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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Monday, February 18, 2013 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Witness the Future of Public Safety and Emergency Response at Wireless Broadband Demonstration

Des Moines, IOWA --- A severe weather event and major crash will be simulated at the Iowa Department of Public Safety tomorrow, February 19, 2013. During this simulation you can witness the high-tech future of emergency response for police, fire and EMS. In just a few short years your local police will be able to live-stream video from their cars as they respond to multi-car pile-ups or pursue eluding motorists. Paramedics will be able to instantly send photos of victim injuries and patient vitals wirelessly to trauma centers so medical staff can prepare a treatment plan long before the patient is transported. Firefighters will be able to access high speed mapping systems to quickly locate and navigate to home fires. See first-hand the technology of tomorrow, today!

WHAT: Demonstration of new equipment and services that can be implemented with the pending build-out of state-wide broadband infrastructure dedicated to public safety services for Iowa.
   
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2012 Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications Board
  10:30 AM
   
WHERE: Oran Pape State Office Bldg., Department of Public Safety
  215 E. 7th St.
  Des Moines, IOWA 50319
   
WHO: IA Statewide Interoperable Communications Systems Board
  Iowa Department of Public Safety
  Emergency Responders from across Iowa
  Various companies specializing in emergency response equipment and services

The passage of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act in February, 2012, and creation of the new governing authority, FirstNet, paves the way for development of a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). The state of Iowa is working diligently to research and plan for this needed infrastructure. The demonstration tomorrow, is one more step toward maintaining public safety and delivering services to citizens using 21st century technology.

For questions, call Jessica Lown at 515-725-6189 or 515-208-7679.

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