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Two Critical Communications IoT Reports Jointly Drafted by PSCE and GSMA
January 20, 2020
We are delighted to announce the publication of two reports on Critical Communications IoT jointly drafted by PSCE and GSMA.
Important Updates from DHS and CISA
January 10, 2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), has issued two important updates regarding increased tensions in the Middle East and potential retaliation against U.S. assets. APCO encourages all members and agencies to read these articles and take appropriate actions.
On January 7, 2020, CISA issued a CISA Insights document entitled, "Increased Geopolitical Tensions and Threats" pertaining to the increased tension with Iran. You can read the new CISA Insights at https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Insights-Increased-Geopolitical-Tensions-and-Threats-S508C.pdf.
CISA has posted Activity Alert (AA) AA20-006A: Potential for Iranian Cyber Response to U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad (TLP:WHITE) to the CISA/US-CERT website at https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-006a.
The Richard DeMello Award is Presented to Chief Barry Luke - Congratulations!
December 05, 2019
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Pai Urges Congress to Repeal T-Band Auction Mandate
December 03, 2019
(Courtesy TRDaily, Paul Kirby) FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today called on Congress to repeal its mandate that the agency reallocate and auction public safety T-band spectrum. In a related development, the Commission today suspended the processing of T-band renewal applications ...[read more]
Andy Seybold's Public Safety Advocate, November 14, 2019: T-Band, FirstNet Updates, Laptops and Tablets
November 14, 2019
First and vitally important to eleven major cities and their metro areas, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have introduced bills cancelling the T-band (470–512) giveback ...[read more]
PSCR Webinar Series: IoT Foundations for First Responders
November 12, 2019
Next up in PSCR's Webinar Series: IoT Foundations for First Responders. Join us on Wednesday, December 11th at 11 AM – 12 PM (MT) for insight into PSCR's Internet of Things (IoT) research and how public safety operators can get involved...[read more]
Release of FY2020 Emergency Communications TA/SCIP Planning Guide
October 23, 2019
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is pleased to publish the FY2020 Emergency Communications Technical Assistance (TA)/Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) Planning Guide...[read more]
CISA Releases Updated National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)
September 25, 2019
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) releases an update to the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)...[read more]
September 11, 2019
(Courtesy APCO PSC Magazine, Sept/Oct issue, and author John L. Linko) T-Band users continue to face the possible loss of critical frequencies ...[read more]
Request for Assistance - Drone Responders
August 26, 2019
600 Member-Agency Milestone Surpassed, Fall 2019 Public Safety UAS Research Survey Launched...[read more]
CISA Issues Ransomware Message to Stakeholders
July 31, 2019
If you've been reading the Daily News Clips recently, and I hope you have, you've seen a recent spate of news about ransomware attacks across the country. As part of our role as the Nation's risk advisor, this week CISA teamed up with our partners at NGA, NASCIO and MS-ISAC to put out a statement offering three quick steps that SLTT partners should take to combat ransomware...[read more]
Snapshot: S&T NUSTL Supports First Responder Radiological Preparedness
July 02, 2019
A radiological dispersal device (RDD), or "dirty bomb," detonation in a local jurisdiction will have significant consequences for public safety, responder health and critical infrastructure operations. First responders and emergency managers must quickly assess the hazard, issue protective action recommendations, triage and treat the injured, and secure the scene in support of the individuals, families and businesses in the impacted community. This is why, in 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL), in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) published guidance for first responders and emergency managers on how to plan for the first minutes of an RDD detonation response...[read more]
News Release: DHS S&T, IJIS Host Text-to-911 Techfest on Google Campus
July 10, 2019
GAO Publishes Emergency Communications T-Band Report
FirstNet Now Taking Applications for the Chief Harlin R. McEwen Public Safety Broadband Communications Award
July 01, 2019
The Chief Harlin R. McEwen Public Safety Broadband Communications Award is the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet Authority) sole, prestigious award. Established in 2017, the award recognizes the spirit of service, commitment, and dedication that is a proud tradition among public safety. The award was created in honor of Chief Harlin R. McEwen for his extraordinary expertise, experience, and leadership as the founding Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) Chair. To nominate an individual, download the nomination form and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org ...[read more]
APCO Announces Approval of Public Safety Grade Site Hardening Standard
June 21, 2019
Alexandria, Va. – The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International received final approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on June 11, 2019 for an American National Standard (ANS) that identifies hardening requirements for public safety grade sites...[read more]
NPSTC Public Safety Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group Publishes Use Case Report and Assessment Attributes
Release of FY 2019 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants
April 09, 2019
On behalf of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), I am releasing the FY 2019 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (SAFECOM Guidance), which has been posted to the SAFECOM website at: https://www.dhs.gov/safecom/funding...[read more]
T-Band Spectrum Contributed to the Incentive Auction Proceeds
April 05, 2019
NPSTC and public safety agencies that rely on the T-Band spectrum have provided clear documentation that relocation out of the public safety T-Band spectrum as required under Section 6103 of Public Law (P.L.) 112-96 would significantly disrupt mission critical public safety voice communications in key major urban areas...[read more]
NPSTC Publishes New Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPPT) Report
January 12, 2019
The Board approved a new report from the Common Channel Working Group, Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT): Considerations for Interoperability Talkgroup Naming and Management. The report was created following the earlier fall publication of Mission Critical Push to Talk Considerations for the Management of User ID and First Responder Identity ...[read more]
NPSTC Publishes Mission Critical Push to Talk Considerations for the Management of User ID and First Responder Identity
December 04, 2018
This report provides high-level recommendations on the potential use of various MCPTT data fields to create a standardized approach to managing first responder identity ...[read more]
NPSTC Files Comments on Z-Axis Accuracy Metric
October 01, 2018
NPSTC files these Comments (PS Docket No. 07-114), regarding PSHSB's request for comments on Vertical (Z-Axis) Accuracy Metric proposed by the nationwide wireless carriers.
NPSTC and CITIG Release Report on Cross Border 9-1-1 Data Sharing
Members of NPSTC Support Introduction of Don't Break Up the T-Band Act of 2018 (S.3347)
PSC eNews Posts on Cybersecurity Detection/Mitigation, Incident Handling, and More
NPSTC Files Comprehensive Comments to FCC on 4.9 GHz Band
July 10, 2018
In the Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM), the FCC sought comment on alternatives to stimulate expanded use of and investment in the 4.9 GHz band. NPSTC opposed reallocation and auction of the band for commercial use. NPSTC's comments provided a more accurate picture of current and potential usage in the 4.9 GHz band...[read more]
NPSTC Publishes NPSBN Position Statement
June 20, 2018
NPSTC strongly supports Public Law 112-96 (02/22/12) that sets forth the requirements for having one Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). THE NPSBN is what public safety advocated for from the beginning of discussions within the community, starting around 2006, and what Congress mandated – a single nationwide network ...[read more]
RCA Honors Member Harlin McEwen
June 19, 2018
RCA has added a new feature to its website – a short feature on a current member, what they are doing, and what their wireless interests are. This month RCA honors Chief Harlin McEwen. Harlin R. McEwen, Chief of Police (Ret) brings more than 60 years of experience both as an advocate for public safety telecommunications issues and as a career law enforcement officer and administrator ...[read more]
AT&T Opens Stores to FirstNet Subscribers
June 11, 2018
AT&T, Inc., announced today that eligible first responders can sign up at AT&T's 5,300 retail stores for service on the nationwide public safety broadband network being overseen by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). AT&T is FirstNet's network partner.
GAO Releases Emergency Communications Report - GAO-18-379
May 29, 2018
(GAO-18-379: published: Apr 26, 2018; publicly released: May 29, 2018) During emergencies, first responders need to be able to communicate with each other – even across jurisdictions. After Hurricane Katrina, Congress passed a law to help first responders do just that. The law created working groups to improve regional collaboration. Each group has members from different levels of government, as well as from the private sector.
We found that these groups have generally worked well at the regional level – members shared information and assisted each other during emergencies. However, we recommended that FEMA encourage nationwide collaboration among the groups ...[read more]
NPSTC Renews Concerns About “Dispatchable Location” Definition
May 04, 2018
(RE: PS Docket No. 07-114) NPSTC writes today with an ongoing concern about how the wireless industry is interpreting "dispatchable location" for 9-1-1 location accuracy purposes, within the framework of the FCC's Fourth Report and Order.
Members of NPSTC Support the Don't Break Up the T-Band Act (H.R. 5085)
February 27, 2018
Members of the National Public Safety Communications Council (NPSTC) support the Don't Break Up the T-Band Act (H.R. 5085). NPSTC's members thank Representatives Eliot Engel and Lee Zeldin for introducing this legislation ...[read more]
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