends-apology-note-after-prank-calls-to-minnesota-sheriffs-office) “A young…

FirstNet-approved device list names 163 smartphones, tablets, laptop

BREAKING NEWS — More than 160 devices are now approved for use on the FirstNet network, growing exponentially from the original 17 devices approved in 2018. According to multiple news reports, the latest list was announced in early December, and includes many of the most popular smartphones, tablets, laptops, modems and handheld push-to-talk devices from…

To Infinity and Beyond: How NG911 tech is changing 911 facilities for the better

NEWSLETTER — In the first part of this three-part series, Pyramid Consulting Project Manager, and award-winning former 911 director, Gary Bates shares his thoughts on exploring the transition of 911 Communication Centers from traditional Public Safety Answering Points or PSAP to a Next Generation Emergency Communication Center or ECC. Check out part one of our ongoing…