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Blog // Connect Iowa

Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Implementation Webinars

By Amanda Murphy

The Iowa Statewide Communications System Board (ISICSB) will host webinars today about the implementation of the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System (ISICS). The webinar will overview the ISICS P25 Statewide Platform and focus specifically on the technology of the platform. The agenda includes the following topics: ·       95% statewide coverage for mobile radios ·       Geographically diverse, redundant network cores ·       Fully compliant to P25 trunking standards ·       GPS location tracking of mobile...

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FirstNet Gives Update to Senate Commerce Committee

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth testified on Tuesday in a hearing titled “FirstNet Oversight: An Update on the Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network." The hearing was before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. During the hearing, the Inspector General’s Office presented three major challenges they have identified that FirstNet will face and need to address in order for the nationwide public safety broadband network to succeed—acquisition management, consultations with states and other localities, and internal control. FirstNet has posted video of the hearing on its website, along with...

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Broadband Helps Local Farmers

By Chris McGovern

It’s June, and that means the start of summer. Around here, that equals the end of classes, evenings on the lake, and the return of the summer farmers market.  Even though the county’s open air market feels like it’s a thousand miles from technology, local farmers are still benefiting from the ability to use broadband to grow, advertise, and sell their wares. The entire agricultural sector benefits from the access and usage of broadband service. In May, a Hudson Institute report noted that rural broadband services supported over $100 billion in e-commerce and nearly 70,000 jobs in 2015.  While that figure includes e-commerce from a...

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The Internet of Lifesaving Things

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet President TJ Kennedy describes the upcoming nationwide public safety broadband network as revolutionary for emergency communications. In a recent interview with EMS World, Kennedy shares details as to how the network will empower EMS and will bring about the “Internet of Lifesaving Things.” “Imagine if paramedics could send a drone ahead of their arrival to an incident to gauge the severity and even determine if additional EMS resources will be necessary. As they arrive, they use connected tools to take the vitals of an injured individual and send the data to the nearest hospital in real time before and during EMS transport,” says...

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