Emergency Responders Using More Digital Data and Technology

Recognizing that digital data is more valuable than gold or oil, a panel at the CES show in Las Vegas today discussed how the public and private sectors are teaming up and using new technology to better respond to emergencies and disasters. The panel discussed how new innovations, such as smart home technology, can give emergency responders valuable data when responding to calls. The panel members also discussed how cyber-physical infrastructure is becoming just as important as physical infrastructure for local governments and first responders when responding to calls.

Chrissie Coons, a public safety liaison with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), highlighted how FirstNet provides emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety. Ms. Coons pointed out how some emergency responders have experienced buffering and outages during emergencies. FirstNet, which was created under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 as an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, gives public safety and emergency responders their own spectrum so that their communications do not go down during emergency.

Chris Rezendes, chief business officer with Spherical Analytics, which helps develop environmental impact solutions that combine blockchain technologies with big data and machine learning, also discussed how the private sector and the public sector can forge relationship and share valuable today. Mr. Rezendes said, “We are helping public and private entities to better manage risk.” Mr. Rezendes added, “Most of the infrastructure we use today is outdated and uses outdated models. We are realizing we have some systems that are central to all different kinds of activities.”

Spherical Analytics helped create a new marine data bank in Massachusetts using data and sensors from fishing boats to provide for more coastal resilience. Mr. Rezendes stated that through collective action, business can create a new marketplace where data can be shared, licensed, or sold. But the data has to be trustworthy and relevant.

Based on conversations with emergency responders at the ground level, Mr. Rezendes noted that first responders want three things with new technology: (1) better audio with hands-free and noise cancellation; (2) the best data available such as schematics and floor plans for buildings used by firefighters; and (3) a heads-up display that is cost effective and easy to use.

In Boston, for example, firefighters struggled with mapping fire hydrants. The firefighters teamed up with the academic community and others to better map hydrants and provide better building schematics, which in turn provides valuable information to the firefighters when responding to calls. Having building floor plans and building schematics in the hands of firefighters while they are in transit and responding to a call can potentially save lives and millions of dollars in property. Continue reading

Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate: Looking Forward to 2019, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year to all of you! Hopefully, 2019 will be a great year for all of us including the public safety community of dispatchers, fire, EMS, and law enforcement personnel. At the end of each year and the beginning of the next year there are many articles, stories, and blogs looking back and then looking forward. This week’s Advocate is about looking forward through to the end of 2019. Technology and politics move too quickly to predict what will come beyond that.

As we enter 2019, January is month twenty-three of the FirstNet contract with AT&T. There are two FirstNets, one being the FirstNet Authority with a reconstructed board of directors and an acting CEO who many of us hope will soon lose the “acting” in the title. Then there is the AT&T FirstNet referred to as “FirstNet (Built with AT&T)”. This second FirstNet is ahead of schedule according to the RFP that was issued by FirstNet the Authority and it appears as though it will stay ahead during all of 2019.

Land Mobile Radio: Meanwhile, there are new and updated Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems that were built in 2018 and more are already scheduled for 2019. Not only are P25 systems being deployed, analog systems are being upgraded, perhaps staying with analog only or moving to a combination of P25 and analog. Several P25 systems stand out as examples of more redundant, nearer to public safety-grade than most P25 systems. The difference is that these networks do not have a central core or “brain,” rather the brains of the network are placed at each site and sometimes redundant cores are used at each site to add yet another layer of redundancy. Further, these systems are IP-based and as I mentioned last year, we will ultimately have IP back-ends for NG 9-1-1 and LMR, meaning the FirstNet network can help greatly in providing a homogenized communications platform for public safety. Read the Entire Post Here

Here are the articles I have selected with the help of Discovery Patterns artificial intelligence

Senate Confirms Starks, Carr to FCC

Multichannel News Jan  3 03:20

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During his confirmation hearing, I was excited to hear him highlight the need to expand rural broadband and the power of telemedicine. I look forward …

FCC To Cease Most Operations In Wake Of Gov’t Shutdown

Law360 Jan  2 19:55

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However, the public safety network FirstNet will remain operational and the agency will still oversee “assignment of radio frequencies to federal …

FCC Outlines Impact on its Operations of Potential Funding Lapse

ARRL Jan  2 18:20

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Still available will be the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS), the Public Safety Support …

Brevard Public Schools Implement Instant Emergency Communications System with First Responders

Business Wire Jan  2 16:15

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WALLINGFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brevard County, Florida, joined six additional Florida counties using Mutualink’s instant emergency communications coordination platform to enhance school safety readiness and response. On December 11, 2018, Brevard County School Board authorized the implementation of Mutualink in all of Brevard County’s public schools. The system addresses many of the communications coordination problems and delays repeatedly identified in school shooting incident after act

Qualcomm (QCOM) Well Positioned Into 5G, Settlements – Canaccord Genuity

StreetInsider.com Jan  3 11:30

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Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley was out positive on Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) ahead of the FTC case starting Friday, which he …

Ericsson and Panasonic Partner on 5G

Market Realist Jan  3 11:30

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Ericsson (ERIC) and Panasonic have agreed to collaborate on exploring new 5G use cases. In addition to exploring 5G opportunities together, …

Ericsson Eyes the Mining Industry for the 5G Market

Market Realist Jan  3 11:30

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Ericsson (ERIC) and Epiroc (EPOKY) will collaborate to provide mining companies with high-performance wireless connectivity, according to a …

Top 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Features

HowToTechNaija Jan  3 11:20

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One of such companies is Qualcomm which brought the first 5G SoC to the world. With the Snapdragon 8510 as its codename, thus chipset has …

NIST Telehealth Remote Monitoring Guidance Plan Gets AMIA Support

HealthITSecurity.com Jan  3 10:50

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… recently announced it would fund a project to develop guidance around the security and privacy risks associated with remote patient monitoring.

SK Telecom uses 5G for first 2019 TV broadcast, plans live phone and drone vi…

Google Plus Jan  3 10:30

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SK Telecom uses 5G for first 2019 TV broadcast, plans live phone and drone videos http://onvb.co/rEgUZP6 – VentureBeat – Google+.

How 5G will change your smartphone, and your life in 2019

The Coli Jan  3 10:10

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Yes. Easily. But it’s only in its early stages since 5G has only rolled out very slowly last year. Give it until the mid 2020s before we see 5G fully utilized.

AT&T Adds to 5G Confusion

EE Times Jan  3 07:10

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As if there isn’t already enough confusion about what 5G is and isn’t, AT&T dropped a bombshell with the news its 4G phones supporting advanced …

CES 2019: Alexa vs. Google, foldable TVs and 5G to take center stage in Las Vegas

USA Today Jan  3 06:00

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The world’s biggest tech trade show kicks off Sunday, with some 4,000 exhibitors showing products and prototypes that promise to make our lives better.

The FCC Is Closing, So Hold Your Cell Phone Service Gripes

WIRED Jan  3 02:55

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The agency has washed its hands of much of its oversight over broadband and text-message service providers since Republicans gained control of …

AT&T’s 5G speeds may not be much faster than 4G LTE

Notebookcheck.net Jan  3 01:30

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Carriers and smartphone manufacturers have recently expressed concerns about problems they’ve encountered with implementing 5G into …

Samsung Galaxy 10 is 5G ready.

Supanet Jan  2 20:35

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Samsung Galaxy S10 will include support for 5G mobile networks, a reliable tipster with an impressive track record of forecasting updates from …

5G Phones Are Coming Soon, But You Should Wait to Buy One

Bloglovin Jan  2 20:10

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With just about every major US cellphone service provider prepping their 5G network rollouts, you’ve probably seen 2019 hyped as the beginning of …

California Refiles WEA Test Waiver Request

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has refiled its request for a waiver to conduct an earthquake warning wireless emergency alert (WEA) test in Oakland. In a filing Wednesday in PS docket 15-91, Cal OES said it wants to conduct the test on Feb. 6 with an alternative date of Feb. 13. In November, it withdrew its waiver request due to the resources needed to tackle wildfires in the state (TR Daily, Nov. 30, 2018). Meanwhile, the cities of Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo, Calif., have separately asked the FCC to grant them waivers so they can also conduct WEA tests on Feb. 6.

Courtesy TRDaily


ARRL Seeks FCC Outdoor Antenna Rules

The American Radio Relay League has filed a petition for rulemaking asking the FCC to adopt rules “to permit licensed Amateur Radio operators to erect and maintain at their residences an effective outdoor antenna for the purpose of conducting Amateur Radio communications, notwithstanding the provisions of any private land use regulations that may be imposed on the residential real property owned or leased by those Amateur Radio licensees.

Such effective outdoor antenna installations would be subject to reasonable conditions and requirements imposed by community associations, also known as homeowner’s associations (HOAs), if the governing documents of the HOA otherwise so empower the HOA. The relief requested herein is critically necessary in order to provide for the sustainability of the Amateur Radio Service in the near term and in the future; and the ability of licensees in that Service to fulfill their Federal public service obligations set forth at Section 97.1 of the Commission’s rules.”

Courtesy TRDaily

FCC Asked to Modify UWB Waiver for Heart Failure Device

Zoll Medical Israel Ltd. has asked the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology to modify a part 15 ultra-wideband waiver granted predecessor company Kyma Medical Technologies Ltd. in 2016 that enabled certification and marketing of a medical imaging and diagnostic device, the uCor 3.0 (uCor), which is designed to monitor congestive heart failure patients (TR Daily, Sept. 6, 2016).

In the redacted version of its waiver modification request, which was filed Dec. 26, Zoll noted that last September, it “received an experimental license from the Commission to conduct clinical trials using the modified device. Those trials are proving very successful, and Zoll now desires to commercialize the modified uCor for use by these patients. Because the modification, albeit minor in terms of its spectrum impact, does not meet the strict waiver conditions, Zoll hereby requests the Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology (‘OET’) grant this Petition under its general delegation of authority. To speed up the process, Zoll further requests that the Petition not be put on public notice so that it and the Commission will be spared the unnecessary and repetitious industry objections that accompany all such UWB waiver requests.”

Zoll said it “has tested the modified device in accordance with the Commission’s rules and measurement procedures (per the waiver) and can confirm that it complies fully with Part 15 Subpart F requirements and shows identical test results to the original uCor device. Thus, there would appear to be no public interest served in soliciting comments on the duty cycle modification requested in this Petition.” —Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com

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3.5 GHz Band Order Recon Petitions Still Due Jan. 7

The FCC announced today that petitions for reconsideration of  the 3.5 gigahertz band order it adopted in October (TR Daily, Oct. 23) are still due Monday, despite the fact that most of the agency’s operations have been suspended due to the lapse in congressional appropriations (TR Daily, Jan. 2). A public notice released today in GN docket 17-258 said that the deadline for the recon petitions is not extended because the agency had said that agency staff will continue to perform work related to spectrum auction activities. The FCC plans to hold an auction of 3.5 GHz band priority access licenses (PALs).

Courtesy TRDaily