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Blog // Connect Iowa

Discussing Public Safety Technology at CES 2017

By Amanda Murphy

The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is where the world’s consumer technologies are showcased for 50 years. The 2017 event was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5-8. Amidst the many new and exciting technological innovations was a discussion on public safety technology and what’s next. FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy and other public safety professionals joined the panel discussion and explained how broadband can power a public safety transformation. Los Angeles Police Department CIO Maggie Goodrich, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts, and FirstNet Senior Advisor Bill Schrier examined and explained exactly...

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$30M Grant Funds Available for Broadband Apps and Innovations

By Amanda Murphy

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) recently announced a $30 million grant opportunity toward innovative digital tools for first responders and FirstNet’s national public safety communications network. "The idea behind this is that we want to help public safety [professionals] envision what the future looks like for them. Not two years or three years from now — but what does 10 years or 15 years look like for you?" said PSCR Director Dereck Orr in an interview with FirstNet. "We want to pull that future vision forward in the timeline by thoughtfully applying...

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FirstNet Will Move Quickly Once Vendor is Awarded

By Amanda Murphy

Though the announcement by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as to the private telecommunications company chosen to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network has been delayed, FirstNet leaders say they are ready to move aggressively once the announcement is made. “We have the rigor in place. We are an up-and-running organization just as Congress intended,” FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said at the organization’s quarterly meeting held Dec. 14. “We are here and it’s done, and we are ready.” Read more in an article from techwire.net.   Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications...

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FirstNet Outlines First 100-Days

By Amanda Murphy

This week, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released an outline of plans for the first 100 days of its public-private partnership. During the FirstNet Board of Directors meeting held in Sacramento, California, officials discussed key items to highlight the organization’s readiness to deploy operations. These items included: A network operations team to lead coordination on network design and other components; A customer service team to prepare for delivering service, driving adoption, and providing a public safety grade customer experience; A forward-looking budget to ensure the most effective use of funds for the...

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