Technology & Communications News

  • NYU Researchers Work with NYC Fire Department

    Researchers at New York University’s Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) have reached an agreement with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to develop a computerized command board for major fire operations.

    News • February 2nd, 2004

  • Mapping Software Jolts City Governments

    GIS has become a powerful homeland security tool.

    News • February 1st, 2004

  • California Firefighters Say New Heart Message Device Saved Woman

    Fremont firefighters are crediting a new external heart-massage device with helping to save the life of a clinically dead woman.

    News • January 19th, 2004

  • Sept. 11 Probers Look at Emergency Radios

    Concerns about the effectiveness of emergency radios on Sept. 11 have focused on technological flaws, but probers on Tuesday identified another problem: too many people trying to talk at once.

    News • December 2nd, 2003

  • New York City Report: 911 System 'Failed' in '03 Blackout

    A comprehensive report on this summer's massive blackout was released today by the city. Overall, it found that most everything ran according to plan, except for one crucial area -- the city's 911 system.

    News • November 21st, 2003

  • Motorola To Build Radio System For Two Virginia Counties

    Motorola Inc. will build a new system that will allow radio communications among public safety agencies in two Virginia counties for the first time, officials of the Schaumburg, Ill., company said today

    News • November 19th, 2003

  • House OKs 911 Cellular Bill

    The House yesterday OK'd a bill that, if passed, might have saved the lives of four teens who drowned off City Island.

    News • November 5th, 2003

  • Supercomputers Can't Predict Wildfires

    Frustrated scientists carry an extra burden as they watch wildfires torch southern California: Days ago, their instruments told them this destruction would happen.

    News • October 29th, 2003

  • 9-1-1 Dispatchers In Tampa, Florida Can Now Track Calls From Mobile Phones

    Emergency 9-1-1 dispatchers in Tampa are implementing new technology they hope will save lives

    News • October 7th, 2003

  • New Device May Prevent Electrical Fires

    An inexpensive device that detects wiring problems could prevent many of the 40,000 electrical fires that damage U.S. homes and kill 350 people each year, safety officials said Tuesday, urging homeowners to install Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters.

    News • September 23rd, 2003

  • California City Needs $100M Radio System

    Officials say the radio system that connects San Diego's police, firefighters, lifeguards, port police and city utilities to the dispatch center is outdated and needs to be replaced

    News • September 17th, 2003

  • Technology May Allow More Power Capacity In Ohio

    With all the headaches involved in commandeering new rights of way for power lines, experts point to several new technologies that can wring more capacity out of the existing electricity infrastructure

    News • August 24th, 2003

  • New Texas Dispatch Center is State of the Art

    A new Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department dispatch center set to premier Aug. 17 will make emergency communications in the area nearly immune to catastrophes, department officials said.

    News • August 19th, 2003

  • Blackout Spotlighted New York City's Emergency Service Glitches

    How did the city's 911 system operate during the blackout? Emergency operators fielded 80,000 calls once the lights went out, but responding to those calls took up to an hour.

    News • August 19th, 2003

  • Infa-Red Helicopter Camera to Aid English Firefighters

    The camera, a standard fixture in police helicopters, will be able to locate fire and nearby people as they show up in white on a screen against a grey background. The helicopter and camera are being used in Mansfield where police and firefighters are...

    News • August 13th, 2003