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March 6, 2013
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  Making the Call 
  • NENA warns public against 1-1-2 rumors
    NENA officials are trying to get the word out that social media posts suggesting the European 1-1-2 emergency number will get domestic callers preferential treatment are false and misleading, since dialing 1-1-2 does not always work in the U.S. "In an emergency, 9-1-1 is the number to call in the U.S. and Canada," says NENA Communications Director Chris Nussman. Some U.S. carriers will transfer 1-1-2 calls to the 9-1-1 system but not all have that ability, so there is "no guarantee that [dialing 1-1-2] will work," said NENA CEO Brian Fontes in a statement. Read more from NENA. Urgent Communications (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Pulse 
  • FCC: Create incentives for Next Generation 9-1-1 adoption
    The Federal Communications Commission is calling on Congress to authorize federal incentives that could spur states to compete for Next Generation 9-1-1 projects. The recommendation was packaged in an FCC report issued in response to a congressional request for ways to move the 9-1-1 system to Internet-based technologies. Reuters (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation Insights 
  • Device aims to improve firefighters' ability to spot people amid flames
    Thermal sensors used by firefighters to find people and pets in burning buildings can be overwhelmed by infrared radiation, but Italian scientists are testing a potential solution. A report in the journal Optics Express said a lensless device that employs digital holography can see through flames and provide firefighters with 3D images of moving human beings. The Atlantic Cities (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FiRST Sharing Service app to make data exchange easier
    Applied Research Associates is developing an enhanced First Responder Support Tools application known as the FiRST Sharing Service for the Department of Homeland Security. It is designed to make data sharing easier by allowing organizations to assign users and arrange sharing rights with outside systems. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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