Did Amazon's Echo device call 9-1-1 in a domestic dispute? | Tazewell County, Ill., begins mandated PSAP consolidation | Ohio officials will move dispatch center out of unstable building
July 13, 2017
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Did Amazon's Echo device call 9-1-1 in a domestic dispute?
Trey Forgety, director of government affairs for the National Emergency Number Association, said claims that an Amazon Echo called 9-1-1 for a New Mexico woman under attack are outside of the technology's capabilities, and he would be "sort of surprised" if Alexa could respond the way officials described. "I have not heard of an Alexa device being a problem from a 9-1-1 perspective, because they do not have native telephone capabilities," he said.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (7/11) 
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Tazewell County, Ill., begins mandated PSAP consolidation
Tazewell County, Ill., is redesigning its emergency response system as part of an unfunded state mandate to consolidate Public Safety Answering Points. The county plans to consolidate from four PSAPs to two.
Pekin Daily Times (Ill.) (7/11) 
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Policy Pulse
Va. gives FirstNet, AT&T initial state contract
AT&T won a victory Monday when Virginia became the first state to join the FirstNet national public safety system with Gov. Terry McAuliffe's signing of a letter of intent. Several other states have asked rival vendors for proposals to build their networks.
StateScoop (7/10),  Multichannel News (7/10) 
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Second state to opt in to FirstNet: Wyo.
Wyoming is the second state to opt in to FirstNet, after Virginia. FirstNet expects the state to benefit from infrastructure investment and better coverage in rural areas.
Broadcasting & Cable (7/11) 
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Innovation Insights
Research pushes firefighting technology
The US Forest Service Technology and Development Center in Missoula, Mont., is embracing new ways to protect firefighters, including a capsule that firefighters can swallow. The capsule tracks body temperature and caloric expenditure and relays information via Bluetooth.
KHQ-TV (Spokane, Wash.) (7/11) 
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100 Akron, Ohio, police officers to wear body cameras
The Akron, Ohio, Police Department will issue 100 body cameras to officers by the end of the month as part a plan to deploy more than 240 body cams. "We feel that is going to be significant to us being able to combat domestic violence and have higher prosecution rates and get a better result in the interactions that we have because of this evidence," said Akron Police Maj. Kenneth Ball.
WJW-TV (Cleveland) (7/10) 
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