Public Safety

The uncomfortable questions facing Capitol Police over the security breach by MAGA mob

To many policing experts this was nothing short of an international embarrassment for American law enforcement and a searing indictment of a police department that appeared to be caught completely unprepared.

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A quiet, steady communications revolution has radically improved response in public safety

Service members and first responders are communicating with more speed, precision and unity than ever before in response to internal and external threats.

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FBI expands use of FirstNet services

The FBI has signed on for FirstNet mobility services to support its day-to-day and emergency operations.

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How assistive AI improves emergency response

Assistive technology uses artificial intelligence to analyze complex, unfolding situations to help dispatchers quickly make informed decisions.

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FirstNet updates roadmap for data-driven responders

The updated roadmap reflects the changing needs of public safety agencies and advancing mobile technology trends.

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Bmore Responsive: Home-grown emergency response coordination 

Working with the local Code for America brigade, Baltimore’s Health Department built a new contact management system that saves hundreds of hours when checking in on senior care centers during emergencies.

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Army signs 70+ bases up for FirstNet

With FirstNet, the Army’s Installation Management Command will ensure installations have communications capabilities during emergencies and resolve interoperability and coordination issues between base security forces and local first responders.

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Hurricanes and wildfires are colliding with the COVID-19 pandemic – and compounding the risks

Using data on social vulnerability, pandemic risk and hazard probability, an interactive map pinpoints sources of vulnerability to help disaster response managers recognize the compound risks posed by the confluence of the pandemic and any natural hazard.

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How technology can help local police improve efficiencies and better serve citizens

Tools like automated license plate recognition software and vehicle recognition systems can be used to create a contactless and efficient form of policing that can help departments manage their budgetary realities while keeping their officers and communities safe for everyone.

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Automating breathalyzer tests to reduce in-person contact

As people social distance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police are finding tools to help them enforce the law and practice social distancing.

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Technology will drive 2020 hurricane readiness and response

As emergency response agencies prepare for hurricanes against the backdrop of COVID-19, they must train staff, validate processes and policies and test and update technology to better inform response and mitigate health risks to responders.

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FirstNet board gives thumbs up to 5G, deployables investment

More than $200 million will be invested in network upgrades and expansion of FirstNet’s fleet of deployable assets.

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Effective intergovernment communication fosters clear, calm crisis management

Emergency notification systems facilitate the distribution of updates from collaborating government agencies so that all civilians are receiving one clear, unified message about what’s happening.

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This disaster season, ‘everything is complicated by COVID-19’

As summer brings hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters to much of the country, the novel coronavirus has upended nearly every plan in the disaster response playbook.

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FEMA’s plan for hurricane response during a pandemic

This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s hurricane season guidance also addresses the complications introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Building data science muscle to improve probation services

To take advantage of evidence-based approaches to supervising offenders on parole, one federal office wants to teach interested staff about data science.

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Open source community helps responders improve rescue operations

The open source Emergency Response Demo is a “call for aid” application that supports evacuation efforts in hurricane-ravaged areas by helping disaster response officials monitor rescue efforts and match volunteers with boats to people who need evacuation.

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How 911 dispatchers can work from home

In Alexandria, Va., 911 dispatchers are taking calls and handling operations from their homes using FirstNet’s network, hotspots and smartphones.

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Can your community handle a natural disaster and coronavirus at the same time?

Current playbooks for responding to a tornado or a hurricane likely don’t include the need to consider social distancing in emergency shelters or how to get help from other states when a widespread health crisis is underway.

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How IoT can track health supplies

As many states continue to plead for more face masks and shields, the internet of things can help with inventory and supply-chain tracking.

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