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December 26, 2012
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  Making the Call 
  • 20 Minn. counties upgrade to NG9-1-1 technology
    Twenty counties in Minnesota have upgraded to Next Generation 9-1-1 technology, which is designed to allow callers to use text messages or photos when seeking emergency assistance. Michael Peterson, Winona County's public safety answering point supervisor, says the upgrade can be lifesaving for people who need to contact 9-1-1 without alerting an attacker to their location. Winona Post (Minn.) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Poor data delaying effort to improve Calif. 9-1-1
    Aging computer systems and problems with data collection at fire departments and rescue agencies in California are slowing efforts by the state to improve 9-1-1 services, according to a Los Angeles Times report. The Emergency Medical Services Authority is collecting reports on emergency medical responses to compare data, but almost half of the state's regional agencies have not provided information. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DHS develops new battery options for emergency responders
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is developing battery technology that can solve power issues faced by first responders who use multiple types of equipment and gadgets, says Jalal Mapar, program manager for the DHS's directorate of science and technology. The prototype is a paper-thin, environmentally friendly battery that can be used in multiple forms and power configurations and also is less expensive. Urgent Communications (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intrado offers backup 9-1-1 solution on maritime spectrum
    Intrado is offering its HF 9-1-1 system to public safety agencies, allowing them to tap into the high-frequency spectrum from 3 MHz to 30 MHz that used to be available only for maritime uses. Chief Technology Officer Stephen Meer said it will give agencies a FirstNet-friendly, "viable, apocalypse-proof solution to back up other levels of communication." Urgent Communications (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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