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Blog // Connect Iowa

Smart Cities and FirstNet

By Connected Nation

Much is being written about IoT or the “internet of things” and its impact on cities—particularly smart cities.  Smart cities are those with sufficient digital infrastructure to collect, monitor, and analyze data in real time in order to impact the management of important community services. FirstNet will help cities better manage unplanned events/emergencies. This video provides an excellent overview of how FirstNet will equip smart cities. Watch the video here.   Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of...

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EMS Teams Need Consistently Fast Network

By Connected Nation

FirstNet officials attended the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) conference in New Orleans recently. NAEMSP members highlighted the need for dependable and real-time data while providing emergency care aware from medical facilities. Often times, EMS services’ data is carried over commercial networks that can be slower in times of heavy use. Time and information is critical to patient care.  FirstNet offers the potential to provide consistent and fast data access for EMS professionals providing healthcare in emergency situations. Read the article.   Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability...

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Video: FirstNet Lab Tests Coverage

By Connected Nation

FirstNet’s Innovation and Test Lab is conducting an analysis of coverage reliability. Dropping a call or having data interrupted may be inconvenient, but it isn’t life threatening typically. For first responders using FirstNet, the seamless reliability of access to the network will be critical. The FirstNet Lab in Boulder, Colorado is conducting tests to measure mobile reliability.  Use the following link to read more. Read the article.   Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and...

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NASCIO Priorities for 2017 Include FirstNet

By Connected Nation

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) includes FirstNet as a 2017 advocacy priority.  State CIOs are often the single point of contact for FirstNet. Coordination with states and governors will be critical in 2017 as governors must decide to “opt-in or opt-out” of the FirstNet network. Read the full NASCIO release here.   Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-...

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