President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 582—legislation better known as Kari’s Law—requiring that emergency callers can dial 911 directly from phones associated with multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) that are commonplace in hotels, offices and other enterprises.
Apple Valley Watch, a public safety app that allows users to “Report a Problem” from their smartphones, was soft launched by the town. Available for download on iPhone and Android mobile devices, Apple Valley Watch’s main feature allows users the option to photograph or video an incident, provide report details and select the report type from a 14-option list that includes suspicious activity and vandalism.
Apple announced that its new operating system, scheduled to be released in the second quarter, will offer support for advanced mobile location. The technology will automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
A new “safe cities” survey sponsored by Unisys and conducted by research company YouGov queried a total of nearly 4,000 respondents in 10 cities around the world to gauge their attitudes on a wide range of security-related issues. U.S. city dwellers registered a high level of willingness to use online media to help law enforcement agencies combat crime. “This survey shows that people in U.S. cities want two-way interaction with law enforcement agencies,” said Mark Forman, global head, Unisys Public Sector.”
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.
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.