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NPSTC Presents at APCO International's Annual Conference and EXPO 2016 in Orlando, FL
August 14, 2016
This session provided an overview of current public safety communications issues in the areas of operations, spectrum, interoperability, technology, and broadband. NPSTC highlighted current activity and emerging trends in several areas, including mission critical broadband; body worn cameras for law enforcement, fire, and EMS; evolving best practices for interoperability; and recent FCC decisions on spectrum.
Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.
Orange County Convention Center
West Building, W Hall A3-B3
9860 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819-8706
Please see the APCO 2016 website for more information.
NPSTC Booth at APCO 2016: 565
Monday, August, 15, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
NPSTC Panel Presentation: NPSTC Annual Public Safety Communications Update
Presenters: Ralph Haller, John Lenihan, Stu Overby, and Tom Sorley
Session Date and Time:
Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Session Room Location: W207-AB
How to Educate State and Local Decision-Makers on Need for Continued LMR Funding
August 10, 2016
SAFECOM has prepared a sample presentation on LMR Sustainment that can be used to educate state and local decision-makers on LMR needs...[read more]
Public Safety Leaders Respond to Critical Article about FirstNet in "The Atlantic"
S&T Press Release: NICS, A Communication Platform for First Responders, Now Available Worldwide
August 08, 2016
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS,) an information sharing tool for first responders, is now available worldwide ...[read more]
S&T Press Release: DHS S&T Announces Next Accelerator Topic
August 08, 2016
WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the kickoff of EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology, seeking the development of state of the art wearable technologies on the commercial market that can be modified for first responders ...[read more]
Registration is Now Open for APCO International's Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando August 14-17
April 07, 2016
APCO 2016 APCO International's Annual Conference & Expo takes place August 14–17 in Orlando, FL ...[read more]
First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)
August 22, 2016
Week of August 22, 2016 – U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker Announces the Reappointment of Sue Swenson, Jeff Johnson, and Teri Takai to the FirstNet Board of Directors; FirstNet Board and Finance Committee Special Teleconference Meeting on Friday, August 26; FirstNet Attends APCO 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL and IAFC 2016 Fire-Rescue International in San Antonio, TX and Will Participate in NASTD 2016 in Washington, D.C.; FirstNet Completion of 37 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings and Two Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) Meetings; See FirstNet Blog Features and Fact Sheet and New PSAC Website; FirstNet Tribal Team Activities; FirstNet Media Watch and Web and Social Media Updates ...[read more]
OEC TA Program Schedules RADO and INTD Training in August and September
July 28, 2016
The OEC Technical Assistance Program has scheduled technical assistance offerings for RADO and INTD in August and September ...[read more]
VQiPS: Policy Considerations for the Use of Video in Public Safety
July 25, 2016
VQiPS: Policy Considerations for the Use of Video in Public Safety, recently released by the VQiPS Working Group's Policy Subcommittee to provide guidance for government agencies crafting written policies and procedures for the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) video data in a variety of public safety applications. Policy topics include privacy, video retention, video redaction, and more. This document is a resource for issues to consider when formulating or updating government policies and procedures for the deployment, use, sharing, and maintenance of CCTV video information and systems. These considerations might also be useful for agencies that have older video systems, but want to examine whether their established policies reflect the current social and legal environment.
2016 Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) Workshop, August 31 - September 1, 2016, in Seattle, WA
July 20, 2016
You are invited to attend DHS's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) Workshop. The VQiPS initiative is an S&T led effort that creates unbiased guidance and educational resources that assist the first response community in clearly defining and communicating their video quality needs. Composed of federal, state, and local first responders from across multiple disciplines, federal partners, representatives from academia, standards-making bodies, and manufacturers, the VQiPS Working Group coordinates the numerous efforts underway to develop specifications that inform video standards – creating one unified, clear message for the first responder community. For more information about the meeting, visit the S&T Events Page. The VQiPS Workshop Registration Site is at http://www.cvent.com/d/5vqnrp.
Invitational Travel Information: Special travel arrangements may be available for members of local, state, and federal first responder agencies. Please email Chris.Espinoza@associates.hq.dhs.gov for details.
FEMA Releases Voice Radio Communications Guide for the Fire Service
July 20, 2016
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) released a new guide on radio communications for the fire service. The Voice Radio Communications Guide for the Fire Service comprises 10 sections covering basic radio technology, digital and analog technology, conventional and trunked radio systems, portable radios, system design and implementation, interoperability and spectrum licensing, and future technology convergence with FirstNet ...[read more]
S&T Snapshot: DHS S&T Demonstrates Integration of First Responder Technologies
July 13, 2016
More ruggedized protective equipment. Reliable and interoperable communications. The capability to filter vast amounts of data. These are all things the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) program envisions to ensure future first responder are better protected, connected and fully aware. First responders who are better protected and have the right information at the right time will be safer while they execute their mission of protecting their community ...[read more]
S&T Snapshot: CAUSE IV - Lessons Learned from the U.S. Canadian Cross-Border Experiment
July 06, 2016
The fourth installment of the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE IV) unfolded in the aftermath of a fictional tornado along the Michigan-Ontario border – real first responders used real gear, vehicles, and standard operating procedures to ensure that citizens and communities remained safe and received necessary care during and after the "storm"...[read more]
Agreement Improves Cross Border Communications between the U.S. and Canada
June 30, 2016
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Canada's Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) jointly released documents related to cross border communications. The FCC Public Notice provides guidance to U.S. public safety licensees seeking to: (1) roam into Canada; (2) communicate from the U.S. through base station repeaters in Canada; or (3) host Canadian licensees seeking to communicate through base station repeaters in the United States. Canada's Cross-Border Communication for Public Safety Licensees notice provides guidance to Canadian public safety agencies seeking to place base stations in the U.S. The FCC Public Notice also provides a path for U.S. public safety agencies to operate on Canadian frequencies used by Canadian first responders, which was previously considered to be an ineligible activity.
It is significant to note that regulatory solutions have now been created for all three cross border radio scenarios that were previously identified by U.S. and Canadian first responders. This recent agreement provides guidance on the placement and usage of base stations located in Canada to support local public safety operations as well as interoperability. Last year, the FCC and ISED provided regulatory guidance that allows the use of mobile and portable radios at, and across, the international border. The Cross Border Outreach document created by NPSTC and the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) explains exactly what the treaty allows in simple, concrete terms and provides website addresses for further information.
NPSTC Publishes Recommendations for Intrastate Common Channel Naming
TRDaily Reports: Updated NPSTC T-Band Report Says "Little Has Changed" in 3 Years
June 03, 2016
An updated report released today [Friday, June 3, 2016] by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) on the impact of a congressional mandate that requires the FCC to reallocate the T-band by 2021 says that "little has changed" since a report prepared more than three years ago estimated the cost of relocating public safety T-band operations to other frequencies would total more than $5.9 billion (TRDaily, March 15, 2013) ...[read more]
May 2016 FirstNet 9-1-1 Community Update
May 25, 2016
(Message from Bill Hinkle, FirstNet Senior 9-1-1 Advisor) As many of you are aware, we are making great strides in getting the FirstNet network deployed and putting life-saving technology into the hands of public safety personnel across the U.S. states and territories. The goal of this quarterly update is to increase awareness about FirstNet and update you on our plans and progress ...[read more]
DHS, NHTSA Release NG-911 Primer
CSRIC Approves Recommendations on 911 Routing, Security of WEA, EAS
March 16, 2016
The FCC's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) today approved recommendations on best practices for 911 call routing and re-routing, wireless emergency alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) security, and "security by design" of core networks and supply chains, as well as an interim report on addressing needs in the cybersecurity workforce ...[read more]
NPSTC's Haller Presents at RECCWG Meeting
March 08, 2016
NPSTC's Chair, Ralph Haller, gave a presentation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) on March 1, 2016...[read more]
How Will EMS and Hospitals Use Telemedicine?
March 03, 2016
How Will EMS and Hospitals Use Telemedicine? Today NPSTC releases a comprehensive report on the use of video technology by EMS agencies and the hospitals and trauma centers they interact with...[read more]
PTIG Issues New Whitepaper "Is Project 25 Public Safety Grade?"
March 02, 2016
Question: Is Project 25 "Public Safety Grade"? The Answer: Yes!!
Project 25 in many ways establishes the foundation for implementing Public Safety Grade systems and equipment, and therefore we can say YES to the question "Is Project 25 Public Safety Grade?" ...[read more]
FCC Releases Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA) Final Report
February 26, 2016
The Task Force voted unanimously to adopt a consolidated report and final set of recommendations, as incorporated from the reports and recommendations of the Task Force's three working groups...[read more]
APCO Seeks Work Group Members to Create a Standard for Public Safety Grade Site Hardening Requirements
February 26, 2016
(Courtesy APCO International) – Alexandria, VA – The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has filed a Project Initiation with ANSI and has issued a call for work group members to participate in the creation of an ANSI standard addressing public safety grade site hardening requirements...[read more]
For Awareness: FY 2016 DHS Preparedness Grant Programs
February 25, 2016
Each year, OEC provides details of fiscal year DHS grants. This year the OEC FY 2016 DHS Preparedness Grant Programs Letter contains the following information:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to OEC. Thank you.
OEC Releases FY 2016 SAFECOM Guidance
February 19, 2016
SAFECOM Members:On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), we are pleased to announce that the FY 2016 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (SAFECOM Guidance) has been posted to the SAFECOM website at: https://www.dhs.gov/safecom/funding...[read more]
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