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Sep 02 2017 What Does Google’s Emergency Location Service Announcement Mean For PSAPs?

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One of the most common challenges experienced by almost 90 percent of modern Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) is accurately identifying the location of an emergency 911 caller. This is due to a reliance upon decades-old technology that was designed when landlines (tied to accurate billing addresses) were the norm. In today’s world, that kind […]

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Aug 10 2017 FCC Chairman Calls For NG911 Funding And Support For PSAPs

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(Photo: Brendan Keefe, WXIA-TV via USA TODAY) Next Generation 911 holds promise as the next evolution of emergency services technology for North America. It supports multimedia, a single, consolidated method of communication, and interoperability at a regional, state, and nationwide level utilizing a robust emergency services network. The latest appeal to Congress by the Chairman […]

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Jul 21 2017 Montgomery County 911 Outage Highlights Importance of NG911 Upgrade Planning

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The latest 911 outage in Maryland reinforces the need for resilient backup environments that can recover from unforeseen occurrences. Recently, Montgomery County’s 911 services were unavailable for almost two hours due to a power outage in the county’s backup 911 center. It was a series of unexpected events that resulted in this outage, during which two […]

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Jun 29 2017 City of Baltimore 911 Outage highlights Need For A NG911 Solution

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Recently, the city of Baltimore experienced a 911 outage that left the city without 911 services for almost two hours. A formal investigation of the situation still has not provided any explanation on what caused the outage, however, it has been determined that 911 calls were being improperly routed by the carrier (Verizon) to an […]

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Jun 18 2017 Next Generation 911 Is The Future For Our Antiquated 911 Infrastructure

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Several years ago, I was involved in an overseas project to implement emergency services similar to our 911 service in the United States.  While working on that project, I was surprised to learn that the emergency services in the United States are considered to be the “gold” standard in the international community.  It seems that […]

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