CITIG Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Public Safety Grant to Further Work on Cross-Border Interoperability
On November 25, 2013, during the Seventh Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop in Vancouver, CITIG announced it has received a second $100,000 as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc. As part of this latest allocation, CITIG will hold a Canada-US Bi-National Cross Border Workshop that builds on the recommendations put forward during its successful 2012 cross-border work to improve cross‐border operations for responders. The Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety Grants aim to support safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the general public in the United States and Canada. Read the full news release here.
Public Safety Broadband Network Architecture Description
Defence R&D Canada –Centre for Security Science has released a document titled Public Safety Broadband Network Architecture Description. It describes the network architecture for a Canadian public safety broadband communications network expected to operate in the 700 MHz band. It aligns with the governance model as currently endorsed by the senior officials responsible for emergency management in Canada (SOREM), which contains two layers of operational responsibility – a national entity and multiple regional service delivery entities (RSDE). The network architecture is also aligned with the service delivery model whereby the users of the public safety broadband network (PSBN) are clients of the RSDE, while also being owners of the information networks. To download your copy, click here.
CITIG Releases a Status Report on NG9-1-1
On Monday, October, 7, 2013, CITIG released a status report on Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1, an absolute priority for public safety organizations. The concise five-page document provides a high-level overview of the issue, the Canadian context, “active” recommendations and the work of leaders like the Association of Public Communications Officers Canada (APCO) and the Canadian Division of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). This status report primarily focuses on results and recommendations from the NG9-1-1 National Governance and Coordination Workshop held last June. However, the report also lists outstanding items identified in the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) response to a Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) consultation and outreach efforts made through Action NG9-1-1. Get your copy here.
U.S. and Canada Reach Spectrum Sharing Agreements
The U.S. and Canada have reached agreement on three interim sharing arrangements along the U.S.-Canada border:
- Arrangement U – Specialized Mobile Radio Services – 896-901 and 935-940 MHz
- Air-to-Ground Services – Statement of Intent for the Frequency Bands 454.6625-454.9875 MHz and 459.6625-459.9875 MHz
- Arrangement V – Fixed Services – 71-76, 81-86, and 94.1-95 GHz
The text of the News Release is available at: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-322923A1.docx.
Download the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Report on 9-1-1
Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1 is a hot issue, and there is no doubt that the transition to NG 9-1-1 will involve technological, operational, economic and institutional change. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) recently made available the report titled 9-1-1 Services in British Columbia: Background Review in Relation to a Province-Wide Call Answer Levy. Download your copy here or visit www.ubcm.ca for complete details. Also see CITIG’s dedicated Web site on this issue at www.ng9-1-1.ca.
New NG9-1-1 Video Available for Viewing and Download
On August 21, 2013 during a presentation at the 108th Annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Conference in Winnipeg, CITIG unveiled its latest video production that aims to raise awareness about issues surround Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1. The video was made in partnership with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Canada and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Canada. See the video on our Multimedia page or at www.ng9-1-1.ca, our dedicated public-facing page for NG9-1-1 resources. Feel free to download the video and use it to inform other stakeholders. We simply ask that you mention CITIG.
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