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5/18/2017

Residents of the Chartridge neighborhood of Severna Park, Md., are fighting against a proposed 28-home development planned for the five-acre green space in their community. Residents use the site for community gatherings, sports and picnicking, and they are appealing the county's approval of the home development plan for the site.

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5/18/2017

The police department in Henderson, Nev., aims to raise awareness of its two-year-old text-to-9-1-1 capability, which has been used nearly 400 times. "I'm surprised everyone is not doing it across the nation, because it really is a great technology and for us to be the only one in Nevada, it makes me, it makes most of us proud that we have that capability," said Jason Gacek of the Henderson Police Communications Center.

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KTNV-TV (Las Vegas)
5/18/2017

AT&T and other tech businesses involved in FirstNet "have had an extremely productive month collaborating on a number of priorities, such as state plans and the development of an online portal that will be used to deliver the plans to the states and territories," said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. "We have also had initial discussions regarding the FirstNet core network architecture," he added.

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TechNewsWorld
5/18/2017

Legislation allowing Pennsylvania police officers to wear body cameras has passed the state Senate unanimously, but it's unclear how soon it will see action in the House. The bill is controversial among some groups for the way it would treat public access to body camera footage.

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New Castle News (Pa.)
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5/18/2017

The proposed budget for Greenville County, S.C., addresses public safety and seeks more sheriff's deputies, communication specialists, detention officers and EMS personnel.

5/18/2017

Replacing 40-year-old technology with a new computer system is expected to improve emergency response times in Shasta County, Calif. "The system that we're buying has a GPS component to it, so each vehicle comes up on a map for dispatch so they can look on their map and see what the closest units are to that crime that's being reported, and dispatch the closest unit," said Anderson Police Chief Michael Johnson.

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5/18/2017

Nokia has launched an Ultra Compact Network, which is aimed at emergency responders and can provide an LTE signal for up to 400 users in areas without connectivity.
The network can be set up quickly and comes in a backpack-based model, vehicle-mounted model and rack-mounted, fixed-installation model.

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Wireless Week
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5/17/2017

City employees in Dayton, Texas, last week received training in CPR and defibrillator use from local emergency medical services employees, at the urging of new City Council member Alvin Burress. "My goal is for us to be a catalyst for the other cities and the county to be aware, as well," said Burress.

5/17/2017

Technology in parks is not new, but there is concern over the extent of its appropriateness for public places. This article looks at some of the advantages, such as the use of sensors to track usage patterns and the use of social media for promotion and marketing.

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5/17/2017

A study by the US Forest Service found at least 85 tree species in urban forests near Lake Michigan are at risk because of climate change. The Milwaukee County Parks Department in Wisconsin has been taking inventory of trees since 2015 and will adjust planting and planning based on the results.