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So Many Good Reasons to See You at IWCE
March 06, 2014
IWCE 2014 Highlights
IWCE Features 330 exhibitors showcasing the latest in communications technology systems.
Morning Keynote: Daniel Burrus, Technology Futurist; Afternoon Keynote: Bill D'Agostino, General Manager, FirstNet, and TJ Kennedy, Deputy General Manager, FirstNet.
Five days of informative sessions on all things related to wireless communications.
Three Opportunities to Interact with NPSTC
Public Safety Communications Stakeholder Meeting. Join NPSTC for an update on multiple hot topics in the field of public safety communications, including FirstNet broadband requirements. Meetingwill be held Friday, March 28, 2014, Open Meeting, 8:30 am - 1:00pm;Executive Session, 1:00 - 5:30 pm, Room S225, This event is FREE. Register here: http://www.npstc.org/meetingDetail.jsp?meeting=992.
NPSTC Booth: 9075, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 10:00 am - 6:30 pm, and Thursday, March 27, 2014, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, www.iwceexpo.com.
NPSTC Panel Presents Current Public Safety Issues: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm, Room W07.
Separate Presentations by NPSTC Subject Matter Experts
A Guide to Interoperability and "Open" Standards: NPSTC's Chair, Interoperability, John Powell, Wednesday, 3/26, 11:00am-12:15 pm, Room S228.
The Future of T-Band: NPSTC's Vice Chair, Spectrum Management, Stu Overby, Thursday, 3/27, 9:45-11:00 am, Room S228.
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Long Time Public Safety Advocate Andy Seybold Advocates
March 07, 2014
"Many of my subscribers are aware that in August of last year I accepted a contractor's position for FirstNet. I was the Public Safety Communications Advisor to the FirstNet management team. My contract lasted until mid-December when DOC/NTIA decided to change how contractors are chosen and compensated. Three months after undertaking this new process, I have been informed that many of the incumbent contractors, including myself, are being replaced with others chosen not by FirstNet but rather by the DOC/NTIA. I enjoyed my time working with the FirstNet team; I have nothing but praise for their dedication and professionalism. I will miss working with FirstNet but for now, in sports vernacular, I am a free agent." – Andrew M. (Andy) Seybold
911 Legislation News: Laws Enacted During 2013
March 05, 2014
– Would you like to know what kind of 911 laws were passed during 2013? Are you interested in finding out which states have updated their 911 statutes? A resource is now available to assist State and local PSAP Managers, 911 Authorities, legislators and local and regional officials nationwide in keeping track of legislative changes affecting 911 services. An aggregate list of key 2013 enactments has been posted on the 911 Legislation Tracking Database at NCSL 911 Legislative Database
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May we split the check please? Sharing Costs in Cross Jurisdictional Collaboratives
March 05, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – States and local government are joining up to save money and leverage economies of scale in operations to deliver better government services. The recipe for successful cross-jurisdictional collaborations have been explored by NASCIO in its report titled, "What Makes Collaborative Initiatives Work?"
Often the primary incentive to forming a collaborative is cost sharing. NASCIO continues to build its portfolio of publications and references with a new release highlighting cost sharing. A list of essential design elements for cost sharing is presented along with examples of successful collaboratives. The publication is available at www.nascio.org/publications
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National 911 Program Presents NG911 Webinar Event March 27
February 27, 2014
"State of 911" March Forum Features a discussion of opportunities for the 911 community from the Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an update from the National 911 Program, and Q&A Sessions.
(Washington, D.C.) – February 27, 2014 – State and local 911 professionals, Federal agency representatives and other 911 stakeholders will participate in a "State of 911" webinar discussion, presented by the National 911 Program, Thursday, March 27th from 12-1pm Eastern Time ... [read more]
National 911 Program Releases List of NG911 Standards
February 24, 2014
(Courtesy of Laurie Flaherty, Coordinator, National 911 Program, US DOT/NHTSA Office of EMS)
The National 911 Program recently released its most recent update of the report; "Next Generation 911 (NG911) Standards Identification and Review: A Compilation of Existing and Planned Standards for NG911 Systems
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Non-P25 Digital Technology Hurts Interoperability Efforts
February 19, 2014
(A Mission Critical Article by NPSTC Interoperability Chair, John Powell) "Close examination shows that interoperability is broken into three areas as defined by the five lanes of the Safecom Interoperability Continuum: governance, standard operating procedures, training and exercises, usage and technology. Technology is last because for proper implementation, its selection must be carefully done only after governance is established and operational decisions, including interoperability, are made with regard to how that technology will be implemented and used. Technology's purpose is to support an operation, not drive it."
Radio Club of America to Hold Membership Breakfast March 27, 2014 in Las Vegas
February 01, 2014
The Radio Club of America will hold a Membership Breakfast on March 27, 2014 from 7:30am – 9:00am in conjunction with the IWCE 2014 Show in Las Vegas. The breakfast will take place at the Las Vegas Hotel – Ballroom E–F. Cost is $15 per person in advance; $20 on-site.
NPSTC's Andy Thiessen Speaks Out - YouTube Video
January 25, 2014
Andy Thiessen, NPSTC Technology Committee Vice Chair, speaks out on numerous relevant public safety issues – FirstNet, LTE, mobile broadband, and more. Play video
NPSTC Submits Comments Regarding the Commission's Rules to Facilitate Use of Vehicular Repeater Units
December 31, 2013
NPSTC submits these comments regarding amendment of sections 90.20(d)(34) and 90.265 of the Commission's rules to facilitate the use of vehicular repeater units (ref. PR Docket No. 13-229, RM-11635).
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]
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.
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).
Why Can't Public Safety Just Use Cell Phones?
April 15, 2013
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 Releases T-Band Report
March 15, 2013
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).
NPSTC Files AFST Final Report, "Public Safety Communications Assessment 2012-2022 - Technology, Operations, & Spectrum Roadmap"
July 18, 2012
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.
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