The following post is from Jonathon Weiss, Curator of the National Health and Public Safety History Museum and is a very cool low-cost sponsorship opportunity for any company or group who supports Public Safety projects. Note: It closes 4-Mar-2020 so contact Jonathon ASAP if you or someone you know would like to help with this.Thank you ~ j & B
My name is Jonathon Weiss, founder and Curator of the National Health and Public Safety History Museum opening on March 14 in Dublin, Texas.
I have been working on a project to include more interactive new technology for visitors to the museum.
I have been building a virtual museum on a separate website that includes, audio & visual as well as more educational reading and digitized literature from the museum.
This project would make a set of disposable earbuds available as an option for every visitor to the museum that they can plug I to their phone, and as they walk around from exhibit to exhibit they can stand there, scan a QR code that brings them to a new webpage for something in the exhibit.
For example, in the civil defense exhibit, we have original vinyl records of radio shows produced by the office of civil defense that have music and then a public service announcement about how to prepare for an attack. You can scan a code and listen to the audio because I digitized a couple of the records and built an interactive webpage for it.
As of right now we have about 20 QR codes planned for before the grand opening, with plans to add many more. The problem is the headphones, disposable earbuds in bulk are not cheap in terms of initial investment.
This is a low-cost sponsorship that would cover 1 year of sponsoring interactive learning and education. $2,000 covers the cost to get at least 4,000 headphones and purchase the materials required to make the QR codes.
There is a button on the homepage of the website that brings you to the virtual museum to check it out yourself, and as the museum grows and time opens for me, the virtual will grow and the amount of QR codes will go up.
This sponsorship deadline is March 4, 2020 to ensure delivery of all the materials needed.
If this is something you or your company would like to do, it would put your name throughout the museum as well as by the headphones and on our legacy wall.
Please consider this offer but do not wait, act now before the opportunity closes.
National Health and Public Safety History Museum Jonathon Weiss, Curator Office: (254) 629-7005 LITAMedMuseum.org
We’ve been writing about the progress of FirstNet in our enews since 2014. And now that AT&T is the official provider of services for FirstNet, the dedicated communications platform created with first responders for first responders is helping to enable simpler, safer, faster and more collaborative communications.
FirstNetwill give the public safety community the 21st-century communication tools it needs to help save lives and keep communities and first responders safe.
As of late-December 2017, all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia officially Opted-In to FirstNet, so now FirstNet and AT&T have a clear line of sight to deliver a nationwide platform and communications tools being built for public safety officials.
The foundation of the FirstNet service is a highly reliable highly secure broadband network dedicated to public safety. This is the first time public safety communications will be based on global standards like Global System for Mobile Communications, realize the benefits of economies of scale, and see rapid evolution of advanced communication capabilities, on a network designed for public safety users.
Why is the FirstNet network a necessary and relevant undertaking?
Whether they’re responding to a local emergency or supporting a disaster in another city or state, public safety deserves a network that will be there for them whenever and wherever they need it. This unifying network will allow first responders and other public safety personnel to communicate across different agencies and jurisdictions throughout the country. Given current difficulties in doing this, the FirstNet network will allow public safety entities to better coordinate when jointly responding to human-caused and natural disasters.
Who can subscribe to FirstNet?
Subscribers can include primary user and extended primary users:
Primary users are public safety personnel whose primary mission and job is to provide services to the public in the areas of law enforcement, fire suppression and prevention, or emergency medical services.
Extended primary users are other entities that provide public safety services, and include individuals, agencies, organizations, non-profit or for-profit companies who are not primary users, but who may be called upon to support public safety personnel with the mitigation, remediation, overhaul, clean-up, restoration, or other such services that are required during the time of incident or post-incident. Extended primary users may be called on a temporary or on-going basis.
How does FirstNet compare to what’s currently available to public safety?
Networks get congested in disasters and emergencies, making it difficult for first responders and other public safety personnel to communicate, coordinate and do their jobs.
The public safety community uses more than 10,000 radio networks – which creates difficulty when trying to communicate across agencies or jurisdictions.
With the FirstNet network:
First responders and other public safety personnel will access one highly secure, nationwide, interoperable communications network that will support voice, data, text and video communications.
Public safety will have dedicated access to this network in times of crisis– their communications needs will come before non-public safety users.
FirstNet will also deliver specialized features to further the public safety mission, including priority, preemption and more network capacity; a resilient, hardened connection; and an applications ecosystem with innovative applications and services.
Devices connected to the network – such as wearables, drones and vehicles – will relay near real-time information to improve situational awareness and, ultimately, help save lives both of public safety responders on the front lines and the communities they protect. Mike Zeto, general manager of AT&T Smart Cities, sees a unique opportunity to bridge public safety’s capabilities with the Internet of Things (IoT)
What types of devices will work on FirstNet?
Public safety users have access to an expansive catalog of LTE devices, ranging from purpose-built rugged units to the world’s most popular smart devices and tablets, complemented with a wide range of accessories. FirstNet enables public safety customers to get the priority, coverage, and interoperability they need without sacrificing choice in the devices they require to get the job done. Additionally, FirstNet will establish Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capabilities to support volunteers and other personnel who use their personal devices for their public safety work if they meet the applicable requirements.
FirstNet rate plans support a wide variety of smartphones, tablets, laptops, modems, and network-ready devices using Android®, Apple® iOS, BlackBerry®, and Windows® Phones.
As of 22-Jan-2018 Mike Poth, First Responder Network Authority CEO announced AT&T launched a brand expressly designed for FirstNet products and services. Having a specialized brand and logo will help public safety identify the FirstNet solution and lifesaving technologies the network offers first responders across our nation.
How will this network withstand natural disasters, such as flooding or hurricanes?
The first line of defense against network impact from natural disasters is a hardened, strengthened network. AT&T builds network infrastructure to meet or exceed national standards and local wind and earthquake load requirements. They have continued to strengthen the network in hurricane-prone areas by:
Installing back-up and permanent generators at critical cell sites and switching facilities
Locating critical equipment in less vulnerable areas
Locating electronics critical to network operations above expected flood levels
Protecting physical facilities against flooding
Additionally, AT&T will provide power to the network in case commercial power is lost by adding more generators for use immediately after a storm hits. They will also place switches and generators critical to network operations in upper floors of buildings in case of flooding. AT&T has already elevated key distribution facilities in many low-lying areas and upgraded electronics in many locations, replacing copper wiring with fiber optic cable.
Learn about FirstNet network and services, rate plans, solutions, devices and apps, events and more at www.FirstNet.com.
And visit www.FirstNet.gov to learn about FirstNet’s programs and activities, including its consultation and outreach with public safety, the State Plans process, and how the Board plans to ensure the FirstNet network meets the needs of public safety – every day and in every emergency.
Google has announced a new set of features in Google Search and Maps called SOS Alerts that activate during major natural, man-made, or humanitarian disasters.
During a crisis, people need real-time information. Whether they’re experiencing an issue on the ground or trying to understand the situation from afar, Google wants their products to give people quick access to important information—such as what is going on and where it is happening—to help them stay safe and informed.
For people using Google Search to learn more about a crisis, SOS Alerts connects them with news, maps, and whenever available, updates from local authorities, emergency resources, donation opportunities, and more—all organized in one place for easy access and sharing.
For people using Maps to find out more about a crisis, SOS Alerts provide live updates about what’s going on in the area, as well as direct access to emergency resources, such as hotline numbers.
Google Public Alerts complement SOS Alerts by helping local and public authorities communicate emergency messages specifically related to official weather, public safety, and earthquake alerts.
The tech giant developed SOS Alerts in partnership with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), the Red Cross and local emergency authorities.
The below image is an example of what a Google search result might look like in an area dealing with wildfires: