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March 21, 2012
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  Making the Call 
  • Fla. county's plan would consolidate dispatch services
    Leaders across Broward County, Fla., have proposed consolidating their 11 9-1-1 dispatch centers into three to save millions of dollars and provide better service. Increased cellphone use has meant up to 10% of 9-1-1 calls in the county have to be transferred from one dispatch center to another, forcing callers to explain their emergency twice and wasting crucial seconds in response time. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Firefighters in La. town must take another first-responder course
    Officials say Kenner, La., firefighters who recently discovered that a first-responder class they took was unauthorized will be tested for temporary certification until they take an approved course. The earlier course was taught by an instructor who was qualified but had let her state certification lapse. A local EMS official said that until all firefighters are properly certified, EMS will respond to every call. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Pulse 
  • NTIA: Public safety network construction could be a year away
    A National Telecommunications and Information Administration official says the agency has until Aug. 20 to set up a First Responder Network Authority board to oversee policy decisions for the planned 700 MHz LTE public safety network. That means it could be at least a year before construction of the nationwide public safety broadband network starts. Urgent Communications (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation Insights 
  • Red Cross boot camp trains volunteers for disaster response
    The Red Cross Mass Care Boot Camp in Omaha, Neb., and Council Bluffs, Iowa, is intensive training for volunteers who will be among the first responders to disasters in the U.S. and abroad. The classes prepare volunteers to set up operations at a disaster scene, make assessments, provide first aid and help set up relief efforts. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NENA News 
  • Free webinar: "The Internet's Third Act: The Connected Device Decade"
    Catch "The Internet's Third Act: The Connected Device Decade," a free webinar presented by Mobile Future with association partners NENA and USTelecom, at 1 p.m. Eastern time April 4. The webinar, based on a recently released Mobile Future report authored by former White House Advisor Jim Kohlenberger, examines how the next wave of machine-to-machine (M2M) and other connected devices will further accelerate mobile opportunity and exacerbate the looming spectrum crunch. Wireless technologies play a significant role in the connection of an amazing array of devices (and people) to the Internet. Innovation and investment in M2M will transform vital sectors of the economy, including transportation, energy, health care and security. The webinar looks at:

    The promising and extensive opportunities in the digital-device decade,

    The technologies that are driving the connected-device revolution,

    The policy choices for enabling a brighter future, beginning with making more spectrum available, and

    The five key steps for harnessing connected devices for societal gains.
    Register now for free!

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