The FCC adopted new rules to let television broadcasters use the next-generation broadcast TV transmission standard, called ATSC 3.0, on a voluntary, market-driven basis. The TV standard will let broadcasters provide consumers with more vivid pictures and sound, including ultra-high definition television and superior reception, mobile viewing capabilities, advanced emergency alerts, better accessibility features, localized content and interactive educational children’s content, the FCC said.
The FCC approved the privacy and security plan for the National Emergency Address Database, submitted by national wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Verizon, as well as NEAD LLC. NEAD, which is being developed to identify the dispatchable locations of wireless 9-1-1 callers when the caller is indoors, is a database that will enable wireless providers to use media access control address and Bluetooth public device addresses information of fixed indoor access points to locate wireless devices being used to call 9-1-1.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International received final approval from the American National Standards Institute for an American National Standard that identifies recommended best practices for public-safety answering points when processing vehicle telematics calls from telematics service providers.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency Hurricane Journal uses geospatial system technology from Esri to combine information from all those sources into a cloud-based dashboard for disaster-response decision-making. The Hurricane Journal draws on data from joint field offices, disaster recovery centers, shelters and other sources. It is organized into sections with maps related to support, resources, assistance, population, building impacts, transportation and infrastructure.
Mississippi and Georgia became the latest states to issue requests for proposals for alternative statewide broadband radio access networks to the state plan proposals from the First Responder Network Authority.
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.