Public Safety Communications News Round-up – February 4, 2016

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 The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Envisage Technologies, Urgent Communications, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), FirstNet,, Government Technology, WMTV, NBC Bay Area, The Daily Astorian, WECT-TV6, McDowell News, Florida Times-Union,KHON2, KBTX, WDTV, FOX13 Memphis, KTRE,, WBAY, FOX 11 Los Angelesand more. Enjoy!

A Flurry of Text-to-911 Deployments and Plans (various news stories)
Since the end of last year, there has been a flurry of activity around text-to-911, with a number of towns, cities, counties, and states announcing that they’ve either implemented text-to-911 or plan to do so in the near future. Included among these are: nine Missouri counties, Dane County (Madison, WI), Marion County (FL), Richmond (CA) Police, Astoria (OR) and several other counties in Oregon, New Hanover County (NC), McDowell County (NC), Clay County (FL), Honolulu (HI), several Texas counties, Doddridge County (WV), Memphis (TN), Lufkin (TX), Manitowoc County (WI), San Bernardino (CA), and others. So wonderful to see momentum building for text-to-911 as more agencies deploy this potentially life- saving capability!
Speaking of text-to-911 here’s a great primer on text-to-911 written by Envisage Technologies.

Next Generation 911 – Progress and More Work to be done (various articles)
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture met to vote on the recommendations and reports of its Cybersecurity and NG911 Architecture working groups. During that meeting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler applauded the work of the Task Force but alluded to the fact that there’s still more work to be done by Congress to tackle funding and deployment issues so “Americans can have the benefits [of next generation technology] rather than just talk about them.” Source: Urgent Communications (FCC’s Wheeler calls on Congress to address next-gen 911, says FCC has ‘done about everything we can do’)

FirstNet Update
Now that FirstNet has issued its RFP, what’s ​next? This article in Urgent Communications does a very thorough job of spelling out the short-term and longer-term milestones.

​​FirstNet has also been working closely with the future users of the network. In this blog, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy talks about some of the things they’ve learned in their consultations with various states and territories.

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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