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Please Call In to Our Full NPSTC Meeting, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT
July 18, 2016
Hear updates on interoperability between FirstNet and LMR mission critical voice systems, learn the results from public safety responding to the Encryption Task Force, and discover the impact of recent FCC rules. Meeting topics include updates from our Federal Partners and Governing Board Members, Interoperability, Spectrum Management, and Technology and Broadband Committees, FirstNet NPSBN Development, PSCR, and NPSTC new business.
NPSTC Meetings are open discussions available to the general public. Remember to put your phone on mute (*6), not hold, to reduce noise. Please email your attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information. If you would like to ask questions during the meeting for the presenters to answer, you may email them to email@example.com. Your questions will be addressed to the group.
Full NPSTC Meeting Details and Documents...
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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]
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)
July 11, 2016
Week of July 11, 2016 – Federal Consultation Team Met Last Week with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Public Safety Communications Working Group and, along with Firstnet CTO Staff, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) CIO; Firstnet Board Member Governor Jim Douglas and Director of Government Affairs Edward Parkinson are Traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for the Annual Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA) ...[read more]
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]
July Exercise to Assess Impact of Electronic Warfare
NGA Policy Academy on Enhancing Emergency Communications Interoperability
February 16, 2016
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS – Policy Academy on Enhancing Emergency Communications Interoperability ...[read more]
LightSquared Changes Name to Ligado Networks
February 11, 2016
LightSquared announced today that it has changed its name to Ligado Networks LLC, and it also announced the addition of several key executives ...[read more]
SAFECOM/NCSWIC Release Public Safety Funding Documents
February 10, 2016
The Joint SAFECOM and National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Funding and Sustainment Committee is pleased to announce the launch of several new documents for public safety to utilize regarding the challenges they face securing and sustaining funding to build, improve, expand, and support the ongoing costs of public safety communications systems...[read more]
City of Charlotte’s FirstNet-Ready Interoperable Mobile Network
February 10, 2016
City of Charlotte is conducting a free webinar on March 10 at 10:30–11:30 am PT to explore how the city of Charlotte deployed an interoperable "FirstNet-ready" mobile communications network that is FIPS compliant to support its fleet of 950 law enforcement and firefighting vehicles. CLICK HERE to Register.
PSCR 2016 Workshop on Video Analytics in Public Safety (VAPS 201)
New SAFECOM-NCSWIC Blog
January 26, 2016
Beginning this month, SAFECOM will be transitioning the SAFECOM-NCSWIC Quarterly Newsletter to an online platform.
"The new SAFECOM-NCSWIC Blog will serve as a great tool for information sharing and dissemination. On the blog, we'll continue to highlight current events, activities, accomplishments, updates, opinion pieces, and innovative ideas from the SAFECOM and NCSWIC community. Starting today, we are soliciting content for the SAFECOM-NCSWIC Blog. If you have relevant public safety communications information you would like to highlight or share with the public safety stakeholder community, please email the SAFECOM Inbox or NCSWIC Inbox with ideas or posts by February 5, 2016." ...[read more]
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