Commerce secretary replaces FirstNet Board members
Five FirstNet Board members with expiring terms have been replaced, along with public safety representatives Charles Dowd and Paul Fitzgerald. New appointees include Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank and Sheriff Richard Stanek of Hennepin County, Minn. With the new appointments, the board "has the right combination of public safety, wireless network, and state, local and federal government expertise," said Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of Commerce for communications and information. Urgent Communications
U.S. emergency management system faces challenges
The U.S. emergency management system is being stretched to the limit and needs technology, infrastructure and equipment upgrades to improve response times, according to Tara Sonenshine of George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. Sonenshine adds that urban sprawl and traffic congestion present challenges and that better publication on communicating with 9-1-1 dispatchers is needed. The Hill/Contributors blog
NENA announces NG9-1-1 Data Preparation Webinar for September 24
NG9-1-1 Data: Spatial Data Importance in a Comprehensive Approach
Wednesday, September 24 | 3PM Eastern (live) or On-Demand $50 for NENA Members | $85 for Non-Members
With so much focus being directed at the development of the ESINet and other functional elements of the NG9-1-1 environment, this presentation will aim to provide a practical perspective on data preparation prior to its use in an actual NG9-1-1 deployment. Getting GIS data ready for use in an NG 9-1-1 geospatial call routing environment will be emphasized but the retention/use of existing traditional data will also be highlighted as a critical concern. The role of NENA standards and guidelines currently under development will also be tied into this work. Examples of processes and techniques underway in many locations today will be highlighted.
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