Speakers Announced for CITIG 9
The Ninth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, widely known as CITIG Nine, is around the corner, and our full agenda is nearly ready for broad distribution. We are compiling a great line-up and can confirm the following speakers:
- Retired OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis, C.O.M. speaking about leadership in complex times
- FirstNet’s TJ Kennedy on the public safety broadband efforts in the U.S.
- Assistant Deputy Minister Stephen Beckett on interoperability in Ontario
- 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 and cross-border interoperability
Our flagship event occurs from November 29 to December 2, 2014 in Toronto. Limited exhibit spaces and sponsorship opportunities are still available. This event will sell out, so don't miss out. Visit our event page.
Have Your Say on NG 9-1-1
Canada’s 9-1-1 system will undergo significant changes over the next few years as it evolves beyond traditional voice 9-1-1 networks that have been in place for decades. These advancements are referred to as Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1. We need your input to get a sense of current status with NG 9-1-1 across Canada, and obtain possible future vision for how NG 9-1-1 can roll out.
Help us help your jurisdiction by completing a short survey (about 15 minutes to complete). This survey was developed by the Canadian NG 9-1-1 Coalition. The Coalition is comprised of 9-1-1 experts and representatives at the provincial, territorial and municipal level across Canada.
To complete the survey, please click on one of the links below:
The deadline to complete the survey is September 15, 2015.
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:
This site is administered by volunteers committed to advancing public safety communications interoperability
and kindly hosted by the York Regional Police Service.