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Building an Economic Development Tool for Smart Communities

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and US Ignite are now in the software design phase of building a new economic development tool for smart communities. This is part of our joint Smart City Data Exchange initiative, and our aim is to provide communities with the ability to see development potential in their neighborhoods on a property-by-property basis for the purpose of attracting commercial investment and fostering economic growth. The new data visualization tool is being developed on a Geographic Information System (GIS) based demographic map, and will use numerous datasets obtained both from open data portals and through our partnerships with ...
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The Internet of Things

Do You Know What’s in Your Network? A Process-Driven Assessment of the Cybersecurity Risks that IoT Products and Services Present

The strong market for Internet of Things (IoT)-based products and services has resulted in a growing number of devices connected to the Internet. IoT applications are now being used not only in the home to monitor and control everyday appliances, but also for a variety of applications in the fields of industrial automation, healthcare, transportation and a host of other verticals. As these innovations increasingly touch our daily lives, the need for security is critical. Many of these products, services and devices are associated with third-party components and platforms. This creates the need for adequate security controls to ensure the ...
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Wireless Emergency Alerts

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system is a public safety system that efficiently delivers critical warnings and information to the public via their wireless devices. Operational since 2012, the WEA provides geographically targeted, text-like alerts utilizing the Cell Broadcast System, across three categories:  Alerts issued by the President; Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life (fires, floods, hurricanes, etc.); as well as Alerts from the AMBER, Silver, Blue, and Endangered Missing Persons Alert Programs.1 Since its inception, and based on stakeholder experience and technological advancements, there have been continual enhancements to the WEA system to meet public safety needs.  The ...
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5G is on the Horizon. What Will It Take to Accelerate the Development of the Network of Networks

With the first of the 5G networks beginning operations in 2019, business and consumer excitement for 5G is growing. While these initial deployments will be small in scale and relegated to urban areas, it is a critical first step toward 5G services becoming a global reality. At the core of the acceleration of 5G deployment is the development of standards that will serve as the backbone to the network of networks. These will enable companies to utilize multiple technologies to solve their complex communications needs and importantly, exploit and capitalize on the new opportunities that 5G will bring. At Intelsat, ...
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UAVs for Restoring Communications in Emergency Situations

If you have ever experienced a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire, etc.), you are well aware of the importance of communications during this time. A functioning communication network is essential to coordinating emergency and recovery operations, rebuilding infrastructure as well as allowing the public to contact rescue services, family and friends. Following a disaster, disruption to the communications network is all too often a problem, usually due to damage to cables and cell towers as well as the loss (or shut down) of electrical power. Yet, the ability to provide an “on-demand” communications infrastructure is critical to the needs ...
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