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Public Policy and Public Safety

Here on CONNECT, we often discuss the technologies that impact public safety: those tools that (hopefully) make dispatchers’ and first responders’ jobs a little easier. As our colleagues inside public safety agencies are well aware, there are also important public policy issues at play that fundamentally impact the deployment of those technologies. Next Gen 911 is an obvious example. While we’ve focused on ...

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Intergraph Works with Microsoft on CityNext

For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas and nearly 70 percent of people will live in cities by 2050. This ongoing migration creates unprecedented opportunities, but also intensifies problems such as aging infrastructure, hazards to public health and safety, pollution, crime and traffic. To help meet this challenge, Intergraph Security Government ...

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3 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Public Safety CAD System

Data is critical in the public safety environment. The ability to manage and use data effectively depends on the platform: its capabilities and its flexibility to work with all necessary systems. Increasingly, an agency’s computer-aided dispatch system (CAD) is integral to the entire public safety operation. Of course, the fundamentals are important – call taking, incident creation, dispatching of units and ...

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Podcast: How 30 Years in Rescue Services Benefits One of Intergraph’s Project Managers

In this podcast, Intergraph’s Laura Beth Ezzell talks with Brian Litherland, a project manager in Intergraph’s Swindon, UK, office, about his experiencein fire services. Brian has more than 30 years’ experience in fire and rescue service, including working as the control center manager. His experience now helps him interact with Intergraph public safety customers. Hear how. Laura Beth: Thank you for joining ...

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Mobile Terminals to Help Connect Emergency Responders with Incident Data On the Go

Frederick County, Maryland, will install 172 laptops, called mobile data terminals, loaded with Intergraph’s Mobile for Public Safety, in its major fleet apparatus, including ambulances, fire engines and trucks. These laptops are expected to help streamline first responders’ jobs by arming them with real-time incident and location data when they are on the move.  Frederick County Fire Marshal Battalion Chie ...

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Next-Generation Communications Part 5: Connecting To Sensors

The IP-based technology behind next-generation communications will open the floodgates to incoming data from a wide variety of sensor networks as well. A few jurisdictions are already experimenting with roadway sensors that deliver warnings to the communications center when a road floods or traffic comes to a standstill. This warning, possibly an alarm tone, gives notice to the PSAP that trouble may be brew ...

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Podcast: How a Fire Background has Benefited an Intergraph Application Engineer

In this podcast, Laura Beth Ezzell speaks with Lukas Pilny, application engineer with Intergraph’s European public safety team. Lukas talks about how his experience in the fire and rescue industry has helped him better interact with Intergraph public safety customers. Laura Beth: Thank you for joining us for an Intergraph SG&I podcast. In today’s podcast we are talking to Lukas Pilny who is an applicati ...

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Change Management: Debriefing and Handling Future Upgrades

In our eighth and final change management video, Kim Humphrey, commander at Phoenix Police Department, talks about the importance of debriefing and documenting what works and what doesn't during an implementation and how to use those prior experiences to impact future implementations. “That’s the good thing about law enforcement; all over the country, you can pick up the phone, you can call another agency a ...

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For Some Small Towns, Public Safety Means IT Consolidation

Given the demand on local government agencies to cut costs, alternative forms of IT services and infrastructure sharing are starting to emerge, according to local government managers. In some cases, the agencies themselves absorb one another to share resources. In other cases, the departments remain intact, but share common systems. Both scenarios stem from the same problem: local governments can’t afford t ...

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