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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TDoS

This past week I was in Miami at the local FBI Field Office discussing the ongoing TDoS attacks. Ray Young, from the FBI office in Baltimore, is the lead agent. He requested that any PSAP experiencing attacks against their administrative lines please contact him: Ray Young – lryoung@fbi.gov (410) 277-6235 In addition to calling PSAPs […]

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A New Form of TDoS

9-1-1 Centers have experienced a different version of a TDoS attack on their administrative lines. The TWIST is that when these calls are answered, you join an in-progress ‘conference call’ created by the attacker. Call takers from numerous 9-1-1 centers are all bridged together. This causes confusion and it can take a few minutes to […]

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Here Comes the Cloud..

The recent release of the document “Recommended Best Practices for Supplemental 9-1-1 Location Data” by NENA, NASNA and iCert formally legitimizes the concept of having an additional data repository that can exist in the ‘cloud’ (the green oval in the diagram below), outside of the NextGen Core Services model. RapidSoS was the first company to […]

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