The First Responder Network Authority, the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, continued its consultation process by reaching out to federal agencies last week.
Spanish-speakers, particularly Hispanic millennials, have some of the highest mobile adoption rates in the country – a fact that makes multilingual mobile content all the more important.
As the Federal Communications Commission moves forward on a project that will make it easier for people to text emergencies to 911 call centers, it will build a database of Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAPs, that are ready to accept text messages.
"As an agency, there's no way I can wade through hundreds of thousands of applications and there needs to be some risk management that industry comes up with," said Walter Bigalow, chief of IT services management at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Agency mobility efforts would benefit from shared models and templates that are approved and endorsed by the federal chief information officer and CIO council, according to a whitepaper (pdf) published by the MITRE Corporation and the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center.
A new mobile application will help Peace Corps volunteers keep medical supplies stocked and establish a more efficient resupply process for overseas medical staff. It was challenging for volunteers working in remote locations to request medical supplies and overseas medical staff were spending up to eight hours a week responding to requests via email, phone and text.
Two agencies – the Energy Department and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, or DFAS – recently presented a webinar showcasing their efforts in implementing a responsive web design and the difficulties they faced.
The State Department unveiled to its workforce Oct. 3 a mobile version of Corridor, the department's internal networking and microblogging tool. The move to help foreign affairs professionals better connect and collaborate via mobile is the latest step in what Eric Nelson, director of the State Department's office of eDiplomacy, describes as a march toward greater access to the department's information assets from mobile devices.
The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental one July 23 that could create a "space neighborhood watch capability," according to a press release.
Nearly a quarter of states are not actively conducting outreach or education related to the implementation of the First Responder Network Authority, the program tasked with the development of a nationwide high-speed wireless broadband network for first responders.