Get Ready for CAUSE IV
In late April, the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE) IV experiment will take place between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario. The Blue Water Bridge, the second busiest crossing between the U.S. and Canada, will serve as the primary site of the emergency scenario. The experiment will consist of two crucial vignettes. The first part will test the interoperability of paramedic and health services by fielding cross-border broadband and wireless networks that examine voice communications, electrocardiogram tracing, live video, patient records and overall situational awareness (such as vehicle tracking) over the course of the emergency scenario. The second part of the experiment will pilot a binational capability to automate and link models that currently operate independently for alerts, situational awareness, citizen engagement and mutual aid planning efforts. These benchmarks will be part of an integrated and semi-automated process and capability enabling emergency managers to more precisely and efficiently work together.
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CITIG and NPSTC Release Document to Explain Portable and Mobile Radio Use at the International Border with Canada
When are you allowed to use your radio? First responders require constant access to mission critical voice and data communications and utilize their mobile and portable radios to communicate with the dispatch center and with other public safety personnel. The need for immediate voice and data access does not stop at the U.S. border with Canada.
On November 10, the joint CITIG-NPSTC Cross Border Working Group released a Cross Border Outreach document that explains recent regulatory changes in simple, concrete terms and provides website addresses for further information. Download your copy here.
Australia Releases Draft Report on Public Safety Mobile Broadband
On September 23, 2015, the Australian Government released a draft report that looks at the best way to deliver a Public Safety Mobile Broadband (PSMB) capability for emergency services that is reliable, interoperable and works across Australia. Written responses to the report are being accepted until October, 28, 2015, and the final report will be released in December 2015. For full details and a copy of the Report, visit http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/public-safety-mobile-broadband/draft#key-points.
MASAS is now administered by CanOps
Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) has contracted the Canadian Public Safety Operations Organization (CanOps) to provide governance administration, business operations, communications and outreach, and user technical help for the national Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS). CanOps is a national not-for-profit corporation that was established in the fall of 2014 at the request of the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFMFC). CanOps aims to provide the public safety community with operational capabilities that facilitate public safety achievements. For more information about MASAS, please visit www.MASAS.ca. For more information about CanOps, visit www.CanOps.org, or email info@CanOps.org.
Priority and Quality of Service for Public Safety in the NPSBN
On August 19, 2015, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) presented a 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.
The report captures key needs that will allow LTE technology to complement the existing public safety workflow and not detract responders from their mission. Download your copy here.
NPSTC Radio Programming Capability Requirements (PCR) Announces Critical Programming Tool
Of great interest to anyone who programs P25 Land Mobile Radios, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Radio PCR Working Group has completed a radio Programming and Management tool (PAM). This tool uses an Excel spreadsheet to capture specific P25 radio programming data fields. Radio programming is very complex with many data fields that assign frequencies, IDs, features, and options. A slight error during the programming process will prohibit the radio from accessing a trunking system or conventional channel when the radio is used. This issue impacts public safety agencies using radio equipment from multiple vendors. It also creates a huge safety issue at the scene of a major incident when large quantities of radios need to be programmed for mutual aid use. To read the full report and download the tool visit NPSTC's Web site at these links:
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