The Wisconsin state budget includes $6.7 million for the planning and development of next-generation 9-1-1 capabilities in the state. Denise Nash, Communications Manager for the Portage County Sheriff's Office, said she thinks the implementation will take five to seven years.
Vanu CoverageCo, which expanded cellphone service in rural Vermont areas, could dissolve in days and is expected to discontinue its service. A lawmaker has raised concerns that if that happens, people in rural areas may be unable to make emergency calls.
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The board of the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority met to begin developing a plan for a regional communications service after voters in Montpelier and Barre, Vt., passed the authority's budget. The board will provide a plan for consolidated 9-1-1 services to the communities by November.
Officials in Fairfax County, Va., have examined practices and policies in the county's fire department following complaints of sexism and say that, although cultural and communications issues exist, gender bias is not a problem there.
The number of videos recorded by police body cameras in Minneapolis began to decrease between October and December 2017, and the police department has drafted new guidelines to address the issue. The new rules will require officers to keep cameras on at the beginning of their shifts and ensure proper categories and case numbers to avoid videos being lost or deleted by mistake.
Panelists at IWCE 2018 agreed the FirstNet build-out would likely be impossible without the cost and operational savings provided by software-centric networking advances.
Technologies such as network function virtualization and software-defined networking allow carriers to decouple software and hardware functions, which is cost effective and provides flexibility.