David Presgraves
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David Presgraves

David Presgraves is a Staff Writer for The Last Mile, and Staff Writer for several other online publications dedicated to defense, military, and federal government agency technologies.

Emergency ResponseMilitary

No matter if it’s a warfighter deployed on a special operation in an off-grid environment, or an emergency responder in a dense urban area with weak cellular connectivity, having reliable means of communication and situational awareness is critical for a mission to be executed successfully. But in these environments where

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wildland fire
Wildland Fire

In the past three years, the U.S. government has set aside nearly $3.3 billion for the bolstering and modernization of our nation’s wildland firefighting capabilities. These funds have arrived at a critical point in time as government agencies face the compounding effects of climate change that are contributing to longer

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first responders
Emergency ResponseWildland Fire

In our last article on The Last Mile, we sat down with Greg Albrecht – medic and goTenna Public Safety Technical Consultant – to discuss the conditions and impacts lack of communications and connectivity have on first responders in natural disaster environments. This week, Greg returns to discuss the critical

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Emergency Response

In natural disasters and other emergency response situations where the existing communications infrastructure may be compromised, degraded, or destroyed, it is critical that first responders dispatched to the scene have a means of communicating and sharing locations with one another. If not, the success of the mission and the lives

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Military

Each branch of the U.S. military has a technological research and development (R&D) arm dedicated to advancing and strengthening the organization through the adoption of innovative and new technologies. Though the military conducts its own testing and deployment of novel technologies in-house, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) also recognizes

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SafeGraph data
Emergency ResponseLaw EnforcementMilitaryWildland Fire

In today’s increasingly network-enabled, digitally-transformed government, one of the greatest resources that the government has at its disposal is data. As David Egts, the Chief Technologist for North America Public Sector at Red Hat recently explained in an interview, “It’s clear that data has the power to revolutionize the government.

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Emergency ResponseWildland Fire

Whether it’s from tight budgets or a lack of personnel, federal agencies have long struggled to accomplish incredibly important, massive missions because of a lack of resources. These inadequate resources have had dire consequences for Americans in the past – impacting agencies’ abilities to inspect food processing plants, and even

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WebTAK
Emergency ResponseMilitary

From small event security to sophisticated military operations, the need for reliable situational awareness and communications between operation team members encompasses a wide range of scenarios, no matter the size and scope of the mission. When teams in the field have the ability to establish effective lines of communication and

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Law Enforcement

In the United States, securing our borders has always been at the forefront of the national discussion around homeland security. But with government and media attention almost exclusively focused on issues of the southern border, not much is ever discussed regarding the major security threats and challenges that the northern

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Emergency ResponseLaw EnforcementMilitary

Digital transformation and modernization initiatives are pervasive across all levels and sectors of our government – from federal civilian agencies, to military organizations, to state and local law enforcement and public safety organizations. Every agency and organization is exploring how new technologies can be implemented within the enterprise to increase

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