PSCR Public Safety Broadband R&D Roadmap Workshop Resources Published
December 05, 2013
(courtesy Ryan Felts) – Thank you all again for your participation and input in last month's PSCR Public Safety Broadband R&D Roadmap Workshop. Your hard work provided valuable inputs for PSCR as we look to the future of the program and of the nationwide public safety broadband network.
We have created a page on the PSCR website dedicated to all of the presentations and outputs of the workshop. We have also generated a high-level workshop summary document, which you might find useful as you discuss the workshop with colleagues.
A more comprehensive workshop document will be posted in early 2014, so please check back soon.
Seybold Presents on LTE and LMR at APCO Technology Forum in Boston
December 03, 2013
(courtesy Andy Seybold, PS Advocate) – This past week I gave a talk at the APCO Technology Forum in Boston, the event was well attended, and the subject matter was great. The best presentation of the event was the Boston PD's presentation on Social Media and its use during the Boston Marathon Bombings. If you get a chance to see this presentation in the future it should be a "not to miss" session. My presentation was on LTE and LMR for Public Safety and includes sections on what to do to get ready for FirstNet. It can be found here:
The FirstNet Board will convene open public meetings of the Board Committees on December 16, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. There will be sequential meetings of FirstNet's four committees: (1) Governance and Personnel Committee; (2) Finance, Audit and Budget Committee; (3) Planning and Technology Committee; and (4) Outreach Committee. The meetings are open to the public and press, and will be webcast.
The FirstNet Board will convene an open public meeting on December 17, 2013, in Denver, Colorado 80207. This meeting is open to the public and press, and will be webcast. Link to federal register notice:
National 911 Program Releases Video on Benefits of NG911
November 25, 2013
Next Generation (NG) 911 is a complex issue and its success requires the support and collaboration of not just the 911 community, but of first responders, legislators, and the public. The National 911 Program has released a short video that explains the benefits of NG911 for all of these audiences. The video is free and available for use at conferences, in presentations, in one-on-one meetings or at town hall gatherings. The video can be viewed, shared and downloaded at http://www.911.gov/ng911movie.html... [read more]
FCC Chairman Wheeler Names Admiral David Simpson Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
November 20, 2013
(courtesy Justin Cole, FCC) – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his intention to name Rear Admiral David Simpson as Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), and David Turetsky will take on a new role as Coordinator of the FCC's informal task force on the FCC response to international disasters ... [read more]
PSCC Arizona Public Safety Broadband Update Presented by Michael Britt
November 19, 2013
Michael Britt, Project Manager, PSIC Office, presented "Arizona Public Safety Broadband Update" to a meeting of the Public Safety Communications Advisory Commission (PSCC) in Arizona. All meeting materials, presentations and handouts are available online at:
Preview IWCE 2014 with the Virtual Tradeshow December 5, 2013
November 06, 2013
The IWCE Virtual Show is a free-to-attend, in-depth day of learning, discussion, networking and exhibitions for communications technology professionals and key vendors to ask and answer today’s most pressing and business critical questions ... [read more]
NPSTC Develops EMS Broadband Application List for Submission to FirstNet's PSAC
November 05, 2013
The NPSTC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Working Group has developed a list of current and conceptual broadband applications at the request of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) member Paul Patrick.
The FirstNet Board asked the PSAC to develop a master list of applications for use by law enforcement, fire/rescue and EMS. The EMS Broadband Applications List is a list of applications that will be merged with a larger list of all public safety groups, currently under development by the PSAC. When complete, the public safety applications will be submitted by the PSAC to the FirstNet.
Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on Firstnet Board Appointment
November 04, 2013
(courtesy Joelle Tessler, NTIA) – WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today issued a statement on the appointment of Barry Boniface to the FirstNet Board. FirstNet is an independent entity within the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), with members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve three-year terms. To learn more about FirstNet, visit: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/firstnet ... [read more]
Public Safety Volunteers Needed: NPSTC's Broadband Working Group Creates Launch SoR Quantitative Requirements Task Team
October 03, 2013
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) is seeking volunteers to serve on a new Task Team of their Broadband Working Group (BBWG). This new Task Group will begin meeting by teleconference in October. If you are interesting in participating or have questions, please volunteer by Tuesday, October 15, 2013 ... [read more]
DHS OEC Publishes Guidelines for Encryption in Land Mobile Radio Systems
October 01, 2013
The incentive to develop this document originated as a compelling request from the State and local public safety community for guidelines that would provide clear and factual information regarding the use of encryption, what it can provide to protect mission critical communications from compromise, and how to best implement it to maintain interoperability among agencies at all levels of government.
APCO Presents: "T-Band: What's Next for Public Safety?"
August 27, 2013
Sixty-five in attendance at APCO last week, which was pretty good given a FirstNet townhall meeting was also scheduled at the same time. Presentors included Stu Overby, David Troup, Donald Wright, and Harlin McEwen.
NPSTC Introduces NEW Blog to Share News, Filings, and Links to Stories that Affect You
August 09, 2013
You can access NPSTC's blog by clicking on the orange icon on the right hand side of NPSTC's home page. Check out current news and our new but growing archive. We would love to post any important information on upcoming events or publications from any and all of our member, associate, or liaison organizations.
S&T Releases New Digital Video Quality Handbook
June 14, 2013
This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released version 1 of the Digital Video Quality Handbook for the first responder community. The VQiPS Standard handbook specifies a minimum level of performance for video surveillance systems (VSS).
Although public safety regularly use cell phones, smart phones, and other commercial wireless devices and services as a secondary form of communications, these devices and systems are currently not sufficiently suited for public safety mission critical voice communications during critical incidents ... [read more]
Are You Operating in the T-Band? Changes Will Affect You – Loss of the T-Band Could Cost $5.9 Billion
The T-Band frequencies in 470–512 MHz are authorized for use in 11 metro markets by both public safety and industrial/business users. Public safety has built extensive communications networks on the T-Band, which provides frequencies in metro areas where spectrum demand is the greatest. An unexpected provision of the law that created the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) also requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to recover and auction the public safety T-Band spectrum... [read more]
NPSTC Develops Launch Requirements for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
December 11, 2012
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 has made the deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) possible. This groundbreaking legislation establishes the governance and identifies the funding necessary to build a public safety broadband network. The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), assigned to deploy and operate the NPSBN, will need a statement of public safety’s technical and administrative requirements in the immediate‐, medium‐, and long‐terms. On December 11, 2012, NPSTC presented the Launch Statement of Requirements (SoR) to the First Net Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), who in turn has presented it to the FirstNet Board to assist them as they begin to develop the long‐awaited NPSBN.
The 15 public safety organizations that comprise NPSTC, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, American Radio Relay League, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, Association of Public‐Safety Communications Officials‐International, Forestry Conservation Communications Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Emergency Managers, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Municipal Signal Association, National Association of State Chief Information Officers, National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials, National Association of State Foresters, National Association of State Technology Directors, National Emergency Number Association, and the National Sheriff's Association formally voted to endorse the Public Safety Broadband High‐Level Launch Requirements, Statement of Requirements for FirstNet Consideration.
NPSTC's Broadband Working Group prepared this document to describe the high‐level public safety requirements required for launch of the network. The Launch SoR has been developed by public safety practitioners from all disciplines, experts in public safety communications, commercial wireless providers, members of academia, information technologists, equipment manufacturers, and many others who have dedicated numerous hours because they know they are contributing to one of the most important technology initiatives of their careers.
These volunteers came together through the NPSTC Broadband Working Group (BBWG), working with the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program. PSCR is jointly supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)/Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) with additional funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS's), Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), and the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC).
The AFST Working Group received many comments on the need for additional narrowband spectrum to support public safety operations, including the need for additional interoperability spectrum assignments. There is a need for additional VHF narrowband spectrum to support existing and future public safety communications needs. Many rural agencies compete with statewide public safety agencies for access to VHF spectrum, which is highly desirable spectrum due to its ability to cover very wide areas at lower costs. The currently allocated Public Safety spectrum is insufficient to meet current voice and data needs, will not permit deployment of needed advanced data and video systems, does not provide adequate interoperability channels, and will not meet future needs under projected population growth and demographic changes.