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Blog // Connect South Carolina

Spartanburg: QR Codes, iPads, & Mobile Offices, oh my!

By Jennifer Cobb

If you have a smartphone or tablet, you know what QR codes are. They are the black and white squares that kind of look like a puzzle piece and can be scanned and linked to a website or virtual store, among other uses.  In Spartanburg, the public safety committee is adding these QR codes to its patrol vehicles in order to take advantage of mobile technology. These QR codes will send smartphone users to the city's police, fire, and animal services websites and social media pages. The QR codes will also be printed on communications materials, including public safety business cards, distributed to individuals and families in the city. Once...

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Location, Location, Location: Enhancing Public Safety with GIS

By Jennifer Cobb

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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National Broadband Map 2-Year Anniversary

By Jennifer Cobb

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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Mobile Data Access & Adoption among South Carolina’s Firefighters

By Jennifer Cobb

A mobile data device is a common feature in public safety vehicles across the country, especially in metropolitan areas, allowing communication from a police car, ambulance, or fire truck to a central dispatch office. This device also provides pertinent mapping and safety information. In South Carolina’s public safety sector, and specifically with firefighters, the adoption of mobile data, laptops, and computers is becoming widespread as the benefits mean quicker reporting and submission. In cities like Columbia, most fire trucks are equipped with mobile data devices because of the availability of broadband. “In the past, fire departments...

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