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DHS S&T, Google, IJIS Hold Text-To-911 Event

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate partnered with Google and the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute to conduct an event to help optimize public safety communication technologies for people with limited English language capacities. The Text-to-911 Translation TechFest delivered insights in current translation platforms and promoted the need for research and development efforts to reinforce efficient 911 call response, DHS said Wednesday

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House Bill Would Authorize Military Force Against Terrorism

House lawmakers have proposed a bipartisan bill that would authorize the U.S. president to use military force against the Islamic State militant group, Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations for five years. The proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force legislation aims to update previous AUMFs that Congress enacted in …

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FCC Reopens Online Filing System for 911 Service Reliability Certifications

The Federal Communications Commission has reopened an electronic process for service providers to file annual 911 reliability certifications on FCC’s web-based portal. The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau said Friday that covered 911 service providers can submit certification information online through Oct. 15. FCC’s rules mandate that providers of emergency communications services comply with …

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FCC Task Force to Develop 911 Planning Framework for IP-Based Platform Shift

A Federal Communications Commission task force will develop a planning framework and scorecard to support efforts by public safety agencies to shift their 911 systems to Internet Protocol-based platforms, Urgent Communications reported Tuesday. Donny Jackson writes the FCC’s Task Force on Optimal Public Safety Answering Points Architecture held a webcast meeting to discuss the second phase of its effort after the …

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FCC Pushes for 911 Text Messaging Capability; Tom Wheeler Comments

Chairman Tom Wheeler and the Federal Communications Commission have voted to implement an across-the-board emergency response text messaging service by the end of 2014, The Hill reported Friday. Under the order, wireless companies and messaging applications will be required to enable users to send texts to 911, a move that is meant to bolster public safety …

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Juan Zarate on Undermining Terrorist Financial Networks, Adapting to Asymmetric Threats & the Evolution of the Anti-Money Laundering System

This is the second part of an interview with Juan Zarate, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and author of Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare. Zarate was instrumental in developing and implementing new global financial mechanisms to promote U.S. national security as a …

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FCC Striving for GPS Capable Phones by 2018

In an ongoing effort to enable 911 location services for mobile devices, similar to what landlines already offer, the Federal Communications Commission last week proposed for all phones to be GPS-enabled by 2018. The FCC said in its order that this effort is both achievable and inexpensive because most 2G and 3G handsets …

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FCC Seeking Public Comment on 911 Texts, Photos

The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to seek public comment on ways to enable the country’s 911 system to receive text messages, pictures and videos. The 911 system only supports voice calls, but text and multimedia messaging has become commonplace. During the open hearing, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski referenced the …

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FCC to Probe Cell Phone Problems After Quake

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate reports that some wireless calls to 911 could not get through because of congestion on cell networks after Tuesday’s East Coast earthquake. Broadcasting & Cable reports FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has directed the agency’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to collaborate with wireless …

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