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Mobile App to Enhance Prevention, Public Safety Communications on Campus: Part Two

Monday, July 28, 2014

One of the largest users of the LiveSafe application is Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). FirstNet had the opportunity to discuss the application with campus Police Chief Daniel Dusseau, who also sits on LiveSafe's advisory committee. The committee is comprised of 11 members who are active or retired from federal and state government agencies such as the FBI and Secret Service, as well as military law enforcement and technology industry leaders. They make recommendations for improvements based on their past experiences and use of the LiveSafe app.

Mobile App to Enhance Prevention, Public Safety Communications on Campus

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Several public safety departments at colleges and universities across the country are using a new mobile application that is designed to enhance information sharing among students, faculty, public safety answering points, and first responders. Called LiveSafe, the application leverages smartphone technology to enable users to exchange information for prevention, safety, and assistance purposes.

iCERT-NG911 Institute Capitol Hill Technology Showcase

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Ed Parkinson, FirstNet Director of Government Affairs
Today I had the opportunity to speak at the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT)-NG911 Institute Capitol Hill Technology Showcase. The event brought together industry experts and government leaders in emergency communications.

SPOC Spotlight: New Hampshire Takes Key Next Steps for Planning, Governance

Friday, July 18, 2014

In the latest SPOC Spotlight Feature, New Hampshire’s John Stevens talks to FirstNet about how the state is leveraging its interoperability governance structure to coordinate planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network.

On the Road: California’s First Town Hall on Public Safety Broadband Communications

Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Director of Outreach
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to provide an update on FirstNet during California’s first town hall dedicated to public safety wireless broadband communications. Hosted by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the event brought together nearly 100 public safety professionals from across the state to hear a range of viewpoints and interests about the future of first responder communications and the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

State Spotlight: How the FirstNet Model May Already Exist in Illinois

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cross-posted with permission from the DHS Office of Emergency Communications SWIC newsletter, today's State Spotlight is a guest post by Joe Galvin, who is the Illinois Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC). Joe talks about the state's business model for emergency communications and how it may be leveraged for planning of the nationwide public safety broadband network. For more information about the state's FirstNet activities visit the Illinois Emergency Management Agency webpage.

World Police and Fire Games Sports Extravaganza

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hundreds of first responders and members of the public attended yesterday’s 2015 World Police and Fire Games Sports Extravaganza at Reston Town Center, Va – including the FirstNet team. The event was a preview of the type of events that will be held at next summer’s World Police and Fire Games, which will be held in Fairfax County, Va. The Games are a biennial sporting event open to first responders from around the world to showcase their athletic abilities in Olympic style competitions.

SPOC Spotlight: I’m Helping to Put Public Safety on the Moon

Friday, July 11, 2014

In a guest blog post, Bill Schrier, Washington State Single Point of Contact (SPOC), talks about how the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform emergency communications. “We are engaged in the 2010’s equivalent of the 1960’s moon-landing effort.”

FirstNet July SPOC Quarterly Webinar

Thursday, July 10, 2014

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting General Manager
Yesterday, FirstNet held its third quarterly webinar for all 56 state Single Points of Contacts (SPOC). The discussion provided opportunities for FirstNet leadership and the SPOCs to exchange information on a host of developments – such as the status of the states’ checklists and the upcoming state consultation meetings, to our strategy for developing the nationwide public safety broadband network. We covered a lot of ground during the webinar and look forward to hosting them on a quarterly basis, in addition to our monthly calls with the SPOCs that are held by FirstNet region.


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