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About Robert Clark


Vice President, NEXTGEN Solutions, Atos Public Safety

Rob Clark is a Global Public Safety and Security Migration Subject Matter Expert (SME) specializing in NG911/112 PSAP and ESInet solutions, incorporating Smart City ecosystem needs to provide a single “NGSmart” blueprint for infrastructure modernization strategies.

As the Head of the NG9-1-1 GTM for North America, Rob leads the Atos Public Safety team and organizational pillars via strategic direction, solution alignment, partnerships, delivery models and total lifecycle sustainability models for Public Safety clients. Serving as the lead subject matter expert for all Atos Public Safety offerings, Rob represents the organization in North America and abroad to align core competencies with market demands, customer requirements and forward-focused innovation.




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Articles posted by Robert Clark

NG9-1-1 and reliability: But is it really?

Reliability is defined as consistent performance over time. Reliability means achieving as close to 100% uptime as possible, regardless of whether hardware, software, network, human error, or natural disasters impact your systems. It is a requirement for doing business in today’s “on demand” world. Nowhere is the need for reliability more acute than with the emergency…

The cyber paradigm and public safety – are we truly prepared?

In this age of open data, converged networks, WiFi domains and the Internet of Things (IoT), formulating a strategy to integrate relevant domains for public safety can be a daunting task. With all the buzz words and techno-speak that assaults us daily, one needs a PhD in Geek to even interpret what it…

Another Disaster, Another Major Outage - Have We Had Enough?

Natural disasters will occur and, unfortunately, legacy infrastructure will continue to be impacted. However, there is no reason for a total loss of service in this day and age when there are multiple paths to construct a robust network. Being single-threaded is simply not acceptable. Catastrophic network failures can and will occur. We cannot let…

The outlook for NG9-1-1: politics aside

Over the past 5 years, the public safety industry has been in a state of flux, transitioning to a new era where, as my good friend TJ Kennedy has said many a time, we have seen “the art of the possible.” We have seen visionaries (individuals and companies) emerge, challenging the status quo and answering the call to…

ESInets and security – A hypothetical scenario using NG9-1-1 to combat terror

As I mentioned in my last blog, we are moving to the era of smart and connected cities, but to reach this plateau we must first have a safe city.  That’s what NG9-1-1 will do: an ESInet can become a city’s backbone for connecting all citizen services, agencies and…

Smart Public Safety Networks – Emergency Services IP Networks (ESInets) for Converged Communications

While NG9-1-1 is the initiative, the real intelligence and power comes from the network (ESInet), an Internet Protocol (IP) network to be specific, which processes everything as data. Think along the lines of your cell phone plan, everything is a data package, as nowadays even voice is sent over a…

NG9-1-1 and Homeland Security – Intelligent Policing Using Emergency Services IP Networks (ESInet)

While a city can never be fully prepared to battle a terrorist event, it can significantly change the outcome and mitigate the potential for damage and loss of life.  Recent events have brought forth the continuing subject of terror to the homeland, yet to date I have…

Being “Smart” about NG9-1-1 Accessibility

When looking at the new world of NG9-1-1, what will accessibility mean for first responders, at-risk citizens and accident victims? As we know, public safety technology has yet to meet the demands of the communities it is meant to serve. While initiating a voice call is currently the fastest means to request help, there are situations and populations where…

Next-Generation 9-1-1 safeguards against swatting: part 2

In my previous article, I exposed the extreme obsolescence of our 9-1-1 system. Here I will talk about this terrible plague that we call “swatting,” the tragic events of December 2017 and how this can be avoided in the future. What is swatting? According to the National 9-1-1 Program, Swatting is “false reporting an emergency…

Next-Generation 9-1-1 safeguards against swatting

In this two-part article we’ll be exploring the limitations of the current 9-1-1 network and how this is impacting life and death situations across the country. Let’s take a look at legacy systems, why they don’t work and its impact on emergency response. The obsolescence of legacy E9-1-1 infrastructure Existing analog 9-1-1 networks use switching technology that was…