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November 26, 2015
2014 National Emergency Communications Plan

The 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) provides information and guidance to those that plan for, coordinate, invest in, and use operable and interoperable communications for response and recovery operations. The Office of Emergency Communications worked closely with more than 350 federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions, private sector representatives, and other stakeholders to update the NECP with […]

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November 25, 2015
First Responders Get Instant Link to School Communications

Governor Cuomo announced the launch of a new school safety pilot program, Mutualink K-12, which will roll out in 20 public schools in Oneida and Rockland counties later this month. Mutualink K-12 is a new technology designed to improve communications and the sharing of information between participating schools and local first responders during an emergency. […]

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November 11, 2015
Mobile Command Post Technologies - improve field communications

Most law enforcement and emergency responders will agree the single most important factor after a catastrophic event is maintaining order, providing aid and restoring stable, effective communications in the field, which becomes a monumental task when traditional power is unavailable. In early 2013, the Harris County Sheriff Office Mobile Command Unit met to analyze the deficiencies of existing equipment and formulated a plan for comprehensive technological updates.

Recognizing budgetary limitations, grant funding was sought for these necessary upgrades. The Federal Department of Justice agreed to allow the Sheriff’s Office to use a portion of existing Justice Assistance Grant funding to support the technological updates recommended by the Mobile Command team. Over the next ten months, the Mobile Communications Unit received a massive technology “face-lift” that included some very notable enhancements that brought this Unit into the forefront of public safety mobile communications.

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November 3, 2015
Mutualink, Intel team to provide wearable public-safety gateway with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity

Mutualink recently unveiled its Wearable Smart Gateway that is designed to let public-safety users securely connect multiple wearable or carried monitors and devices into a lightweight hub powered by Intel’s Edison chip that was developed specifically for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

With the Wearable Smart Gateway, myriad devices—from biometric sensors to body-worn cameras—can be connected via wire, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with a paired public-safety user at the lightweight device, according to Mike Wengrovitz, Mutualink’s vice president of innovation. Information stored at the gateway can be shared directly in close proximity via the secure Bluetooth or Wi-Fi links to enable on-scene collaboration, he said.

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October 28, 2015
Mutualink Partners with School Safety Expert in Shared Mission to Speed Response Time during School Emergencies

Wallingford, CT – Mutualink today announced an alliance with one of the Nation's top school safety and security experts, William "Bill" Smith, to improve schools' preparedness and response in emergency situations through advanced communications technology. As the founding member of American School Safety.com, LLC and principal of Jennings Smith Associates , Mr. Smith brings over […]

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October 28, 2015
Mutualink Earns Homeland Security SAFETY Act Certification

Wallingford, CT – Mutualink today announced that the company’s secure communications platform for real-time collaboration has received Designation and Certification from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the SAFETY Act (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology). Mutualink is the only multimedia interoperable communications product certified under the SAFETY Act and included on the “Approved Products List for Homeland Security.” Mutualink’s DHS Designation and Certification are effective through October 31, 2020.

The SAFETY Act, which was authorized as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, provides legal liability protections to providers of anti-terrorism technologies that could save lives in the event of a terrorist attack. Mutuaink’s Certification is the highest level of certification available under the SAFETY Act and requires an extensive and rigorous product review process involving product quality assurance, operational effectiveness and product capability and reliability verification, among other criteria. Having achieved this, customers using Mutualink’s certified technology now have protection under the SAFETY Act from lawsuits or claims arising from acts of terrorism.

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October 26, 2015
Mutualink Delivers Video Sharing Push-to-Talk Solution

Chicago, IL – At IACP 2015 today, Mutualink introduced Edge @Team – one of the first-ever Push-to-Talk (PTT) offerings to enable users to securely send and receive streaming video, voice and text in real time. The added “Push to See” functionality is extremely useful for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and any organization using PTT as part of their daily communications needs. Unlike alternative solutions, @Team exists on a nationwide, secure broadband network, enabling unprecedented inter-agency communication. Demonstrations of @Team’s capabilities can be seen at Booth 2244 at IACP.

As Mutualink’s latest mobile solution for first responders, @Team seamlessly integrates into the Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform (IRAPP) – the nation’s largest nationwide network of state and local responder agencies, emergency operations centers, and other critical entities. Within this environment, @Team will provide LTE (either commercial 4G or FirstNet) to LMR functionality and deliver and receive real-time video situational awareness to talkgroups and interoperable communication sessions. Mutualink’s solution is priced competitively with currently-available PTT products, while offering significant value-added features.­

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October 20, 2015
Mutualink Unveils World's First Wearable Gateway for First Responders Using Intel® Technology

WALLINGFORD, Conn., – Mutualink has developed the world’s first wearable communications gateway that enables first responders to share multimedia information with command posts and other agencies in real time over secure wide area networks. In emergency situations where saving time = saving lives, the Wearable Smart Gateway™ (WSG™), powered by the tiny and ultra-low power Intel® Edison™ chip, significantly reduces response times and helps first responders overcome the classic challenges of situational “blindness.”

The WSG bridges critical devices used by first responders – including body cameras, heart rate monitors, locator beacons, and other handheld sensors – and instantly and securely transmits this data to relevant parties. This capability vastly improves situational awareness and provides unprecedented interoperability to first responders.

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October 5, 2015
New Technology Gives Police Inside Look at Active Shooter Situations

By: Willard Shepard from NBC Miami http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/New-Technology-Gives-Police-Inside-Look-at-Active-Shooter-Situations-330758022.html A move by one South Florida city could save lives if police have to contend with an active shooter. Cutting edge technology is now letting police and emergency responders actually see the danger before they get there. After the horrific tragedy in Oregon, emergency teams across the board […]

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