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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Cyber Security – You Probably Need a Consultant

It Was Not That Long Ago.. A few years ago, Next Generation 9-1-1 became THE buzzword in Public Safety. A lot of money was spent hiring consultants to develop an RFP, support the selection process  and assist in the migration.  The money was spent, in many cases, simply because the organization did not have the required […]

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Campus Safety- What Part Does a PSAP Play?

Boca Raton is a beautiful city of approx. 91,000 located in southern Palm Beach County. Florida Atlantic University (FAU) sits on 850 acres within the city limits-  a mere 2 miles from the ocean. About 31,000 students attend this campus. The university has its own sworn officers, giving it legal jurisdiction over the campus. 9-1-1 calls […]

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Ransom Attacks

  There are three broad categories of hackers: Destructive (crash a website, destroy data) Social Justice (Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks) Those that want to make a Profit  One of the popular tactics used by those in category 3  is to hack into a company database (such as Target) and steal credit card information. The hacker can then take these […]

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Google Can Now Provide Wireless 9-1-1 Location Information with its Android Operating System.

First-  It is important to remember that there can be three distinct issues involving wireless 9-1-1 calls :   Call Routing  (Having the 9-1-1 call routed to the correct PSAP) Enhanced Location Information (Phase II) Challenge Indoor Location Information Challenge With this recent Google announcement, we are only dealing with items number 2 and 3 above. The Google […]

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FCC Chairman Testifies on NG9-1-1

Today there was a meeting regarding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) oversight responsibilities, conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. I am encouraged by the recommendation regarding funding for NG9-1-1. Below is the testimony of FCC Chairman Wheeler: Text of Wheeler Testimony on NG9-1-1 During my tenure as FCC Chairman, and in […]

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SECURITY – sometimes difficult to define

I received a letter from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C. recently. The OPM experienced a major security HACK, which they publicly admitted (thank you).  This breach of data  included, as I learned in the letter, details that were voluntarily provided and additional information from background investigations for thousands of security clearances, including mine (past life). […]

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