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FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Iowa

November 21, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
On November 18th, FirstNet conducted its eighth initial consultation meeting, with this one taking place in Des Moines, Iowa. While the state was experiencing record breaking cold weather on that day, the more than 50 state and local participants generated a lot of energy and ideas regarding Iowa’s communications needs for the public safety broadband network.

Hardware Hacking for Disaster Response

November 20, 2014

Cross posted from the White House Office of Science and Technology
On October 10 – 11, technologists, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the public and private sectors participated in the first Civic Hardware Hackathon for Disaster Preparedness in support of the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative. Co-hosted by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Feast, , and Intel, the two-day event focused on creating and refining solutions to empower the disaster resilience community and survivors with critical information and resources.

FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Puerto Rico

November 18, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
On November 13th, FirstNet conducted its seventh initial consultation meeting and the first outside of the continental United States. More than 120 state and local municipality representatives from Puerto Rico joined the FirstNet consultation team in Rio Piedras to discuss their unique communications planning needs for the public safety broadband network in the territory.

Using Technology To Aid Emergency Response Involving People with Disabilities

November 14, 2014

By Kyle Richardson, Public Affairs Specialist
Part one of this blog focused on a training program at Niagara University that helps first responders prepare for emergencies involving individuals with disabilities. This follow-up blog reports on various efforts to leverage technology to increase emergency preparedness and response for the disabled community.

DHS 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan

November 12, 2014

Cross-posted from the Department of Homeland Security
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the first updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)since the original in 2008. The NECP is the Nation’s over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications capabilities and interoperability nationwide. The updated NECP addresses the increasingly complex communications landscape that the public safety community uses to keep America safe and secure.

Utah Initial Consultation Meeting Recap

November 10, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of State Consultation
FirstNet conducted its sixth initial consultation meeting last week, this time with the State of Utah. More than 30 State and local stakeholders gathered in Salt Lake City on November 6th to discuss their unique communications needs in planning for the public safety broadband network in the state.

APCO Emerging Tech Forum Focuses on Innovation for Public Safety

November 7, 2014

By Ed Parkinson, FirstNet Director of Government Affairs
The technology hub of Silicon Valley was an ideal setting for APCO International’s Emerging Technology Forum this week in Northern California. The meeting generated a lot of “outside the box” thinking and new ideas around the use of broadband technologies for emergencies, disasters, and large public gatherings. In addition, the FirstNet team was pleased to have several opportunities to engage with the more than 225 state, local, and private sector representatives attending the forum and provide updates on planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network.

Wearable Electronic Devices Show 'Immersive' Potential

November 5, 2014

Cross-posted from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Developers at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency are creating applications for wearable electronic devices that place analysts and customers in virtual and augmented-reality environments to help them do their jobs better.

FirstNet Moving Quickly to Analyze Public Notice, RFI Responses

November 3, 2014

By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting General Manager
Last week, the public comment and response periods closed for FirstNet’s Public Notice and Comment and Request for Information (RFI) with draft Statement of Objectives after being open for more than a month. FirstNet appreciates the feedback from the states, major public safety associations, tribal interests, utilities, individuals, and private sector entities that participated in the process.

FirstNet’s Initial Consultation Meeting in the Big Sky State

October 31, 2014

By Dave Buchanan, Director of State Consultation
The FirstNet user advocacy team got an opportunity to learn more about Montana’s unique communications needs and public safety capabilities this week as part of our fifth initial state consultation meeting. We were pleased to have more than 40 public safety representatives from all levels of government and disciplines join us in Helena. Participants included the state’s single point of contact, Warren L. Dupuis, who kicked off the meeting by highlighting the benefits that a public safety broadband network could bring to first responders in Montana.

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