The public safety ecosystem is in a state of rapid change. Federal, state and local government policy makers and elected officials are dealing with complex decisions about communications technology, legislation and regulations. End-user devices are becoming increasingly sophisticated, pushing communications networks, technology standards and related operational workflows to evolve quickly.
One of the most important — and complex — changes is the move from traditional copper loops to IP networks. The “IP revolution” is forcing public safety administrators and IT leaders to juggle multiple priorities to keep their organizations on the cutting edge. Next-generation IP networks enable the switch from wireline to wireless technologies, which bring a host of new capabilities and efficiencies that will help save citizen lives and protect first responders.
Together with policy makers and private sector allies, public safety agencies are working to build a legislative and technical foundation that will allow them to leverage the text, photo, video and GIS capabilities of modern wireless devices. Further, when combined with enterprise data management technologies, high-speed IP networks should allow public safety organizations to gather and analyze data to help improve efficiency and productivity. These high-speed networks will enable emergency communications professionals to rapidly access and electronically share a variety of relevant digital data and video with first responders and other emergency services personnel, from virtually any location.
Read this policy paper to find out more about the impact of IP-based networks and technologies on the public safety landscape and the IP-based building blocks necessary for modernizing public safety technology. You will also discover a roadmap for creating a holistic strategy encompassing multiple technology elements involved in the development of an IP-based public safety technology infrastructure.