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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 how in detail, which was shared in a recent Government Technology article.

“It eliminates confusion, No. 1," Roberts said. "In public safety, you need to eliminate as much confusion as possible.”

Read the full Government Technology 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 hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.


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