Neb. dispatchers face busy week of grass fires | Minn. county to launch new 9-1-1 dispatch system | FirstNet needs to manage expectations about broadband system
 

March 18, 2015
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Neb. dispatchers face busy week of grass fires
Emergency dispatchers in Nebraska have their hands full this week with grass fires due to dry conditions and windy weather. Buffalo County dispatcher David Randel said it is "chaotic and hectic," but dispatchers are supporting each other as they work additional shifts. KLKN-TV (Lincoln, Neb.) (3/17), KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CA (Kearney, Neb.) (3/17)
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Minn. county to launch new 9-1-1 dispatch system
Ramsey County in Minnesota is ready to launch its new emergency dispatch system that includes GPS, upgraded mapping programs and hand-held devices that link dispatchers to police, fire departments and ambulances. The fire department will get an updated alert system that can send notifications to all stations at once. KSTP-TV (Minneapolis) (3/16)
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FirstNet needs to manage expectations about broadband system
Managing expectations will be a challenge for developers of FirstNet as early state consultations have brought up a variety of expectations and misconceptions. For example, some officials wanted to resell FirstNet spectrum in their states to pay down debt, which is not allowed. Urgent Communications (3/17)
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States respond differently to open records requests for 9-1-1 tapes
The District of Columbia rarely releases tapes of 9-1-1 calls, citing exceptions to its Freedom of Information Act, while Maryland usually releases redacted call information within days. Meanwhile, a Maine Supreme Court decision in 2013 allowed for release of more 9-1-1 transcripts, but now state officials are proposing to shield certain information. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/The Associated Press (3/15), Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)/The Associated Press (3/15)
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Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
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DHS program encourages development of first-responder wearables
The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate hopes its business accelerator program EMERGE! will lead to new wearable technology for first responders. Program participants include the Tech Wildcatters from Dallas and TechNexus from Chicago. Government Computer News (3/16)
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Robot that mimics birds could be world's fastest
Birds served as the inspiration for a robot that could prove to be the world's fastest on two mechanical feet. Researchers in the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University are working on the robot they call ATRIAS, whose carbon-fiber legs will employ fiberglass springs to operate like a pogo stick. The robot could be useful in disaster areas that are too dangerous for humans to enter. The Christian Science Monitor (3/15)
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