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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
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]
NPSTC Publishes Recommendations for Intrastate Common Channel Naming
NPSTC Sends Heartfelt Condolences to Orlando
June 20, 2016
The member organizations and volunteers of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council send heartfelt condolences to the City of Orlando, the victims and their families, the communications 911 staff, and to the other first responders and medical community who reacted to this senseless tragedy...[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]
PSCR Analytics Summit: Save the Dates, August 3, 4
June 02, 2016
PSCR is pleased to announce the Public Safety Analytics Roadmap R&D Summit will take place August 3–4, 2016 at the Department of Commerce Boulder Labs. The Summit enables stakeholders to provide input on the prioritization of outputs from the recently published Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap Report ...[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]
P25 CAP Advisory Panel Seeks New Member
June 14, 2016
On June 10, 2016, DHS S&T OIC published a 30-day Federal Register Notice seeking a replacement member for the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) Advisory Panel (AP). One of the AP members recently retired. As such, the P25 CAP AP looks to fill the retiring member's seat on the AP. The notice can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/10/2016-13730/office-for-interoperability-and-compatibility-seeks-nominations-for-the-project-25-compliance. Please note that the 30 day notice will close on July 10, 2016. For questions regarding this Notice, please contact Chris.Espinoza@associates.hq.dhs.gov.
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]
Radio Club of America and the ETA International sign Partnership Agreement
May 31, 2016
(MINNEAPOLIS, May 31, 2016) – The Radio Club of America, Inc. (RCA) and the Electronic Technicians Association International (ETA) jointly announced today that the two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding of partnership to provide improved benefits to their members. Members of ETA will be able to join RCA at a reduced rate, and vice-versa. Each organization will list the other's meetings and events on their respective websites ...[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
Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes Receives SAFECOM Services Recognition Award
May 12, 2016
At the recent SAFECOM meeting, NPSTC's representative from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes, now at Amtrak, was recognized for his service to SAFECOM while at the Alexandria [VA] Police Department. Deputy Chief Reyes and Chief Tom Roche represented the IACP at the SAFECOM meeting in Jacksonville, FL.
Eddie Reyes [C] Receives Award from SAFECOM. Chief Harlin McEwen [L] and Chief Tom Roche [R]
Wireless Innovation Forum Issues New Report, "Elements of Context for Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications Systems"
May 10, 2016
(WASHINGTON, DC, May 10, 2016) – The Wireless Innovation Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, today announced public availability of a new report approved by its membership, "Elements of Context for Cognitive Radio Based Public Safety Communications Systems." The report was produced by the Forum's Public Safety Interest Group, led by Daniel Devasirvatham of Idaho National Laboratory, with experts from public safety, industry and government ...[read more]
FirstNet Stresses Importance of Vehicle Systems
April 09, 2016
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today stressed the importance of enabling emergency vehicles to be used as vehicle network systems (VNS) and contrasted VNS deployments with those of other systems, such as cells on light trucks (COLTs) and cells on wheels (COWs) ...[read more]
NASCIO Issues Cyber Disruption Response Planning Guidance for States
April 07, 2016
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers said today it has released guidance on state government cyber disruption response planning. The guidance includes a report on response planning, a checklist, and a cross-functional process description, NASCIO said ...[read more]
IACP Releases 2015 Annual Report
April 04, 2016
IACP has recently released an Annual Report for 2015, available here and also publicly on the web. IACP has over 25,000 members in 115 countries. Through outreach efforts, the IACP is constantly working to build a global network spanning law enforcement, justice, community, and academia focused on expanding the profession and the tools and resources law enforcement needs to safeguard the public ...[read more]
FirstNet Announces Band 14 Incumbent Grant Program
March 16, 2016
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today officially announced a federal grant program to help incumbents on FirstNet’s 700 megahertz Band 14 spectrum relocate to other frequencies ...[read more]
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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