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Blog // Connect Iowa

Mobile Data and Social Media’s Importance for First Responders

By Amanda Murphy

The immediacy that social media and handheld Internet access provides can be quite helpful in public safety situations. First responders often use mobile data for real-time information for themselves, as well as to share public safety information with the public as quickly as possible. Technology even allows for live feeds from an incident, giving citizens the most current information possible. FirstNet has published a video interview with Sonny Saghera, Public Information Officer with Heartland Fire and Rescue. Saghera explains how quick access to information is vital for fire and rescue personnel.   He states, “In order for us to...

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Iowa FirstNet Public Private Partnership Summit

By Amanda Murphy

The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board, along with FirstNet and the Iowa Communications Network, will be hosting a public private partnership summit on Thursday, August 25. The event will be a discussion with representatives from the public and private sector interested in the FirstNet initiative. This event will be broadcast live on the web starting at 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Register for the Online Summit   Connect Iowa, in partnership with the 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...

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Get Up to Speed on FirstNet

By Amanda Murphy

If you’re looking to get up to speed on the planned build-out of FirstNet, a recent Q&A article from American City and County has you covered. Here are a few key takeaways: FirstNet will provide public safety officials a committed, dedicated, reliable network, removing communication interruptions. FirstNet’s timeline includes choosing a contractor for the nationwide public safety network by November 2016.  Six months after that contract is in place, deployment plans for all 50 states and 6 territories will be presented. Governors will then have 90 days to accept the FirstNet deployment plan, meaning construction could begin as...

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Wireless Communications Capacity is Necessary for Large Events

By Amanda Murphy

With current wireless technology, networks quickly get overloaded in large, emergency situations. The same is true for events with large crowds, which is another reason public safety officials are looking forward to FirstNet’s national communications network dedicated for first responders.  According to FirstNet, outreach and consultation efforts with first responders throughout the U.S. have revealed a need for large capacity communication and data needs during large events. As it currently stands, a lack of sufficient bandwidth causes congestion and unreliability. When coordinating public safety resources for large-scale events, such...

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