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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.

Get Yourself to CITIG 9

Plans are in full swing to present the best workshop yet! We have secured a great list of speakers for the Ninth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, widely known as CITIG Nine from November 29 to December 2, 2014 in Toronto, and our full agenda is in circulation. The event will sell out so the time is now to finalize your plans. Of note:

  • The discounted room rate at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel is being held until November 2, 2015 (prices are not guaranteed after this date)
  • Air Canada is offering a 10% discount on Flex fares or higher for delegates travelling to this event.  To take advantage of this discount please book your flight at aircanada.com and enter the Promotion Code TTPBKTU1 in the search panel.
  • The nomination deadline for the 2015 CITIG National Awards for Public Safety Interoperability to be presented at the Ninth Annual Workshop is November 14, 2015. Visit http://www.citig.ca/award.aspx for complete details, including the easy- and quick-to-complete on-line form to nominate a “difference-maker” today.
  • Our popular SNAPSHOT Session is back. Are you keen to participate? It’s easy. Simply visit citig.ca/snapshot.aspx to download the SNAPSHOT template and submit your name on line to be considered.

Limited exhibit spaces and sponsorship opportunities are still available. This event will sell out, so don't miss out. Visit our event page at www.citig.ca

Last Chance to Register for the APCO Canada & NENA 2015 Conference

CITIG is proud to be involved in the APCO Canada & NENA 2015 Conference in Niagara Falls, from November 2 to 5, 2015. This “must attend” event has a stellar line-ups of speakers and sessions. Visit http://www.apco.ca/conferences_e.html for details. Register today and use the promo code LAST-CHANCE to save $100!

International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation

As announced at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago from October 24 to 26, 2015, international partners (including the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Science) established the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation. As the International Forum grows, it will serve as a forum to discuss shared first responder capability gaps, provide a platform for collaboration on R&D initiatives and solutions, characterize global first responder markets, and educate first responders about available technology. A clearly defined list of common capability gaps, along with a true understanding of the global market will provide the international first responder community a greater voice and will help motivate industry to create advanced technologies for first responders and deliver them at afford-able prices. Visit the Web site and download a fact sheet at http://www.dhs.gov/publication/international-forum-advance-first-responder-innovation.

Draft Agenda Released for CITIG 9

The Ninth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, widely known as CITIG Nine, is around the corner (from November 29 to December 2, 2014 in Toronto), and our full agenda is now available for broad distribution. Download it here. Speakers include:

  • Retired OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis, C.O.M. speaking about leadership in complex times
  • FirstNet’s TJ Kennedy on Linking Nations: FirstNet and the Canadian Public Safety Broadband Network
  • Assistant Deputy Minister Stephen Beckett on interoperability in Ontario
  • NENA’s Trey Forgety and NPSTC’s Barry Luke talking about what the future may hold for NG9-1-1 and Public Safety Broadband
  • From Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Jon Barr and Steve Stein will explore the First Responder of the Future
  • A case study look at the “Ottawa Shootings” and “Saskatchewan Wild Fire Response”
  • Updates and special guest speakers on key issues such as Next Generation 9-1-1, public safety broadband, cross-border interoperability, body-worn video, remotely piloted air systems and mobile public alerting
  • And a few more surprises to come!

A special thank you to Axon Public Safety Canada who join Motorola and Harris as platinum sponsors of our flagship event. Limited exhibit spaces and sponsorship opportunities are still available. This event will sell out, so don't miss out! 

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

Industry Canada Releases Bulletin on Interoperability Channels Available along U.S./Canadian Border

One of the tasks defined under the Communications Interoperability Action Plan for Canada is the identification of cross-border interoperability channels that are available nationwide and along the Canada-US border. Industry Canada was designated as the coordinator for this task. Throughout the years, Industry Canada has identified interoperability channels in various frequency bands. This technical bulletin provides a detailed list of the interoperability channels identified in the bands 220 MHz, 700 MHz, and 800 MHz. These interoperability channels can be used nationwide in Canada and, where specified, for Canada-US interoperability operations. Download your copy here.

Cross Border White Paper Report Released

CITIG and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) are pleased to announce the publication of their Cross Border Communications Report:  Barriers, Opportunities, and Solutions for Border Area Emergency Responders, a comprehensive study of cross border public safety communications at the local first responder level. The report is designed to clarify legal and regulatory policies, identify best practices and examples of interoperability excellence, and advance specific recommendations to enhance public safety communications at the national border.

See CITIG’s new Cross Border page to download the report, join the cross border working group and access a variety of documents.

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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Event Calendar

The Ninth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop (CITIG 9) Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - Wednesday, December 02, 2015
5:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Mission-Critical Communications Summit Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - Thursday, February 18, 2016
All Day
The CACP Information & Communications Technology Workshop The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Sunday, February 21, 2016
All Day
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