First Responder

Microsoft Introduces Cloud Offerings for Where Networks Aren’t

The company's offerings are to support disaster response and military efforts in remote or network-deprived locations.

What Public Safety Agencies Can Do While Waiting for Next Generation 911

The old system has been the victim of its own success, a software executive argues.

How States Responded to the Loss of 911 and Other Services

CenturyLink’s recent outage is being investigated by at least two states, in addition to the FCC.

CDC Wants to Use Blockchain to Get People to Crisis Zones Faster

The tech would pull data from across the agency and automatically identify the right people for certain emergencies.

Mutual Aid Agreements Bring First Responders, Utility Crews to Hurricane Zone

With conditions worsen in the Carolinas, rescue personnel and power crews are ready to respond when it's safe to do so.

Why Government Gamification Still Matters

Gamification is becoming increasingly important in civilian and defense matters.

DHS Gives ‘Power Suit’ a Whole New Meaning

The agency wants first responders’ clothing to be able to generate and store electricity.

Pilot-Optional Helicopters Could Be the Future of Fighting Wildfires

The Interior Department’s been working on a plan to expand its aerial firefighting efforts from daylight-only to a 24-hour cycle.

FirstNet to Offer Emergency Drop Kits Creating a ‘Connected Bubble’ to First Responders

AT&T’s team is also working with states to get a liaison in every emergency operations center.

Cloud-Based Mapping Could Play a Bigger Role in Disaster Response This Hurricane Season

Localities are using maps to visualize hazards, process damage imagery and crowdsource flood information.

DHS Teams Up With Canadian Counterpart to Test First Responder Tech

Among the first technologies to be tested is an application that uses artificial intelligence to help paramedics make better decisions when treating patients.

Interior is Using Drones to Save People Trapped by Hot Lava

They’ve also been faster and safer than putting boots on the ground, a department official said.

A New Way Drone Hobbyists Are Endangering First Responders

Amateurs flying unmanned aerial vehicles have previously grounded firefighting aircraft. Now, their devices are actually sparking wildfires.