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Members of NPSTC Support the Don't Break Up the T-Band Act (H.R. 5085)
February 27, 2018
Members of the National Public Safety Communications Council (NPSTC) support the Don't Break Up the T-Band Act (H.R. 5085). NPSTC's members thank Representatives Eliot Engel and Lee Zeldin for introducing this legislation ...[read more]
Video: "Have Your Voice Heard: Why You Should Participate in the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey"
2018 DHS S&T Video Quality in Public Safety Workshop, Scheduled for May 9-10, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM
March 12, 2018
DHS OIC is pleased to announce its annual Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) Workshop, scheduled for May 9–10, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico...[read more]
Full In-Person NPSTC Meeting at IWCE Was Held March 9, 2018
March 10, 2018
NPSTC held a full in-person meeting at IWCE on March 9, 2018, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET, in Orlando, FL. For more information about IWCE, go to www.iwceexpo.com. Additional March meeting details available here and also summarized below. Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.
NPSTC Booth (#2878) was available on March 7 and 8, 2016, beginning at 10:00 am ET and ending at 5:30 pm on Wednesday and 5:00 pm on Thursday.
9-1-1 Emergency Communications Celebrated Golden 50 Year Anniversary in the United States on February 16, 2018
February 16, 2018
The beginnings of one emergency number in the United States can be traced back to the driving force of the coordinated efforts of members of public safety moved to service. Professional firefighter and law enforcement associations went to Congress on behalf of the citizens they serve requesting one nationwide emergency number, spanning the course of decades; the most prominent public records indicate International Association of Fire Chiefs in 1957 and in a white paper published in February 1967 produced by President Lyndon Johnson's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice. Then, on November 8, 1967, House Congressional Resolution 361 was adopted: "The United States should have one uniform nationwide fire reporting telephone number ... and police reporting telephone number" ...[read more of the IPSA Info Brief]
Second MCPTT Plugtests Event Set for Texas in June
February 15, 2018
[Courtesy MissionCritical Communications, Radio Resource International] The second MCPTT Plugtests event will be hosted by Texas A&M University (TAMU) June 25 – 29 in College Station, Texas, USA. The goal of the MCPTT Plugtests event is to validate the interoperability of different mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) implementations on the market using different scenarios and test cases ...[read more]
DOJ Seeking Funding Applications for Communications Technologies Research and Evaluation for Law Enforcement and Corrections
February 17, 2018
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding of communications technologies research and evaluation projects: (1) to develop practical knowledge to inform the deployment of mobile broadband communications technologies by law enforcement agencies in the United States; or (2) to identify feasible technology solutions to combatting the use of contraband wirelessdevices in correctional facilities. This program furthers the Department's mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet thechallenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
RCA Announces Date and New Location for 2018 Awards Banquet and Technical Symposium
DHS S&T: Norman Speicher Outlines Highlights of New Integration Handbook, Seeks Input from Public Safety, Industry
February 22, 2018
[Courtesy Urgent Communications] Norman Speicher, a program manager with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, talks about the newly released Integration Handbook from the directorate's Next Generation First Responder Program (NGFR) ...[read more]
Seeking Innovative, Passionate Individuals with Public Safety Expertise
January 19, 2018
Please consider applying to become a member of SAFECOM, a Presidential E-Government Initiative to improve interoperability, allowing emergency responders to communicate more effectively before, during, and after emergencies and disasters...[read more]
NIST Publishes Guide to LTE Security
Report Details Progress in NG-911 Implementation
January 19, 2018
A new report details progress that states are making in deploying next-generation 911 (NG-911) services ...[read more]
Important "Town Hall" Discussion on the Changing Use of Social Media by Public Safety Agencies during Disasters
January 19, 2018
On Wednesday, January 24, at noon ET, NPSTC held a virtual "Town Hall," in conjunction with the Broadband Emerging Technologies Working Group Meeting. Public Safety agency representatives, who responded to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the California fire disasters, and the Pulse Nightclub shooting, discussed their use of social media, including problems managing requests for emergency assistance made via Facebook and Twitter. Time will also allocated for an audience Q&A session. The 90-minute Town Hall was presented via webinar with audio and screen share.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Audio: Phone Number: 510-227-1018 | Bridge Number: 869 9040#
Screen Share: https://join.me/npstcsupport1
NPSTC Social Media Town Hall Slide Deck (PDF, 1.4M)
Save the Date! PSCE Conference in Brussels, May 23-24, 2018
January 11, 2018
PSCE is happy to announce that the 18th edition of the PSCE conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 23–24 May 2018...[read more]
NPSTC Releases Public Safety Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Interoperability with LTE Mission Critical Push to Talk Report
January 10, 2018
This report, Public Safety Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Interoperability with LTE Mission Critical Push to Talk, is designed to articulate the issues and requirements regarding integration and interoperability between LMR systems and LTE MCPTT services...[read more]
NPSTC’s EMS Working Group Publishes Sensor Based Medical Alarms: What Your EMS Agency Should Know!
December 09, 2017
There are a variety of medical and telemetry sensors being used outside of hospitals to monitor a patient's health status...[read more]
OEC/NCSWIC Publish White Paper on T-Band Giveback and Implications for Public Safety
PERF Presents its latest report in the Critical Issues in Policing series: The Revolution in Emergency Communications
Former Gates Police Chief Thomas Roche Passes Away
October 10, 2017
It is with a heavy heart that the NPSTC Governing Board announces the passing of one of its representatives from the International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Chief Thomas Roche. Read more about his long-serving service to the public safety community and his country ...[read more]
Hams Provide Welcome Communications to Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico
October 09, 2017
Members of the Amateur Radio community have volunteered to assist in the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico and Dominica and, to a lesser extent, the U.S. Virgin Islands...[read more]
Rapid Response of Las Vegas First Responders Saved Lives
October 03, 2017
NPSTC thanks the law enforcement, public safety telecommunicators, EMS, fire departments, trauma surgeons and nurses, and strangers helping strangers in an active shooter situation...[read more]
NPSTC Comments on NOI on Flexible Use in 3.7 to 24 GHz Bands (GN Docket No. 17-183)
October 02, 2017
NPSTC provided comments in response to the FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on "additional flexible use" in the 3.7 GHz to 24 GHz bands. Additional flexible use means the FCC would like to open this spectrum for licensed commercial and unlicensed broadband use.
Sixteen Years Later - Remember the Past, Honor the Future
September 11, 2017
On this day we mourn the horrific events of 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives in this tragedy and those who lost their lives trying to save others. From the Pentagon to Shanksville, PA, to Ground Zero in New York City and at the Pentagon, and across the nation, we will raise the flag and share a moment of silence at 8:46 am EDT, the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) Materials Made Available
August 24, 2017
A Nationwide Data Collection of Emergency Communication Policies, Programs, and Funding ...[read more]
S&T Snapshot: National Mutual Aid Technology Exercise Brings Together a Diverse Group
August 22, 2017
S&T cannot eliminate disasters, but it can arm decision makers with tools and plans that will ultimately shield communities from negative consequences ...[read more]
NPSTC Reacts to AT&T Comments Regarding Lack of a Public Safety Grade Definition
August 18, 2017
NPSTC is disappointed that FirstNet's commercial partner, AT&T, has on numerouse occasions stated that is is not aware of a single agreed upon definition for public safety grade.
National 911 Program Partners with NASNA on New Resource on NG9-1-1 and FirstNet
August 18, 2017
The National 911 Program and the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) have created a 16-page brochure NG911 & FirstNet Guide for State and Local Authorities to help local authorities understand the difference between NG 9-1-1 and FirstNet as decisions are made about the future of emergency communications ...[read more]
Tune in to S&T's Tech Talk on Free First Responder Training
August 09, 2017
First responders are our first line of defense for homeland security and they face a variety of environments that demand specialized skills and greater exposure to different scenarios ...[read more]
Kari's Law Act of 2017 Passed the House and Now the Senate
August 03, 2017
Kari's Law Act of 2017 passed the House on January 23 (H.R. 582) and has now passed the Senate on August 3 (S.123)...[read more]
APCO and NENA Officials Meet
July 29, 2017
The Executive Committee and Executive Director/CEO of APCO International met with the Chair Officers and CEO of NENA in Alexandria, Virginia ...[read more]
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