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April 23, 2021 | Comments
The co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Services and Law Enforcement Caucuses sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy supporting the Next-Generation 9-1-1 Act of 2021.

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April 22, 2021 | Comments
The FCC approved a third notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on ways to improve 9-1-1 reliability.

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April 22, 2021 | Comments
The FCC approved an order that completes its 800 MHz rebanding program at its April 22 meeting.

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April 21, 2021 | Comments
The Florida legislature passed and Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that re-establishes a surcharge that helps fund the Florida Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS).

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April 20, 2021 | Comments
The FCC asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to deny a variety of public-safety and industry organizations’ petition for reconsideration of its decision to allow unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band. The groups meanwhile asked the FCC to vacate the order allowing unlicensed use and remand it back to the commission for improvement.

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April 19, 2021 | Comments
Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), a 501(c)3 organization supporting drones for good for emergencies and disaster response, was awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to support drone operations within federal, state and local public-safety agencies and emergency services organizations.

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April 16, 2021 | Comments
The Public Safety Technology Alliance (PSTA) will cease operation. PSTA Board Member Jeff Johnson confirmed that the organization plans to shut down soon.

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April 16, 2021 | Comments
The New South Wales government in Australia selected TPG Telecom to deliver a multi-operator public safety mobile broadband (PSMB) network proof of concept (PoC) trial in partnership with Nokia.

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April 13, 2021 | Comments
In public safety and emergency situations, there are different priorities for people and connected things to communicate with each other and to trigger actions accordingly. This is a complex technical and operational challenge, partly because the scope of connected sensors, automated plant and information display devices varies widely, leading to a large number of integration points. As a result, many public-safety systems focus on single-purpose solutions, missing opportunities to design for cross-silo and interoperable services.

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April 06, 2021 | Comments
That tragedy, along with hundreds in the years since, served as the catalyst for groundbreaking new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) tracking and location technology. Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders (POINTER) will soon allow agencies to pinpoint their firefighters to within centimeters, helping to navigate them quickly and safely out of potentially disorienting emergency scenarios.

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