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March 20, 2013
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  Making the Call 
  • Dispatchers lauded for service during school shooting
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., were scheduled to present the Outstanding 911 Call Center Award to Newtown Emergency Communications Center staff for their work on the day of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "Newtown emergency call center dispatchers -- like other first responders -- well deserve this great recognition for their immense bravery and strength in the face of unspeakable tragedy," Blumenthal said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LAFD seeks to link dispatch with neighboring agencies
    The Los Angeles Fire Department wants to link its 9-1-1 dispatch center with nearby resources to ensure responders are dispatched appropriately, Chief Brian Cummings said. The department is developing a computer system to work with neighboring dispatch centers, potentially including the Los Angeles County and Long Beach fire departments as well as the facility that serves 12 neighboring cities. Those dispatch centers would have to upgrade their equipment accordingly. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Pulse 
  • House panel holds hearing on national public safety network
    The question of who will build and operate the nation's interoperable broadband first responder network is "open and negotiable," FirstNet Chairman Sam Ginn said at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing. The important thing is that the system be built and operated in compliance with FirstNet standards for security, reliability and maintenance, Ginn said. State officials expressed concern they will bear unexpected costs for the network. FierceGovernmentIT (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How sequestration cuts will affect FCC, FTC
    Sequestration is likely to slow down the processes for both the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. The FCC said the $17 million trimmed from its $342 million budget would be "very significant" although no layoffs or furloughs are planned. The cuts "will harm vital agency missions including public safety and homeland security, law enforcement, universal service, spectrum and consumer protection," the FCC said. Meanwhile, the FTC is using voluntary buyouts to help deal with $16 million in reductions from its $314 million budget. Adweek (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation Insights 
  • Data advances can transform how agencies operate
    Cloud computing, data-analysis tools and video analytics are changing how public safety agencies operate, connect with the public and use information to make split-second decisions, writes Bob Schassler, senior vice president of government solutions at Motorola. New tools will help public safety officials make decisions based on data from smartphones, video, social networks and text messages, Schassler writes. Police departments are quickly learning to use historical data and crime-mapping software to most efficiently distribute resources, he writes. Urgent Communications/View from the Top blog (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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