The Mission-Critical Resource Center

Infographic: The New Emergency Communications Ecosystem

The public safety sector has reached an inflection point. Technology has evolved dramatically, and the needs and the expectations of the public have evolved as well. What does the evolution of the emergency communications ecosystem look like?

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Infographic: Tips for Evaluating Vendor Proposals

Evaluation of proposals and award of a project are not the last steps of the request for proposals process, but they are some of the most important. This infographic outlines tips to keep in mind as you prepare for evaluation and throughout the evaluation process.

Infographic - Evaluating Tips

 

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How to Navigate the Complexities of Mission-Critical Vendor Management

In Summary:

  • Today's average public safety agency has more than 30 vendor support agreements to manage.

  • Vendor support agreements have become more difficult to understand given their size and complexity.

  • Public safety organizations are looking for strategies to help navigate the complexities associated with today's increasingly complicated vendor environment.


It used to be much easier for public safety agencies to manage their vendors compared to a decade ago. At that time they were simple and easy to understand and they generally only involved the radio, computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and 911 call-handling system providers.

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10 Factors Every PSAP Needs to Consider When it Comes to Staffing the Next Generation Workforce

The Next Generation Workforce: 10 Factors Every PSAP Needs to Consider

There is a lot of change happening in 911 centers today, particularly as it relates to staffing and preparing for the modern public safety communications capabilities that come with text-to-911, Next Generation 911 (NG911) systems, and the availability of enhanced data. This quick read discusses the ten factors that every PSAP needs to consider when it comes to preparing for this transformation.

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National Capital Region CAD2CAD Assessment

In Summary:

  • A CAD2CAD initiative within the National Capital Region (NCR) had been successful in reducing response times, a lack of governance structure and no rules or regulations regarding growth kept the model from being sustainable long term.
  • MCP helped the participating agencies lay out a detailed plan for the program's future.
  • Today, the CAD2CAD program sees continued success following MCP's recommendations.

Overview and Agency Challenge

Participants in the National Capital Region CAD2CAD initiative include the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which consists of Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport and the Dulles Toll Road. They looked to expand the CAD2CAD initiative and establish a clear vision and governance structure, as well as determine how to make the model sustainable long-term.

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