Posts by Mark J. Fletcher, ENP

Big Win for Kari's Law in Illinois

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • August 15, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes to read
  • Fletch: Kari's Law becomes law in the State of Illinois, and once again APN legal correspondent Martha Buyer joins me to discuss it. Welcome, Martha.…

E911 Talk Episode 208: Why Location Remains a Pesky Problem for Next-Gen 911

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • August 7, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes to read
  • One of the biggest problems today with 911 is determining the originating endpoint’s location. Obviously, if the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) doesn't understand where…

Avaya Tech Talk: The 'Internet of Things' Needs a Network

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • August 6, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 5 minutes to read
  • In order for the Internet of things to actually do anything, it’s going to need a ‘Network of Things’ to operate upon. If you are…

Why 9-1-1 may NEVER work

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • July 31, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 5 minutes to read
  • After a brief hiatus spanning the past few weeks, I have had some time to reflect on the existing problems with emergency calling, and refocus…

The 3 Big Questions for 911 Startups

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • July 3, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 7 minutes to read
  • The safety of our nation’s schoolchildren is something that is at the top of everybody’s list. Unfortunately, there are those who try to capitalize on…

Exclusive Interview with Illinois Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant on Kari's Law, Strengthening 911

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • June 24, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 8 minutes to read
  • Kari’s Law remains a big headline around the nation. This past week, CBS 3 in Philadelphia aired a great piece where I had an opportunity…

Don't Cut That 911 Cord! (Yet)

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • June 8, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 5 minutes to read
  • Before you cut the cord, you better understand what's attached. Technologists and legislators in Washington D.C. are currently debating a number of hot-button topics, as…

Building a Killer 'Over the Top' Communications App Without Killing Someone

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • June 2, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes to read
  • With the recent announcements about text-to-911 becoming a reality in the US--despite its limited geographic deployment--we can firmly state that Next Generation 911 has evolved…

9-1-1 Apps: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • May 28, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 14 minutes to read
  • Fletch: We’re sitting down with Todd Piett, who is the Chief Product Officer at Rave Mobile Safety, and he also sits on the Board of…

If You Dial 911, You Should Be Able to REACH SOMEONE

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • May 9, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes to read
  •   “The greatest weapon on our arsenal is awareness. Once people learn of this problem, they want to help. So when you go back to…

A Troubling Trend in 911: Lots of Mobile Calls, Not Enough Mobile Data

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • April 27, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes to read
  • There's a dangerous communications trend that's emerging that could have a serious impact on your personal health. Over the past decade, the penetration of devices…

What was Behind the Massive E911 Outages in the Pacific Northwest?

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • April 22, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 5 minutes to read
  • As we move towards IP-enabled emergency services networks in the United States, we supposedly leave behind an archaic, TDM-based, hardwired point-to-point infrastructure with a new,…

Q&A: Prasad Pammidimukkala on Integrated Network Management and Zero-Touch Provisioning

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • April 4, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 9 minutes to read
  • Zero-touch provisioning is finally happening, after years of discussion. With the power of Fabric Connect and Identity Engines, we’re able to help tackle the Bring…

Q&A: Randy Cross, Avaya's Director of PLM for Fabric and Infrastructure, on How Fabric Connect Makes Networking "Super Simple"

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • April 3, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 7 minutes to read
  • Reducing network complexity remains a major theme this year for Avaya's networking product team. The bloated, legacy model of network design simply doesn't work for…

ATF Q&A: Brett Shockley on Innovating for Relevance

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • April 2, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 9 minutes to read
  • If there’s one thing that’s true about being a technology company in the 21st century, it’s that if you’re not innovating, you’re stagnating. With this…

Q&A: Avaya's Alan Hase On Keeping the Network Simple

  • Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
  • April 1, 2014 | Estimated reading time: 10 minutes to read
  • Networking used to a fairly straightforward affair: Computers talked to servers and not a whole lot else. Mobile devices introduced a new level of bandwidth-intensive…