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The nation’s emergency phone systems are proving resilient during the coronavirus pandemic, even in regions where call volume is surging, according to survey results of 911 call-center operators. But experts also warned that delays to maintenance and upgrades could potentially introduce security vulnerabilities.

Knoxville, Tenn., recently launched a chatbot to address U.S. Census questions, then came the novel coronavirus. The shift that followed helped the city meet constituents where they were — stuck at home.

Dragos founder and CEO speaks with Dan Patterson about current methods of securing the US electric infrastructure and ways IoT can be regulated.


The news that the US government is likely to send upwards of $1,000 to most Americans has created a golden opportunity for scammers, especially since the delivery method for the cash is still uncertain.

It’s a remarkable story that is playing out in the technology-led enablement at the back end of healthcare organizations, even as the headlines are dominated by the heroic response efforts at the front lines of care.

CenturyLink installed and donated high-speed connectivity to the hospital ship U.S. Naval Ship Mercy when it arrived at the port of Los Angeles from San Diego Friday, March 27. When the ship entered the port, CenturyLink was at the dock working with military personnel, the port authority and commercial providers to meet the project’s demanding 48-hour timeline.

Zoom’s founder says the company behind the popular videoconferencing app will spend the next 90 days focused on fixing security issues.

Today, the FCC announced a few additional measures to help the US during the coronavirus pandemic. Chairman Ajit Pai shared plans for a $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which would equip healthcare providers with the broadband connectivity and devices they need to provide telehealth services. The FCC also eased off its ongoing crackdown on cell phone subsidy abuse, saying that it won't de-enroll participants until at least May 29th.

The coronavirus crisis has made it clear that technology is essential to continuity of government. CIOs may see more of their wish lists fulfilled, but investing in IT will be tough with budgets heading south.

As cases of COVID-19 increase in Iowa (particularly in Linn County, hospitals are turning to telemedicine as a way to screen patients and care for more individuals while conserving personal protective equipment.


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