To help supply the demand for workers in the wireless industry, public- and private-sector entities are joining forces.
More than three dozen telecommunications companies have signed up to participate in an independent test bed to evaluate advanced broadband equipment and software for first responders.
The organization building an interoperable broadband communications network for police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders wants to develop mobile systems that would provide temporary coverage for emergency personnel when they're outside the network.
Digital content managers at federal agencies will soon have actionable best practices for making mobile information more accessible to persons with disabilities. The W3C, an international group that sets standards and guidance for accessible technology, as well as evaluation criteria for conformance, will build on a draft document published in February to create an informative technical report on mobile accessibility.
Mobile technology is a critical tool for delivering citizen services at the Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments, said federal officials.
The government's need to offer mobile apps is obvious – as is the need to test their usability before agencies release them for public use. To make such studies easier and less expensive, the General Services Administration's DigitalGov team suggests a few methods.
For example, fast broadband connectivity will allow Customs and Border Protection agents to use the full range of capabilities offered by smartphones such as mission-critical apps, geospatial services and the ability take video and transmit it to central headquarters.
The Homeland Security Department's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is bringing a user-centered approach to its public interaction and, as a result, the agency has made recent strides in the mobile space.
They discussed collection of vital data from tribes, development of a education and outreach multimedia campaign as well as expanding the tribal working group to include representation from more groups such as the Navajo Nation.
A Federal Communications Commission official requested early involvement from the public safety community in moving enhanced wireless 911 calling from policy to actual implementation.