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Alan Tilles Comments on New NFPA Standard for Firefighter Devices

March 22, 2021

Chair of Shulman Rogers’ Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group, Alan Tilles was pleased to share his insights about the new NFPA standard for firefighter devices in an interview with International Wireless Communications Expo’s Urgent Communications.

While he recognized the forensic firefighting purposes of the data-logging capability, Tilles urged officials to consider creating policies to avoid potential unintended implications that have arisen with other public-safety and IoT devices.

“Every issue that comes up with a body camera would come up here. How do you store it? How do you ensure the security of the storage? How long do you keep it? Every bit of information like that becomes both a shield and a sword. You’d love to use that information to get better at the job of firefighting, but you have to discuss, up front, all of the downsides … We’re not plowing new ground here, because we’ve seen the same issues with body cams.”

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