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Blog // Connect Iowa

Location, Location, Location: Enhancing Iowa Public Safety with GIS

By CIA Staff

February is Public Safety Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to highlight the use of GIS in various public safety agencies. Location is everything during an emergency; GIS provides the functionality to collect and manage large databases while in a fast-paced decision-making environment. GIS analysis and maps are used for everything from developing the public safety network to tracking criminal activity or emergency response routes. With the increases in technological capabilities, more and more agencies are being...

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Iowa Emergency Workers Demonstrate New Safety Technology

By CIA Staff

Your safety in emergency situations is about to get a big boost thanks to a brand new system built on broadband technology! Right now, Iowa’s first responders like firefighters, police, and ambulance crews rely on Land Mobile Radio networks along with commercial-owned cellular service systems to coordinate help in an emergency. These networks are usually slow and have limited bandwidth capabilities. But, that’s about to change. Thanks to the creation of a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) has been hosting demonstrations of what they’ll soon be able to do...

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Iowa Marks National Broadband Map 2-Year Anniversary

By CIA Staff

February 17, 2013, marked the two-year anniversary of the National Broadband Map (NBM), a tool to search, analyze, and map broadband availability across the United States. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created and maintains the NBM, populating it with broadband datasets collected and submitted by states and territories for the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also been contributing to the development and update of the NBM. The continued update and use of the NBM for economic development, federal policy, broadband expansion, as well as local...

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Iowa is Helping Lead the Charge on FirstNet Project for Public Safety

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Amanda Laverman Technology is in the works to make sure Iowans are kept safe in the event of emergency situations! The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is a new national project that will establish a single, nationwide public safety broadband network allowing all state and national agencies to communicate with each other. The broadband committee of the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board  (ISICSB) recently met to review the results of an Iowa wireless data survey. It was conducted in the fall of 2012 and distributed to approximately 300 Iowa public safety entities in order to gather...

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