Month: June 2012

Intrado launches emergency cellphone location service

Intrado today announced that it is offering carriers a hosted emergency location solution called Emergency Assist in the United States that would enable law enforcement to find mobile-phone subscribers who are in potentially life-threatening situations, even if the cell phone is not

Google launches “Coordinate”

Location-based apps and services like Foursquare have made significant inroads among consumers in the last few years, but most of the recent developments around location-based apps have bypassed the business market. While there are some systems out there that let

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States, Feds Poised to Write New Chapter in Public Safety Communications

A running joke about public safety communication is that first responders are only trying to catch up to the average teenager with a smartphone. But the issue really isn’t funny at all: The  performance of the nation’s aging web of

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Communication with crisis-affected populations now included in IASC simulations package

A new training package on emergency simulations developed by the Inter Agency Standing Committee‘s Sub-Working Group (IASC-SWG) on Preparedness has now included communication with crisis-affected populations as a key deliverable, thanks to input from infoasaid. The new ‘Government Emergency Simulation’

Virtual Operations Support teams & Social media

Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps VOST Introduction View more PowerPoint from Jim Garrow

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Raising support

Today we have updated our “Support/Join” page. As we are a charitable trust we need YOUR SUPPORT to enable us to do our work. While we have received a lot of very valuable support already in the last 2+ years

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The #Hashtag debate…

If you are a fan of the #SMEM Community on Twitter, you already know that discussion on the use of hashtags is a common refrain. And if you aren’t on Twitter, you’ve probably heard of hashtags, but wonder what all

Interesting article analysing Social Media tools for disaster response

Having suffered through four years of study and research paper production required to complete the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, I swore I would never read another research paper, abstract, study or comic book related to

WiFi blocking wallpaper….

he past several decades have seen a dramatic shift in the way we connect to the world around us. The nearly ubiquitous presence of Wi-Fi and cellular coverage allows us to consume and receive information wherever we go throughout the

Twitcident: Delft University takes the lead in making use of social media for incident response

Delft University is now taking the lead in innovative design when it comes to making use of social media for incident response. A group of researchers with Fabian Abel, Claudia Hauff, Geert-Jan Houben, Richard Stronkman and Ke Tao focusing on

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