Apcerto received a $1.6 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to research and develop solutions for normalizing and rating mobile applications based on predefined standards, as well as to develop a framework for orchestrating the entire mobile application security process.
Verizon is building out its own network for public safety and first responder organizations, hoping to offer the enhanced services to users of its national wireless network. “We’ve proposed a network solution we believe will achieve the mission of FirstNet, as well as maintain the competitive nature of the communications marketplace,” said Michael Maiorana, senior vice president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
GCI in Alaska, MobileNation in Illinois, Nemont in North Dakota and PTCI in Oklahoma deployed wireless emergency alerting technology from Interop Technologies. As a Federal Emergency Management Agency certified gateway host, Interop’s eWEA solution supports operators on various 3G and 4G networks.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responder Group examined two communications technologies and evaluated them for public-safety use. FRG evaluated the Mobile Ad-hoc Networking system, a communications system originally developed for military use, and an Android Tactical Awareness Kit to determine if they could improve communications and public-safety situational awareness.
|When first responders are overwhelmed by an emergency and people are panicked and desperate, it is increasingly vital that victims can get information they need via their smartphones. Now that MAPFEAT can show what people really want to know in a mass emergency, the researchers hope public information apps can be updated to address the needs of a panicked population by providing useful information.|
LaaSer Critical Communications was issued U.S. patent for the company’s technology, which accurately locates mobile-phone callers who dial 9-1-1 and routes them to the most appropriate emergency services response center. LaaSer’s technology locates a caller with tremendous accuracy often before the call routing decision is made, ensuring the appropriate PSAP receives the call.
Motorola Solutions announced it will provide mobile apps, software and services for the First Responder Network Authority network as part of its role on the AT&T team selected by the U.S. government to deliver the U.S. nationwide public-safety broadband network. The company will also deliver a suite of mobile apps, such as mapping and messaging, built for the unique needs of public safety.