Crypto-Jacking: Using 9-1-1 Center Computers for Profit

Most of us have heard the term ‘crypto mining’. Cryptojacking is simply using the computer power and electricity of another person or company (in this case a 9-1-1 center or PSAP) without their knowledge to ‘mine coins’. Simple Explanation Cryptocurrency is, by design, decentralized. Transactions, which are encrypted, are added to a “block’, the block […]

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TDoS Pilot Project

Today we finalized a two-year agreement to work with Securelogix on a pilot to research Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS). The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is funding the pilot. Podcast with Mark Fletcher  The article below provides a good overview: TDoS Pilot Securelogix will install equipment at our two core node locations, […]

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FirstNet and NextGen 9-1-1

There is discussion in the 9-1-1 community regarding FirstNet and how it might relate to Next Generation 9-1-1. Here in Florida, we recently received a formal briefing on FirstNet. As a reminder- in the world of the First Responder, the current Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system for voice will remain.  The initial FirstNet deployments will be […]

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Telemarketing Calls Invade 9-1-1

  Call Taker:  9-1-1, what is the location of your emergency? Caller: Hello! how are you? The caller then breaks into a sales pitch for: Dental Insurance Priceline Hilton Resorts Marriott Resorts Orlando Theme Parks Cancun resorts Travel Dollars and many more….. The telemarketers did not understand that their Robo-Dialer had routed their call to 9-1-1. […]

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GeoSpatial (location based) Routing- We Tried

When I took over this project in 2013, one feature that appealed to me was geospatial  routing. Instead of wireless 9-1-1 calls being routed to a PSAP based on the cell tower/sector database, it would now be routed to the correct PSAP based on the location of the caller. (You NG9-1-1 technical types out there- you […]

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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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State 9-1-1 Boards and NextGen

  One aspect of FirstNet that I truly respect is the fact that they are funded, organized and empowered regarding their mission. They have the potential to positively impact Public Safety on a national level. Things are not as well defined with NextGen 9-1-1. At the state level, we currently have extremes regarding  9-1-1 Boards and […]

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