"Public Safety Communications"
Does your agency operate on radio frequencies below 512 MHz? If so, is your agency already operating on “narrowband” channels (i.e., 12.5 kHz or the equivalent)? If not, are you aware of the FCC requirement that such systems convert to narrowband no later than Jan. 1, 2013? Will your agency be ready?
If not, your agency may want to consider seeking a waiver of the requirements pursuant to recently released FCC guidelines, and you should try to do so before the end of this year.
With an increasing push toward green technology and design, a Kansas-based comm center has set a gold standard—not only with…Read full article
Every day, law enforcement officers at all levels of government—state, local, tribal and federal—observe suspicious behaviors or receive reports from concerned civilians, private security and other government agencies about behaviors that could have a potential nexus to terrorism. Until recently, this information was generally stored at the local level and shared within the agency—or, at the most, regionally shared—as part of an incident reporting system. Enter the Nationwide SAR Initiative.Read full article
Dear Radiohead: There’s been some talk around here about using common language instead of 10 codes. One of the most heated discussions — really I should say arguments — has been on traffic accidents. The powers that be can’t decide if they should call it a “motor vehicle accident” or a “motor vehicle collision.” I vote we stay with the 10 code, 10-50. What do you think? — 10-4, Good BuddyRead full article
Over the past 10 years, the federal government and public safety agencies have invested significant resources to update the nation’s emergency communications capabilities. To encourage a coordinated approach and wise investments, the DHS Office of Emergency Communications has launched key initiatives.Read full article
If you are to pass on the mantle of leadership and ensure your comm center continues to move in a forward direction, you need to understand the concepts of succession management. Traditionally, comm centers have had to focus on the here and now, sometimes thinking about the next issue or problem looming on the horizon, but almost never truly thinking five to 10 years down the road.Read full article
APCO International and NENA continue working together to develop an XML standard for incident information sharing in a Next Generation 9-1-1 environment. The product of this effort will be called the Emergency Incident Data Document (EIDD). During EIDD discussions, members of the workgroup realized that to efficiently share incident information, the receiving agency must be able to easily understand the type of incident being shared.Read full article