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Australian Report Provides Roadmap for Public Safety Broadband Data

In October 2014, the State of Victoria in Australia launched its Long Term Emergency Management Communications Plan (LTEMCP) to guide investment to 2025. The aims of the Plan are to:

  • Establish initial broadband network leveraging public and private assets
  • Consolidation of existing networks to single voice and narrowband data network
  • The state-wide broadband data footprint will meet public safety grade standards.
  • Paging services transitioned onto the broadband or narrowband data networks.

A copy of the Plan can be found at the following link. This document is one of the first that sets a Roadmap clearly showing the separation of mission critical narrow band voice (P25) from broadband data well past 2020.

CAUSE III Live Web Sessions

From November 18 to 25, Defence Research and Development Canada’s  Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) will be co-leading in the third Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE III). CAUSE III is the third in a series of Canada / U.S. experiments aimed at demonstrating how new technologies can enable Canadian and U.S. emergency responders to exchange situational awareness information as an incident unfolds.

This year’s experiment will consist of two scenarios. The first scenario, which will take place from November 18-20 in Halifax, will examine the use of social media in emergency management.  The second scenario, which will take place November 24-25 near the U.S. border in both Saskatchewan and Alberta, aims to explore how emerging next-generation mobile communications tools and infrastructure can be temporarily deployed in areas with limited or no access to telecommunications infrastructure. 

A series of live web sessions will take place throughout the experiment. If you would like to participate in one or more of these sessions, please visit the CAUSE III Web site in order to register and receive instructions on how to participate.

Proceeding Report Released for CITIG’s Canada-U.S. Bi-National Cross Border Interoperability Workshop

The Summary Report is now available for the Canada-U.S. Bi-National Cross-Border Interoperability Workshop that occurred in Windsor, Ontario from October 20 to 22, 2014. CITIG would like to thank all those who contributed to make the Workshop a success. The draft Report contains an overview of the presentations and discussions held during the event. It highlights the key messages, recommendations and conclusions arising from the Workshop and is intended to serve as a reference and working document for workshop participants. Download your copy X-Border Report.

Coming soon: the so-called White Paper on Cross Border Interoperability produced by Bi-National Cross Border Communications Working Group struck by CITIG and NPSTC.

CITIG 8 Agenda Released!

The preliminary agenda is out for the Eighth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, widely known as CITIG Eight, that occurs from November 30 to December 3, 2014 in Ottawa. This year will feature:

  • RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, O.O.M., talking about communications challenges during the tragedy in Moncton, NB
  • Deputy Minister of Community Safety Matt Torigian, O.O.M., on interoperability in Ontario
  • Updates and special guest speakers on key issues such as Next Generation 9-1-1, public safety broadband and cross-border interoperability

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

Smart Firefighting Workshop Summary Report

Download your copy of the Smart Firefighting Workshop Summary Report that summarizes the results of the Smart Firefighting Workshop held on March 24 and 25, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia and sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Workshop provided a forum to help identify and understand the R&D needs for implementation of smart firefighting, highlighting use of existing technologies, development and deployment of emerging technologies including cyber-physical systems (CPS), and use of standards for data collection, exchange, and situational awareness tools. The workshop brought together experts from various industry, educational, and governmental organizations involved in the cyber physical systems and firefighting areas. 

Public Safety & Industry Volunteers Needed: CITIG & NPSTC Announce New Bi-National Cross Border Communications Working Group

CITIG and NPSTC are seeking volunteers to serve on a new working group to study cross border voice and data communications between the U.S. and Canada.

This Working Group will provide input and peer review on a comprehensive report that will detail the current state of cross border interoperability, including:

  • Overview of current state of cross border interoperability in the U.S. and Canada
  • A review of the current and forward looking regulatory environment
  • A statement regarding problems and barriers to voice and data interoperability
  • An overview of existing cross border interoperability projects
  • A list of best practices for technology, policy and operations
  • Initial recommendations based on the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum lanes

NPSTC and CITIG have spent the last year collecting a large amount of information and reports which will form the basis for this document.

  • The Working Group needs input from volunteers in these specific areas:
  • Canadian and U.S. first responders who work along the border
  • Federal, State/Provincial, Tribal and local agency representatives
  • Operational, Technical and Policy level representatives
  • Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue and EMS/Paramedics representatives

The Working Group will meet by teleconference every two weeks with a goal of having a draft report ready for presentation at CITIG’s Canada-U.S. Bi-National Cross Border Interoperability Workshop scheduled for October 20-22, 2014 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

If you are interested in participating in this Working Group, please sign up using the NPSTC Volunteer Registration Form at http://npstc.org/joinToParticipate.jsp.

This group will begin meeting by teleconference in August. Please sign up by Friday, August 8th to receive the meeting notices and background materials.

CITIG 8: Registration Open, Exhibiting/Sponsoring Opportunities Available and More!

CITIG 8Join us for Canada’s premiere communications interoperability event from November 30 to December 3, 2014 in Ottawa. The Eighth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, widely known as CITIG Eight, will again break new ground on key voice and data interoperability issues facing today’s public safety sector. The focus on information exchange, topic-specific discussion and interactive break-outs aims to support and promote the transfer of best practices and experience, and the development of a more unified approach to public safety interoperability across the country, between nations and internationally.

Want to attend? This event sells out consistently, so secure your spot today! Want to be an exhibitor or sponsor? Download the recently released Contribution & Exhibit Package. In either case, do it early -- all past workshops have sold out!

Full details on our event page.

New AEA Mobile App

On May 4, Alberta launched the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile application. This is a big step forward for emergency alerting in Alberta and even across Canada. It helps people be aware of events in their area on their smart phone. You can access the link for the alerting mobile application along with a list of FAQs at http://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/content/about/signup.html.

The app has the following features:

  • allows alerts to be delivered based on current location ("where you are");
  • receive alerts for preselected areas ("where loved ones may be located");
  • allow the user to change the alert tone for informational alerts; and
  • links to the AEMA emergency preparedness website with details of the 72 hour Emergency kit.

The Android version is now available for downloading. The iOS platform (Apple) is under development and will be released as it becomes available in the near future.  

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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