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Scott Neal

Scott brings three decades of emergency communications experience to MCP. Scott retired in 2015 after completing a 28-year career with the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). At the time of his retirement, he held the rank of Major and was the Director of the Bureau of Communications and Information Services, responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Pennsylvania Statewide Radio Network (PA-STARNET).
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When it Comes to the Public Safety Communications Ecosystem Siloed Thinking Must End

Posted by Scott Neal on Feb 7, 2019 2:30:00 PM

The first 911 call was made 51 years ago in Alabama. That call marked a significant technological advancement that enabled citizens to activate an emergency response much quicker and more efficiently than ever before. Since then, public safety officials have continued to leverage communications technology advancements to make emergency response even more efficient and effective. These include the advent of Enhanced 911 (E911) service, digital land mobile radio (LMR) networks, and the introduction of computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems and mapping applications. The counterbalance is that these advancements occurred in distinct silos that developed within the emergency communications ecosystem.

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Topics: Integrated Public Safety Communications, Public Safety Communications Ecosystem

Public safety needs visibility into the NPSBN’s design

Posted by Scott Neal on Sep 27, 2017 2:30:00 PM

For a while now, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has been describing the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) that it is implementing in partnership with AT&T as a “mission-critical” communications network for public safety. And it is entirely possible that the network will live up to its promise. But that is not the type of thing that the public safety sector will accept on face value—it is going to need proof. That’s just the way it is in public safety, a sector where lives are on the line and seconds count, every day.   

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Topics: FirstNet, Land Mobile Radio

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