Location Intelligence Powers Next Generation Emergency Response

Hurricane Sandy was the most destructive and deadliest storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and the third costliest in United States history. As a result of this failure, public safety organizations began exploring the purchase of a new broadband infrastructure. Only this time its exclusive purpose would be to facilitate communication during catastrophic events like Hurricane Sandy, when multiple agencies are exchanging critical data and communications.

Location intelligence powers next generation emergency response



New Next-Generation TV Rules Help Improve Emergency Alerting

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.


FCC Approves Privacy, Security Plan for 9-1-1 Indoor Location Database

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.

FCC Approves Privacy, Security Plan for 9-1-1 Indoor Location Database


New APCO Standard Offers Best Practices for Vehicle Telematics 9-1-1 Calls

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.


FEMA Integrates GIS Tech Into Hurricane Response and Recovery

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.


DHS Awards Apcerto $1.6M for Mobile App Security Research

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.