State & Local

Richmond fixes bad connection with local alarm companies

A public safety team in Richmond, Va., set off on a two-year quest to shorten the time between when alarm companies contact emergency services and when help is dispatched.

State & Local

Lessons from Alabama's NG911: Cutting edge can cut both ways

The state's IP Next Generation 911 network will not be fully up and running until well beyond the original 18-month timetable, pointing up the need to set realistic goals in pioneering tech programs.

State & Local

Alabama begins rolling out IP network for 911 calling

Alabama's Next Generation 911 system will be one of the first in the nation to move all of the state's 911 traffic to an IP network, opening the door for advanced text, video and data services.

FCC clears way for field equipment to be used on FirstNet

FCC approves technical rules and directs its Office of Engineering and Technology to begin equipment certification process for the nationwide public safety broadband network.

Cybersecurity

One city fends off cyberespionage attacks, and collaboration is key

Seattle's collaboration with the FBI and a DHS fusion center helped thwart attacks from China, but that kind of information sharing doesn't happen enough, a new report says.

Data & Analytics

Fort Lauderdale fights crime with data analytics

IBM researchers are working with the Florida city to develop an application that detects patterns and activities from a variety of data sources.

Data & Analytics

GPS accuracy still not good enough for emergencies

Location-based wireless services are in high demand, especially in public safety, but getting an accurate fix on mobile devices remains a challenge.

Cybersecurity

Updated platform rescues DHS info sharing network

The Homeland Security Information Network was in danger of cancellation until refocused project management enabled the launch of a more secure platform for sharing sensitive information across federal, state and local agencies, as well as the private sector.

State & Local

Richmond's alarm tech cuts 911 errors, speeds call center operations

The city of Richmond, Va., and its partners developed the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol that offers a better way to deliver information from alarm monitoring companies to emergency operators.

After Sandy hit, Coast Guard comm got ... better

The TRIDENT mobile ad-hoc network, pressed into service after Superstorm Sandy, improved communications for a fraction of the price, and is now being deployed elsewhere.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Disaster response simulation shows how to share cloud-based geospatial data

NGA-backed consortium demonstrates show how hybrid, geospatial clouds can be assembled for disaster response.

Cybersecurity

Tech, tactics behind CitiWatch’s large-scale video surveillance system

A video surveillance system that combines thousands of cameras requires more than technology to be effective.

Cybersecurity

Force multiplier: PSIM leverages video surveillance networks in Baltimore

With thousands of cameras providing round-the-clock surveillance of Baltimore, the CitiWatch surveillance program turned to a video analysis platform from VidSys to help make sense of all of the data.

State & Local

3 reasons smartphones aren't ready to replace police radios

Combining cellular and other digital communications with traditional police radio networks increases interoperability and extends coverage areas, but there are limits to its uses.

4 tips for better tactical video surveillance

The U.S. Park Police learned some valuable video surveillance lessons during this year's presidential inauguration.

Data & Analytics

Park Police zooms in on crowd surveillance on the Mall

Crowds for the 2013 inauguration tested their ability to secure a large public event, but advances in high-definition networked video cameras — "computers with a lens" — brought them up to the task.

Data & Analytics

With video mash-up app, first responders set up virtual ops center

Winner of National Science Foundation-funded tech challenge offers tools to help emergency responders filter video and Twitter feeds from bystanders at the scene.

Call ahead: The next 5 years of mobile computing

Mobile technology has changed a lot in the past 30 years. It may change even more in the next five.

Crowdsourcing video surveillance can work both ways

The Park Service has to be innovative when monitoring large crowds, so it uses video streams from the crowds themselves and shares the video with other agencies.

DARPA looks way outside the box for mobile on-the-fly networks

The agency wants "revolutionary ideas" on getting past IP for a mobile network that could scale to a thousand nodes.

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