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Possibly more so than any other aspect of public safety, effective communications are mission-critical for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical service providers, and other governmental organizations. In the past, first responders primarily used voice communications, resulting in a potentially dangerous lack of situational awareness. With the development of new wireless technologies, the available options have expanded to include narrowband data, text messaging, satellite video, and other forms of communications.
In a crisis when just a few minutes are the difference between life and death, police, fire and rescue personnel have to be able to talk to each other on two-way radios that use similar technology. That’s the idea behind the P25 initiative, which aims to ensure that safety agencies communicate via a common standard […]Read more →
Police officers on bicycles have become a fixture in downtowns and beach towns around the world. They enjoy maneuverability that officers in cars can only dream of; and they can get to a scene much faster than colleagues on foot. Keeping officers’ communications up to date and their hands on the handle bars requires the […]Read more →
A growing issue among police departments around the country is quick and efficient communication, not only within individual departments, but also between communities. Being able to work with other departments over a large area is part of everyday police life, which is why departments need to make sure they’re communicating as clearly and succinctly as […]Read more →
There’s been growing debate around encrypted radio communications. Public safety officials argue that encryption creates a safer working environment, for both officers on duty and the public at large. However, opponents don’t like the idea of any public officials working under secrecy and, further, argue that it benefits everyone if law-abiding citizens and the media […]Read more →