S.C. county aims to fund emergency-communication upgrade | Minn. picks statewide rollout over city-by-city 9-1-1 texting | W.Va. dispatchers make good use of outbound-text option
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July 23, 2014
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S.C. county aims to fund emergency-communication upgrade
Greenville County, S.C., officials are studying ways to pay for an upgraded communication system that would allow 9-1-1 dispatchers and first responders in different cities to have direct contact with one another. The system could cost $20 million, but the Greenville County Fire Chiefs Association says agencies "no longer have the luxury of staying in our own jurisdictions and not being part of the larger solution." The Greenville News (S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (7/19)
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Minn. picks statewide rollout over city-by-city 9-1-1 texting
Minnesota will launch text-to-9-1-1 service statewide, rather than city by city, says Pete Eggimann of the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board. Implementation could occur within months. The system is not expected to increase costs to taxpayers because 9-1-1 service is funded by phone-bill surcharges, Eggimann says. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (7/18)
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FCC to vote in August on text-to-9-1-1 deadline
The Federal Communications Commission will vote at its Aug. 8 meeting to set an end-of-year deadline for wireless companies on implementing text-to-9-1-1. The commission will also discuss the rule-making process for other parts of the text-to-9-1-1 plan. The Hill (7/18)
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FCC seeks comments on Model City shared-spectrum plan
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has called for the creation of an urban test city for developing shared-spectrum technologies across multiple bands, including public safety. The Federal Communications Commission is taking comments on a Model City program and suggestions for spectrum-sharing technologies that would make good initial demonstrations. TV Technology (7/18)
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Traffic cameras, video feeds act as first responders, S.C. law enforcement says
The Beaufort County, S.C., Sheriff's Office Traffic Management Center has been integral in helping EMS and law enforcement respond effectively to accidents by utilizing traffic cameras, officials say. Additionally, live video feeds and public alerts help reduce traffic congestion and prevent further accidents, says traffic engineer Colin Kinton. "In the field of intelligent traffic systems, providing more information to the public as far as how traffic is operating is the goal," he says. The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) (7/20)
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First responder apps need testing in nonemergency setting, expert says
Apps that may be useful for public safety should be tested by first responders in a nonemergency environment to help them advance to widespread use, said Walt Magnussen, director of the Texas A&M University Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center. "Us sitting around in these conferences talking about how great the technology is isn't going to build the grassroots support. A couple of firemen looking at this and saying yes I can see how this can save lives -- that does it," he said at the recent National Emergency Number Association conference in Nashville, Tenn. Urgent Communications (7/21)
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