Technology & Broadband
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DHS, NHTSA Release NG-911 Primer
Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes Receives SAFECOM Services Recognition Award
May 12, 2016
At the recent SAFECOM meeting, NPSTC's representative from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes, now at Amtrak, was recognized for his service to SAFECOM while at the Alexandria [VA] Police Department. Deputy Chief Reyes and Chief Tom Roche represented the IACP at the SAFECOM meeting in Jacksonville, FL.
Eddie Reyes [C] Receives Award from SAFECOM. Chief Harlin McEwen [L] and Chief Tom Roche [R]
Registration Open for PSCR Broadband Stakeholder Meeting on June 7-9, 2016
Registration is Now Open for APCO International's Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando August 14-17
April 07, 2016
APCO 2016 APCO International's Annual Conference & Expo takes place August 14–17 in Orlando, FL ...[read more]
NASCIO Issues Cyber Disruption Response Planning Guidance for States
April 07, 2016
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers said today it has released guidance on state government cyber disruption response planning. The guidance includes a report on response planning, a checklist, and a cross-functional process description, NASCIO said ...[read more]
FirstNet Stresses Importance of Vehicle Systems
April 09, 2016
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today stressed the importance of enabling emergency vehicles to be used as vehicle network systems (VNS) and contrasted VNS deployments with those of other systems, such as cells on light trucks (COLTs) and cells on wheels (COWs) ...[read more]
IACP Releases 2015 Annual Report
April 04, 2016
IACP has recently released an Annual Report for 2015, available here and also publicly on the web. IACP has over 25,000 members in 115 countries. Through outreach efforts, the IACP is constantly working to build a global network spanning law enforcement, justice, community, and academia focused on expanding the profession and the tools and resources law enforcement needs to safeguard the public ...[read more]
FirstNet Announces Band 14 Incumbent Grant Program
March 16, 2016
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today officially announced a federal grant program to help incumbents on FirstNet’s 700 megahertz Band 14 spectrum relocate to other frequencies ...[read more]
First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)
May 23, 2016
Week of May 23, 2016 – FirstNet News; Kenzie Capece, Senior Outreach Advisor, joins FirstNet from DHS OEC; FirstNet participation in State Governance Body Consultation Meetings last week with presentations on May 19 in Colorado and Nebraska; FirstNet continued its metropolitan engagement strategy last week with meeting in Atlanta; FirstNet staff and Board Vice Chair Jeff Johnson participated in the Metro Fire Chiefs Association Conference, which concluded last week in Long Beach ...[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]
CSRIC Approves Recommendations on 911 Routing, Security of WEA, EAS
March 16, 2016
The FCC's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) today approved recommendations on best practices for 911 call routing and re-routing, wireless emergency alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) security, and "security by design" of core networks and supply chains, as well as an interim report on addressing needs in the cybersecurity workforce ...[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]
NPSTC's Haller Presents at RECCWG Meeting
March 08, 2016
NPSTC's Chair, Ralph Haller, gave a presentation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) on March 1, 2016...[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]
How Will EMS and Hospitals Use Telemedicine?
March 03, 2016
How Will EMS and Hospitals Use Telemedicine? Today NPSTC releases a comprehensive report on the use of video technology by EMS agencies and the hospitals and trauma centers they interact with...[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]
PTIG Issues New Whitepaper "Is Project 25 Public Safety Grade?"
March 02, 2016
Question: Is Project 25 "Public Safety Grade"? The Answer: Yes!!
Project 25 in many ways establishes the foundation for implementing Public Safety Grade systems and equipment, and therefore we can say YES to the question "Is Project 25 Public Safety Grade?" ...[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]
APCO Seeks Work Group Members to Create a Standard for Public Safety Grade Site Hardening Requirements
February 26, 2016
(Courtesy APCO International) – Alexandria, VA – The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has filed a Project Initiation with ANSI and has issued a call for work group members to participate in the creation of an ANSI standard addressing public safety grade site hardening requirements...[read more]
FCC Opens Public Safety Support Center
FCC Releases Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA) Final Report
February 26, 2016
The Task Force voted unanimously to adopt a consolidated report and final set of recommendations, as incorporated from the reports and recommendations of the Task Force's three working groups...[read more]
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.
For Awareness: FY 2016 DHS Preparedness Grant Programs
February 25, 2016
Each year, OEC provides details of fiscal year DHS grants. This year the OEC FY 2016 DHS Preparedness Grant Programs Letter contains the following information:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to OEC. Thank you.
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]
OEC Releases FY 2016 SAFECOM Guidance
February 19, 2016
SAFECOM Members:On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), we are pleased to announce that the FY 2016 SAFECOM Guidance on Emergency Communications Grants (SAFECOM Guidance) has been posted to the SAFECOM website at: https://www.dhs.gov/safecom/funding...[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.
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