Kansas- Statewide ESInet Progress

The State of Kansas continues to make great progress on their goal of creating a statewide ESInet , including NextGen Core Services. Since signing on with AT&T in April of 2017, the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council , has done a great job of connecting counties to the network. Unfortunately, the majority of states have not […]

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60 Minutes and 9-1-1

You may have watched the interview last night on 60 Minutes. The former head of the FBI Cyber Crime Unit, Mike Christman, was interviewed on the topic of Ransomware. Scott Pelley made the statement “you’re waiting for the day that somebody says we have the 9-1-1 system of a major city held hostage and we […]

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Cyber Security Buyer – Be Aware

Unfortunately for those responsible for protecting critical infrastructure such as 9-1-1, Cybersecurity can be a very complex topic. I would like to provide part of a recent LinkedIn post by Chris Roberts :“Starting with the simple stuff: Know thyself: Why are you looking? (Proactive, Understanding or Oh-Sh*t moment) What are you looking for? (Product, partner, […]

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Carbyne, Cisco and Smart Cities

Carbyne has scored a major win by announcing their inclusion in the Cisco Kinetic Cities architecture. The idea of creating a partnership with a global enterprise company like Cisco and their IoT offering makes a lot of sense for public safety. In this scenario, the call and media handling requirements are hosted by the Cisco […]

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Should We Nationalize 9-1-1?

Barry Furey recently wrote an article in the publication “Firehouse” Barry discusses the current challenges facing 9-1-1 and presents the concept of modeling 9-1-1 after the FAA Air Traffic Control system . “If we are united in anything, it should be in our desire to attract and maintain an adequately trained force of telecommunicators nationwide, […]

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Calculating the Vertical Location for 9-1-1 Calls- Update

This July, testing is scheduled to formally begin in 20 high rise buildings located in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco. The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) will serve as the Program Manager for these tests. “Stage Za (Altitude – Z-axis) – As a next step from the initial Stage Z test conducted in 2018, […]

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