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Oct 16 2017 911 Outage Narrowly Averted Due To A Next Generation 911 Solution

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(Photo: Courtesy of Baltimore County Fire Department) With all of the 911 outages we have seen over the past few months, finally we hear a story about a Next Generation 911 (NG911) solution that worked as designed and allowed emergency calls to be handled in the midst of a potential disaster. Baltimore County faced a potentially major disaster […]

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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 of the […]

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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 fatalities were reported. Why Did Montgomery County’s 911 Outage Happen? Ironically, the outage […]

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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 unstaffed […]

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Jun 07 2017 What’s Wrong With Being Small

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Twenty-five years. This year marks the 25th year for MicroAutomation. Wow, that’s a long time! A few months ago, when I realized that MicroAutomation has been in existence for almost a quarter century, I found myself reminiscing about the early days and remembering all of the challenges we have faced since we opened our doors. One of […]

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