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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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Aug 05 2017 Is The IVR Dead Or Alive?

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I frequently attend the customer service trade shows and themes typically involve education on emerging technologies not yet widely adopted. For example, this year I attended several shows that focused on support for social media platforms like Facebook Messenger or Twitter. Prior to this rising trend in customer service for social media, web and text chat took center stage […]

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Jul 27 2017 Texting Has Become The Channel Of Choice

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We all read the statistics – we might even question their validity – but study after study after study continues to repeat the concept that the world has gone mobile. I recently conducted a personal study and attempted to engage 25 utilities in a mobile self-service test. I found the customer care number and via text sent each company 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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Jul 17 2017 Yes, Voice Communication Still Has Its Place

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Is voice communication dead? I was pondering that very question last week while sitting on the beach watching my kids texting and playing on Instagram with their friends, instead of frolicking in the waves. Yeah, sure, they would get up periodically to cool off in the surf; but they spent most of the time texting […]

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