Cities need specialists to keep pace with emerging tech, experts say
Panelists at the Consumer Electronics Show suggested cities hire people — which they referred to as "lookers" — to manage civic-tech pilot projects.
FirstNet-approved device list names 163 smartphones, tablets, laptops
An original list of 17 devices has grown nearly tenfold as of 2020 and includes many popular devices, including iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
FirstNet approves $82 million budget for 2020
The budget also includes $82 million in reserve funding and $145 million in network reinvestment.
FirstNet's new 'roadmap' offers preview of network's future
Expanding the network's "deployables fleet" and improving in-building coverage fall under six priorities outlined in FirstNet's latest planning document.
Verizon inks first multi-vendor public safety contract with Massachusetts
The contract will allow Verizon and AT&T to provide dedicated service to public safety agencies in Massachusetts.
San Jose first to implement FirstNet citywide
San Jose, California, will equip 10 agencies — including police, fire and environmental services — with devices that run on the new network for public-safety communications.
FirstNet reaches new usage milestones, passes 50 percent buildout
More than 7,250 public safety agencies have signed onto FirstNet, according to AT&T, the contractor building the network. Officials say mission-critical capabilities will be rolled out throughout the year.
FirstNet publishes guiding investment principles
The FirstNet board established a set of principles for investments into the network, signaling an intention to build a roadmap to guide future improvements.
Still 'lack of belief' in GIS among emergency management leaders
On GIS Addressed, former Florida emergency management CIO Richard Butgereit says GIS is still underused and underfunded in disaster response.