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NENA Honors Marilyn Ward as Part of Its "9-1-1 History and Heroes" Presentation.  The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) celebrated its conference in Nashville, TN, from June 16-21, at the Music City Center.  On February 16, 1968, history was made when the first-ever 9-1-1 call was made in Haleyville, Alabama.  Since that day, 9-1-1 professionals have dutifully served the public as the first first responders to emergencies large and small.  NPSTC's Executive Director Marilyn Ward was among those honored for their work.  Read her complete biography here.
NPSTC Filed Reply Comments to FCC's NPRM on Process to Encourage Provision of New Technologies and Services to the Public.  Section 7 of the Communications Act requires the FCC to determine within 1 year whether a petition or application for a new technology or service is in the public interest.  In general, NPSTC supported the goals of the proposal.
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NPSTC's Reply Comments provided overall support for the guidelines and process the FCC has proposed.  The Reply Comments also recommended some clarity on how the proposed Section 7 process would meld with the Technological Advisory Council (TAC) spectrum policy recommendations, if enacted, on which NPSTC commented earlier this year.  Finally, the Reply Comments noted that both the proposed Section 7 process and any implementation of the TAC spectrum policy recommendations place significant additional workload on the Office of Engineering and Technology and, therefore, the FCC may need to hire additional engineers.
Texas A&M University Will Present at Broadband Emerging Technologies Working Group, on Wednesday, June 27, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET.  Dr. Eric Jing Du, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, will provide an update on their PSCR-funded research to study cognitive overload in first responders.  A Virtual Reality environment will be used to simulate various public safety scenarios and first responders are physiologically monitored to determine whether they are able to process incoming data about the incident.  Different types and styles of data can be displayed to the first responder and analyzed.  Another goal is to customize the data that flows to a first responder, so they only receive the information that they need for their specific mission.  The objective of the grant is to validate a User Interface design for firefighters that meets their needs and does not result in cognitive overload.
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PSCR Announces Release of 2018 NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - Mission Critical Voice Quality Of Experience Funding Opportunity.  PSCR is seeking applications for activities to measure the impact of impairments to mission critical voice (MCV) systems and quantify the quality of experience (QOE) for first responders.  Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, August 3, 2018.  Read the full Notice of Funding Opportunity on
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NPSTC Governing Board May 2018 Meeting Minutes Now Online.  Minutes and presentations from the meeting are available for your review.  For the full presentation and audio, you can also view the Governing Board Meeting on the NPSTC YouTube Channel.
Please Join NPSTC for Any Additional Committee and Working Group Meetings that Interest You.  NPSTC is holding the following meetings this week, which are open to anyone interested in public safety communications.  The full schedule is available on the NPSTC Public Safety Calendar, including conference lines and access codes.
Tuesday, June 26
Interoperability Committee, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, June 27
Wednesday, June 28
EMS Working Group, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
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