Brian Heaton was a writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines from 2011 to mid-2015.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Fire Department and other responders now have access to 4G wireless speed in the field.
Analytics help New York City firefighters track potential hot spots.
While many law enforcement officials are dabbling with real-time video feeds during investigations, experts believe still images are more effective for decision-making.
Boston, Minneapolis and Buffalo are some of the municipalities harnessing the power of GPS sensors and machine-to-machine communication to modernize snow removal practices.
Study reports lack of formal training to take advantage of social media as a tool for crime investigation, prevention and anticipation.
A Tracy, Calif.-based company’s portable sterilizers are a hit with hospitals and governments dealing with and preparing for Ebola outbreaks.
Increased state investment in fusion centers may suggest a change of opinion on the information-gathering groups.
Experts are hopeful that a new NIST framework will give agencies a method to evaluate the security of their computing environments against their peers.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1211, which requires the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to develop a timeline for a statewide next-generation 911 emergency communications system.
Program to share threat information was opened to state and local government last year, but few seem to be aware of it.
New legislation would allow three Connecticut towns to consolidate their 911 dispatch centers.
The wireless industry is bristling over the commission’s proposed rulemaking on indoor horizontal and vertical wireless 911 location results.
New legislation would raise the monthly emergency 911 services fee on cellphone bills from 70 cents to $1.
The FCC wants all text message providers to support emergency texts to 911 by the end of the year. But call center managers have concerns.
Most rural emergency managers lack resources and staff but still must prepare for the worst.
Neshoba County, Miss., will open a state-of-the-art EOC this spring, featuring a next-generation 911 system.
The Find Me 911 Coalition is pushing the FCC to craft stricter regulations to better pinpoint the location of emergency calls made from mobile devices.
The authority in charge of the nationwide public safety network is seeking information on apps, cloud and identity management technology.
Deploy Pro will help incident commanders manage personnel and information during emergencies.
Signs point to academic expertise having a more significant impact in the emergency management workplace moving forward.
From planning activities to grant funding, the wheels are moving to provide emergency responders with a high-speed, nationwide public safety network in the near future.
Palm Beach County, Fla., is installing an emergency vehicle priority system that adjusts traffic signal times to help improve traffic flow for fire and rescue teams.
The Cyber Fusion Cell improves the state's ability to share information on cyberthreats by collaborating with public- and private-sector entities.
The Boston Marathon bombings were a chilling reminder that terrorist attacks don’t need to be big to wreak havoc on a population.
Serval Mesh and BRCK are part of the next generation of technologies that could make communication during disasters easier.
Software-based system gives San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s officers the ability to use smartphones to communicate with dispatch.
The North Carolina Bio-Preparedness Collaborative is receiving an additional $3 million in federal funding to expand its health epidemic forecasting technology.
Large volumes of data sets derived from sophisticated sensors and social media feeds are increasingly being used by government agencies.
California's considering a bill to create a statewide system to alert people when earthquakes are coming. Scientists say the East Coast has just as much to gain from it as the Golden State.
The CERTify mobile app will enable Community Emergency Response Team coordinators to organize and manage the activities and data of volunteer emergency responders.
Are plans based on historical data out of date? Emergency managers and scientists discuss the impact of irregular storms and other natural phenomena.
Hawaii is retrofitting its entire emergency siren network, moving to satellite and cellular control technology.
The national public safety broadband network should let federal, state and local emergency response personnel share data, do their jobs more efficiently and save more lives in the process.
Online tools have made interacting with the public more convenient, but the legal pitfalls associated with social media have also been exposed.
Seven regional wireless networks could soon serve as models for a nationwide public safety broadband communications system.
Ready Virginia application from the state's Department of Emergency Management should enable citizens to better prepare for the unexpected.
The office will assist FirstNet — which is charged with rolling out the National Public Safety Broadband Network — with procurement and other activities.
California's Redwood City Police Department is connecting better with residents through the use of live video and text chats.
Birds-eye technology kept emergency personnel out of harm’s way while delivering photos of accident scene.
Norfolk, Va.'s Web-based application made incident reporting more efficient and cut down the time it took to compile an assessment report in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Police officers in Harrison County, Miss., use mobile tools to make routine traffic stops safer and more efficient.
In the future, behavioral data and clues from virtual interactions may help cops stop bad guys before they've even drawn up a plan.
Residents can now subscribe to a mobile app that notifies them of emergencies in their local areas.
Map application works on mobile devices without a network connection, helping responders in areas of Frederick County, Va., without cellular service.
Norfolk, Va., is using a Web-based system to modernize data collection of storm-related incidents and damages.
Web-based technology is helping Boulder County, Colo., identify when and where lightning is hitting for more accurate emergency response.
A new Web application developed by Code for America is helping residents of Austin, Texas, better protect their homes from wildfires.
Technology incorporates multiple data sources and predictive modeling to help keep residents safe from floods in Austin, Texas.
Police departments across the nation are stepping up enforcement efforts on July 4 by using social media and video cameras.
Online database highlights the location and status of life-saving equipment throughout the Silver State.
The Rialto Police Department in California uses a sophisticated software program that gives officers a heads up on crime trends in the city.