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SAVE THIS DATE: March 25, 2016, Full NPSTC Meeting in Person at IWCE
January 27, 2016
NPSTC will hold a full in-person meeting at IWCE on March 25, 2016, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm PT. For more information about IWCE, go to www.iwceexpo.com. Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.
Please visit us in the NPSTC Booth on March 23 and 24, 2016, beginning at 10:00 am PT and ending at 5:30 pm on Wednesday and 5:00 pm on Thursday. Booth number 566.
City of Charlotte’s FirstNet-Ready Interoperable Mobile Network
February 10, 2016
City of Charlotte is conducting a free webinar on March 10 at 10:30–11:30 am PT to explore how the city of Charlotte deployed an interoperable "FirstNet-ready" mobile communications network that is FIPS compliant to support its fleet of 950 law enforcement and firefighting vehicles. CLICK HERE to Register.
SAFECOM/NCSWIC Release Public Safety Funding Documents
February 10, 2016
The Joint SAFECOM and National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Funding and Sustainment Committee is pleased to announce the launch of several new documents for public safety to utilize regarding the challenges they face securing and sustaining funding to build, improve, expand, and support the ongoing costs of public safety communications systems...[read more]
New SAFECOM-NCSWIC Blog
January 26, 2016
Beginning this month, SAFECOM will be transitioning the SAFECOM-NCSWIC Quarterly Newsletter to an online platform.
"The new SAFECOM-NCSWIC Blog will serve as a great tool for information sharing and dissemination. On the blog, we'll continue to highlight current events, activities, accomplishments, updates, opinion pieces, and innovative ideas from the SAFECOM and NCSWIC community. Starting today, we are soliciting content for the SAFECOM-NCSWIC Blog. If you have relevant public safety communications information you would like to highlight or share with the public safety stakeholder community, please email the SAFECOM Inbox or NCSWIC Inbox with ideas or posts by February 5, 2016." ...[read more]
Doug Aiken, Vice Chair and Founding Member of NPSTC Named as New Executive Director of IMSA
January 20, 2016
Rockledge, FL, January 20, 2016 – Chief Douglas M. Aiken has been appointed as the Executive Director of the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) ...[read more]
APCO/NPSTC Naming Standard Released for Public Review and Comment
January 19, 2016
On January 7, 2016 the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International released the APCO/NPSTC 1.104.2-201x Standard Channel Nomenclature for the Public Safety Interoperability Channels for public review and comment by February 8, 2016.
The revision and re-designation process occurs every 5 years for all American National Standards. This ensures that all standards are up to date with current trends in operations, training and technology. The public review and comment period is an important step in the standard development process. This provides an opportunity for all interested parties to review and contribute. The draft standard can be downloaded for review and comments may be submitted at https://workspace.apcointl.org/kws/public/document?document_id=16&wg_abbrev=operational.
DHS's Emergency Communications Forum (ECF) Newsletter Now Online
NASCIO Announces 2016 Federal Advocacy Priorities
January 13, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, January 12 – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced its 2016 federal advocacy priorities today. NASCIO's federal advocacy agenda will focus on the following areas: Cybersecurity, flexibility in federal regulations, Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet), and information sharing ...[read more]
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]
National 911 Program Presents Free "State of 911" Webinar Event February 9, 2016
January 13, 2016
(Washington, D.C.) – January 11, 2016 – State and local 911 professionals, Federal agency representatives and other 911 stakeholders will participate in a "State of 911" webinar and question and answer session, presented by the National 911 Program, Tuesday, February 9 from 12–1pm Eastern Time ...[read more]
IAFC Endorses Backup Power Petition
January 13, 2016
The International Association of Fire Chiefs says it supports a petition filed by the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates and various other consumer advocacy entities (TRDaily, Dec. 2, 2015) asking the FCC to reconsider its decision not to make service providers responsible for ensuring that backup power is available for voice services that are not line-powered ...[read more]
Twisp River Fire Communications Report Issued
December 03, 2015
(Courtesy Ralph O. Barnett, III, US DHS OEC) The United States Forest Service and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources have released a report on the August 19, 2015 Twisp River Fire that took the lives of three firefighters....[read more]
FAA Releases UAS Registration Task Force Report
December 02, 2015
The FAA UAS Registration Task Force has released its report and recommendations. The task force proposed a national drone registration system should be free, electronic, and immediately responsive. Task force members interviewed FAA officials, met for three days and prepared final recommendations. They agreed on three basic requirements: Owners must fill out an electronic form, immediately receive a certificate of registration and number for use on all UAS they own, and mark all applicable drones with a registered number... [read more]
Portable and Mobile Radio Use at the International Border with Canada: When are You Allowed to Use Your Radio?
November 10, 2015
This Cross Border Outreach document created by NPSTC and the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) explains the 1952 treaty and a bi-national clarification signed in 2014 between the U.S. and Canada, that allows public safety agencies to operate their mobile and portable radios as they approach the international border and to continue using these devices after they have crossed into the other country ...[read more]
Tribute to Chief Harlin McEwen, One of the Hardest Working Men in Public Safety Communications!
October 28, 2015
(Courtesy Police Chief Magazine: A Look Back at a Remarkable Career, by Eddie Reyes, Deputy Chief, Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department) As a membership organization, IACP's success depends heavily on the contributions of its members. Over the years, we have been fortunate to have a very active membership of committed volunteers who have helped make IACP the world-class organization it is today. Few, however, can match the contributions of Chief McEwen ...[read more]
NPSTC and NRPC Collaborate on 700 MHz Nationwide Deployable Trunked Solutions
October 23, 2015
NPSTC and the NRPC have developed a report detailing recommended technical and logistical solutions necessary to implement the new deployable trunked systems: 700 MHz Nationwide Deployable Trunked Solutions. The report also includes some recommended best practices to enable improved interoperability among public safety entities that implement deployable trunked systems ...[read more]
NPSTC Sends Local Control Needs and Use Cases to PSAC
October 13, 2015
Public Safety Entity Control and Monitoring Requirements for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network outlines public safety's needs and expectations for Local Control of the NPSBN. "Local Control" means the ability of PSEs at all jurisdictional levels – federal, state, local, and tribal – to configure and monitor their communications systems to adapt to changing mission requirements and system conditions. The phrase "changing mission requirements" denotes a situational continuum ranging from routine to crisis. NPSTC has presented this report and recommendations to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) for consideration by FirstNet....[read more]
Public Safety Needs for Priority and Quality of Service in the NBPSN
August 19, 2015
Public safety needs effective system design and policy that meets the day-to-day needs of public safety entities, but that can also respond flexibly to user needs as incidents grow in severity. NPSTC presents this report on public safety priority and quality of service (PQoS) needs and use cases for the 700 MHz Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). This 2015 document, constructed through a collaborative effort between public safety users, government representatives, and members from industry is an update of a report originally issued in 2012 ...[read more]
FCC Opens Public Safety Support Center
Release of the Emergency Communications Governance Guide for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Officials
September 23, 2015
The Governance Guide for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Emergency Communications Officials (Governance Guide) is a tool provided by SAFECOM and OEC for public safety professionals at all levels of government and disciplines to use in assessing, establishing, and sustaining effective emergency communications governance. Developed with direct input from a wide array of responders across the country, this tool comprehensively lays out governance challenges, best practices, and recommendations. While none of the information provided is intended to be restrictive or required, the broad approach allows emergency communications officials to specifically select and apply the recommendations that is most appropriate for each of their specific situation or challenge.
How NG 9-1-1 Will Work with FirstNet
July 01, 2015
FirstNet and NG9-1-1: High-Level Overview of Systems and Functionality. NPSTC has developed an overview document to report on the similarities and differences, and interconnectivity between the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet) and Next Generation 9-1-1 networks (NG9-1-1) ...[read more]
Update to PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry
July 30, 2015
(Courtesy FCC Daily Digest, 7/30/15) Released: 07/29/2015. Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Update to PSAP Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry. (DA No. 15-870). (Dkt No 11-153 10-255 ) Future Text-to-911 Registry Updates Will Be Available On-Line. PSHSB. Contact: Tim May at (202) 418-1463, email: Timothy.May@fcc.gov.
NPSTC Compliments FirstNet on Draft RFP
July 27, 2015
NPSTC submitted Comments on July 27 to the First Responder Network Authority's Special Notice, which explains the proposed design and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The Draft RFP is extensive and covers many key areas that will be essential in attracting and choosing partner(s) to build out and operate the network.
NPSTC Submits Ex Parte Comments Regarding Light Squared GPS Interference Testing
July 29, 2015
NPSTC submits these ex parte comments regarding Light Squared's GPS interference testing.
NPSTC Sends Updated Channel Naming Standard to APCO/ANSI for Action
June 23, 2015
NPSTC's Governing Board reviewed and approved the updated Channel Naming standard document at the May meeting to the Association of Association of Public Safety Communications Officials – International (APCO) to begin the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process. This document is a revised version of the original 2010 APCO ANSI Channel Naming Standard that includes updates based on recent FCC changes in the 700 MHz band. Updates include the following:
NTIA's ITS Report: Wide-Area Network Must Be Supplemented for In-Building Coverage
August 01, 2015
A wide-area LTE network must be supplemented with in-building infrastructure in order for first responders to have adequate communications indoors, according to a report by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. Read NTIA Report here [Note this is a large file] ...[read more]
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