Public Safety Communications News Round-up – December 21, 2015

The Public Safety landscape is being inundated by change, on a scope and scale not seen before. Here’s a round-up of the latest industry news and updates including some great pieces from Government Technology News, International Business Times, The Atlantic, RCR Wireless News, Urgent Communications and FirstNet. Enjoy!

E911 location accuracy: plotting the roadmap (multiple articles)
It has been nearly a year since the FCC passed an E911 location accuracy rule outlining an 8-year roadmap to improving location accuracy for wireless 911 calls. More accurate location information for wireless 911 calls will undoubtedly save lives, but it's still a ways off as Government Technology News explains in this article - 911 Will Soon Receive More Precise Caller Location Data. If you’re interested in this topic, you may also want to read this article (When 911 Operators Can’t Find Their Callers) published in The Atlantic to understand the magnitude and implications of the E911 location accuracy problem, what’s being done, and why there’s no easy work-around.

US woman flees hit-and-run accident but is caught after her car calls the police (International Business Times)
​Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN), a form of telematics, was first pioneered two decades ago by OnStar and GM. Today, most car manufacturers offer some level of AACN services. Designed as a safety feature, AACN automatically sends a message to a local PSAP when a vehicle is involved in a crash, connects the victim to an operator, and report’s the vehicle’s location. Of course, AACN may have been conceived as a safety feature, but don’t tell that to one woman in Florida, whose vehicle recently called 911 to ‘report her’ after she was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

All kidding aside though, AACN has enormous potential, not only to notify when an accident happens, but to provide emergency responders with detailed information so they can make critical life-saving decisions. You can read more about it in this blog (FirstNet and NG911: The Big Picture View) written by NICE’s John Rennie.

FirstNet News (multiple articles)
As announced in this RCR Wireless News article, The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently approved an RFP for a nationwide, LTE first responder network. The RFP, which is a huge step forward toward establishing a nationwide public safety broadband network, is scheduled to be released in early January. In a separate article, Donny Jackson of Urgent Communications explains why FirstNet should be applauded for ‘keeping its promise’ and ‘delivering the final RFP’ on time.

FirstNet collaboration is also heating up across the Northern border. This new video from FirstNet explains why coordination between U.S. and Canadian authorities is essential and how public safety broadband will enable better cross-border collaboration during emergencies.

We hope you enjoyed this Public Safety news round-up. Be sure to respond in the comments or tweet us ​@NICE_PublicSafe.​


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