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.
Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology are developing a “high-speed Internet lane” they hope will ease the flow of information during disasters and prevent the congestion that can delay transmission of key data quickly. Multi-Node Label Routing protocol boasts a failover mechanism that chooses an alternate path if a failure of a link or node is detected. The new protocol can run below existing protocols and run without disruption.
The 5G network, augmented reality, machine learning and other innovations are delivering options to rapidly advance the power of smart cities technology. The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions released “Smart Cities Technology Roadmap” to help city planners know what’s on the horizon so that they can start developing technology visions. The road map is the first industry publication for city decision-makers that provides an overview of the network-enabled technologies to have the greatest impact on the evolving smart city. The goal is to foster better budgeting, purchasing and staging decisions.
The FirstNet contract to build a nationwide public safety broadband network is less than two months old, but government and industry officials alike say they’re excited by the work that’s already underway. “FirstNet is in the process of putting together its own ecosystem,” FirstNet board member Teri Takai said at an event in Washington D.C. “There will be a developer platform, there’ll be testing and certification, there’ll be an app store for distribution of those applications…. That infrastructure is going to be important. ”