Update to PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry
July 30, 2015
(Courtesy FCC Daily Digest, 7/30/15) Released: 07/29/2015. Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Update to PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry. (DA No. 15-870). (Dkt No 11-153 10-255 ) Future Text-to-911 Registry Updates Will Be Available On-Line. PSHSB. Contact: Tim May at (202) 418-1463, email: Timothy.May@fcc.gov.
FCC Chairman Wheeler Gives Statement Before Energy & Commerce Committee
July 28, 2015
On July 28, Chairman Wheeler spoke at the hearing on "Continued Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission” to discuss progress on a number of key initiatives. On page 7 of the testimony, Chairman Wheeler noted “concern with the lack of coordination among 911 call centers, an issue I raised last time I was before this panel.” ...[read more]
NPSTC Compliments FirstNet on Draft RFP
July 27, 2015
NPSTC submitted Comments on July 27 to the First Responder Network Authority's Special Notice, which explains the proposed design and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The Draft RFP is extensive and covers many key areas that will be essential in attracting and choosing partner(s) to build out and operate the network.
Prima Develops High Precision Technology for Locating Digital Devices
July 16, 2015
Prima Research, LLC has developed patented technology that can locate in real time, with accuracy and very high precision, any digitally modulated radio-frequency-emitting device within a three-dimensional defined local space (DLS).
Urgent Comms Reports: Crisis Text Line Sheds Light on NG9-1-1 Possibilities
July 16, 2015
Crisis Text Line, a round-the-clock crisis-counseling hotline, has found success communicating with millions of people facing calamity – from domestic violence to suicide – through text messaging, giving the 911 community a sense of the possibilities that would accompany successful next-generation 911 implementation ...[read more]
FCC Seeking Comments for Progeny 911 Location Accuracy and M-LMS Waiver Requests
July 14, 2015
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau seeks comment on requests by Progeny LMS, LLC for waiver and extension of time to construct 900 MHz Multilateration Location and Monitoring Service Licenses (Comment Date: August 3, 2015; Reply Date: August 13, 2015).
Admiral Simpson Speaks at NARUC Regarding 900 Reliability
July 13, 2015
(Courtesy FCC Daily Digest) – Remarks of David Simpson, Rear Admiral (ret.), Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, NARUC Panel Discussion, regarding E911 Governance, New York, NY PSHSB
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]
NPSTC Drafts Letter to FCC Regarding Frequency Interference
July 13, 2015
NPSTC developed and compiled a questionnaire which was distributed broadly throughout the public safety community to seek information on energy-efficient lighting interference. The NPSTC report, "Radio Frequency Interference from Energy-Efficient Lighting" dated June 30, 2015, details the results of this questionnaire.
Learn About RF Interference from Energy Efficient Lighting
July 01, 2015
Last fall NPSTC was approached by several individuals and organizations who reported interference to public safety radio networks from energy efficient lighting devices or systems. In October 2014, NPSTC issued an initial query to the public safety community which resulted in dozens of responses.
FirstNet and NG9-1-1: High-Level Overview of Systems and Functionality. NPSTC has developed an overview document to report on the similarities and differences, and interconnectivity between the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet) and Next Generation 9-1-1 networks (NG9-1-1).
NIST Publishes Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting Summary Report
June 25, 2015
The National Institute for Standards and Technology has published a comprehensive report for Smart Fire Fighting which includes all areas of fire prevention and protection engineering and fire service emergency response, and it addresses all phases of resilience (i.e., pre-incident, during an incident, and post-incident). Smart Fire Fighting will transform traditional fire protection and fire fighting practices to ensure the flow of critical information where and when it is needed.
NIIX Leverages Interoperability in Georgia - How the Georgia Community Uses This Free Website
June 24, 2015
Nick Brown, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), Homeland Security Division, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA)/Homeland Security, discusses how the National Interoperability Information Exchange (NIIX) helps him manage interoperability and public safety communications more effectively in Georgia ...[read more]
NPSTC Sends Updated Channel Naming Standard to APCO/ANSI for Action
June 23, 2015
NPSTC's Governing Board reviewed and approved the updated Channel Naming standard document at the May meeting to the Association of Association of Public Safety Communications Officials – International (APCO) to begin the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process.
National 911 Program Compiles Complete List of NG911 Standards
June 17, 2015
Annual Update Includes 2014 Standards. The National 911 Program recently released its third annual update to the report; "Next Generation 911 (NG911) Standards Identification and Review: A compilation of existing and planned standards for NG911 systems." The 911 community has leveraged this document as a source of information during the development of NG911 system design, implementation and operations and the document was also used as the NG911 standards reference in the 2015 SAFECOM Grant Guidance.
Submission to the Australian Government Productivity Commission’s Issues Paper, June 2015
June 03, 2015
The University of Melbourne Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety made the attached submission to the Australian Productivity Commission in response to the Commission’s Public Safety Mobile Broadband Issues Paper.
PSCR Seeks Practitioners for Speech Intelligibility and Video Quality Testing
June 01, 2015
The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program is seeking practitioners to participate in speech intelligibility testing and video quality testing. Participate in PSCR speech intelligibility and video quality tests between June 22 and August 14, 2015 at the Boulder, Colorado labs (plan to spend one full day at our lab). PSCR is seeking active public safety practitioners (police, firefighters, EMS, FBI, etc.) and their command staff. One or more years of experience is required.
NIST Develops First “Roadmap” for Public Safety Communications Research
May 30, 2015
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the first "roadmap" for the next 20 years of research needed to establish seamless, broadband public safety communications networks across the United States ...[read more]
NPSTC Files Ex Parte Regarding P25 CAP Certification
May 28, 2015
NPSTC strongly supports the P25 standard and the P25 CAP certification program and recommends that the Commission modify the rules as needed to ensure that P25 equipment in the 700 MHz band meets the P25 CAP certification prior to the equipment being delivered and/or deployed
NASCIO Releases Unmanned Aerial Systems, Governance and State CIOs: On the Radar
May 27, 2015
(Courtesy NASCIO) – LEXINGTON, Ky., May 27, 2015 – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released a policy brief on state government use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) today. The paper focuses on the myriad ways UAS are deployed in state government and why state CIOs should be actively engaged in the governance and use of UAS.