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SAVE THESE DATES: January 24, 2017, Full NPSTC Meeting by Teleconference and March 31, 2017, Full NPSTC Meeting in Person at IWCE
December 22, 2016
NPSTC will be holding a full NPSTC meeting via a conference call on January 24, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm ET. NPSTC will also hold a full in-person meeting at IWCE on March 31, 2017, 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.
Additional January meeting details available here and additional March meeting details available here.
A summary of currently available January meeting details also shown below:
S&T January 2017 Facebook Town Hall: Applying for S&T Basic and Applied Research Funding
NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Funding Opportunity Webinar
January 09, 2017
NIST PSCR has scheduled two webinars to provide general information and discuss important considerations for the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The webinars have been scheduled for Thursday, January 12 at 11:00 AM ET and Thursday, January 19 at 11:00 AM ET
FCC Daily Digest, December 29, 2016 - Commonwealth of Virginia Order
Upcoming P25 CAP Advisory Panel Meeting Information
December 23, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security Office for Interoperability and Compatibility would like to announce the date (February 1, 2017) and some other logistical information pertaining to the next in-person meeting of the P25 CAP Advisory Panel ...[read more]
S&T Press Release: DHS S&T Calls for Anti-Jamming Technology Submissions
December 20, 2016
Washington D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today released a Request for Information (RFI) for participation in the 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, July 17-22, 2017 ...[read more]
Final TFOPA Reports Now Available on FCC Site
December 16, 2016
The FCC's Task Force on Optimal Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Architecture (Task Force or TFOPA) has been directed to study and report findings and recommendations on structure and architecture in order to determine whether additional consolidation of PSAP infrastructure and architecture improvements would promote greater efficiency of operations, safety of life, and cost containment, while retaining needed integration with local first responder dispatch and support.
FirstNet Weekly Update to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)
January 17, 2017
Week of January 17, 2017 – ISED Canada Visit to FirstNet CTO; Arizona Public Safety Radio System Administrators Forum; Upcoming FirstNet Meeting Participation; PSAC EBWG Monthly Meeting; PSCR NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelorator Program Funding Opportunity Webinar ...[read more]
S&T Snapshot: S&T Releases New Incident Management Planning Tool for First Responders
December 16, 2016
EXD has funded research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to continue development of the Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit (IMPACT), a geospatial tool designed to enhance situational awareness, communication, and collaboration during and for security events ...[read more]
NPSTC Publishes Considerations for the FirstNet Local Agency Information Homepage
PSCR Announces NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program Funding Opportunity
NPSTC Presents Overview of CB Radio Service Using 3.5GHz Band Spectrum Access System
December 07, 2016
On December 7, 2016, NPSTC hosted an educational teleconference session on dynamic spectrum sharing through use of a Spectrum Access System(SAS). Dean Skidmore, an industry consultant knowledgeable about SAS provided an overview of how SAS is being deployed in the 3.5 GHz band. Mr. Skidmore's slides are attached. As a spectrum sharing tool of interest to the FCC and industry, NPSTC's role with this presentation was to provide an educational overview on how SAS works, not to advocate its use in public safety bands.
Australian Government Response to Report on Public Safety Mobile Broadband
November 24, 2016
The Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, and the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, today announced the Australian Government's response to the Productivity Commission's report on public safety mobile broadband (PSMB). The Australian Government requested the Commission undertake a 'first-principles' analysis of the best way to deliver a mobile broadband capability for the state and federal public safety agencies by 2020. The Government's response is informed by state and territory feedback on the report's recommendations.
S&T News Release: DHS S&T Releases Compliance Assessment Bulletins for Public Comment
November 14, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced the release of two (2) Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) draft Compliance Assessment Bulletins (CABs) for a public comment period through December 20, 2016...[read more]
Railroad Police Eligibility for Public Safety Interoperability Channels: IACP Communications and Technology Presentation
November 04, 2016
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) initiated this action to allow railroad police who carry out law enforcement actions to become eligible to use the interoperability channels. The IACP partnered with NPSTC which petitioned the FCC in May 2014. The FCC issued their decision in August 2016 and the Rules become effective October 28, 2016. Railroad police who are empowered to carry out law enforcement functions can use the interoperability/mutual aid channels in the VHF, 220 MHz, UHF, 700 MHz, and 800 MHz bands. For details, view the Railroad Police presentation.
TDoS Attack on PSAPS – Multi-State: NCCIC/NCC
WATCH COMM-ISAC REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
October 26, 2016
Please see the following NCCIC/NCC Watch Request for Information (RFI) 027 for the recent TDoS attack on PSAPs in multiple states ...[read more]
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]
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]
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/.
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 email@example.com with contact information. If you would like to ask questions during meetings for the presenters to answer, you may email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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]
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