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WATCH: Broadband & Public Safety - How Anchorage Fire Department Uses Tech to Save Lives

By CAK Staff

Technology is Critical for the Anchorage Fire Dept. from Connected Nation on Vimeo. When it comes to using broadband for public safety in Alaska, Jerry Bailey knows the ins and outs of the industry. As the Fire Information Systems Manager for the Anchorage Fire Department, Bailey says his job is to utilize the Internet so Firefighters and Paramedics can do their jobs more efficiently.  

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Location, Location, Location: Enhancing Alaska Public Safety with GIS

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February is Public Safety Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to highlight the use of GIS in various public safety agencies. Location is everything during an emergency; GIS provides the functionality to collect and manage large databases while in a fast-paced decision-making environment. GIS analysis and maps are used for everything from developing the public safety network to tracking criminal activity or emergency response routes. With the increases in technological capabilities, more and more agencies are being...

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Alaska Marks National Broadband Map 2-Year Anniversary

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February 17, 2013, marked the two-year anniversary of the National Broadband Map (NBM), a tool to search, analyze, and map broadband availability across the United States. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created and maintains the NBM, populating it with broadband datasets collected and submitted by states and territories for the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also been contributing to the development and update of the NBM. The continued update and use of the NBM for economic development, federal policy, broadband expansion, as well as local...

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Technology is Critical for Anchorage Fire Dept.

By CAK Staff

Contributor: Katie Paglini When it comes to using broadband for public safety in Alaska, Jerry Bailey knows the ins and outs of the industry. As the Fire Information Systems Manager for the Anchorage Fire Department, Bailey says his job is to utilize the Internet so Firefighters and Paramedics can do their jobs more efficiently. “One of the things that we try to do is continue to improve our service to the community, and technology helps us to respond more quickly and with more information to any type of emergency.” Bailey wasn’t always in the IT department. He got his start in the industry two decades ago, at a time when technology was much...

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