Technology & Broadband
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DHS OEC and DOT Introduce the NG911 Cybersecurity Primer
Ten Reasons EMS Needs to Be Engaged with FirstNet
October 14, 2016
"EMS is on the cusp of a revolution. Are you ready for communication technologies that will turn the back of your ambulance into a remote emergency room?" – TJ Kennedy, FirstNet President ...[read more]
S&T Press Release: DHS S&T Selects 10 Start-Ups for First Responder Innovation
October 06, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced the selection of 10 startup companies to be part of EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology, a program designed to bring startups, accelerators, and other strategic partners together in a common research and development effort ...[read more]
Maintaining Public Safety Communications Reliability and Interoperability in the 700 MHz Band
October 03, 2016
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) submitted this position paper to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...[read more]
S&T Snapshot: FRRG A Valuable Resource for Science and Technology
September 23, 2016
Across the country, first responder agencies constantly self-evaluate their tools and equipment. Oftentimes, the technology they use could be taken another step further to solve simple but essential capability gaps responders face daily ...[read more]
2016 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting Presentations Online
September 16, 2016
The presentations for this year's 2016 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting are available for download on the PSCR website, located at http://www.pscr.gov/outreach/.
FirstNet Weekly Update to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)
October 24, 2016
Week of October 24, 2016 – FirstNet IACP 2016 Participation and Completion of 44 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings; FirstNet Meetings with Florida Sheriffs Association's Leadership and Nebraska Public Safety Broadband Working Group; Future FirstNet Meeting Participation ...[read more]
Details from Recent NPSTC Full Meeting on September 28 and 29, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
August 31, 2016
Join us for Awards 2016, compliance testing, and protecting public safety use of GPS presentations, and more. Meeting topics also include updates from our Federal Partners and Governing Board Members, Interoperability, Spectrum Management, and Technology and Broadband Committees, FirstNet NPSBN Development, organizations updates, and NPSTC strategic plan discussion.
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 meetings 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...
Wednesday and Thursday, September 28 and 29, 2016
IAFC Approves FirstNet Position Statement
OEC Outreach: New P25 CAP Compliance Assessment Bulletins Released, Source Mission Critical Communications
September 08, 2016
Seven new documents critical to the Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) pushing forward with new product performance and interoperability testing were released ...[read more]
S&T Snapshot: FIND Offers Simple Guidance for Lost Person Searches
September 02, 2016
During the summer months, many people enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. Search and rescue personnel are also outside, but for a different reason – searching for lost individuals including children and those with mental disabilities and illnesses ...[read more]
FCC Changes Rules to Allow Railroad Police to Use Public Safety Interoperability Channels
August 29, 2016
On August 23, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changed its part 90 rules to allow railroad police officers to use public safety interoperability frequencies to communicate with public safety entities already authorized to use those channels...[read more]
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]
FCC Connect2Health Task Force Unveils Broadband Health Mapping Tool
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
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