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Webinar on Utilities and Canada's 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network

UTC Canada is hosting a free webinar to address the 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network (700 MHz PSBN) and opportunities for utilities to partner with public safety and share the network. The webinar will describe the latest developments in Canada as well as the United States regarding the 700 MHz PSBN. It will explain the issues, and discuss possible next steps for utilities. UTC Canada is engaging with the public safety community to develop technical and business solutions for sharing the network. This webinar will describe UTC Canada's public policy and public safety efforts around this issue, and features CITIG Chair Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Michael Sullivan. To register, visit this link.

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:

Agenda Released for Workshop on Transformational Strategies and Best Practices to Improve Police Operations

In 2013, the Toronto Police Service and Microsoft Canada teamed together to deliver a conference on IT Strategies and Best Practices to improve Police Operations. The IT Conference for Police, Justice and Public Safety Providers was a great success with over 240 delegates attending. The follow-up event managed in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police occurs at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre from May 12 to 14, 2014. This workshop will be of great interest to all public safety providers, government agencies and Industry. Visit this link for complete details including the recently released agenda.

E-Comm Announces Text with 9-1-1 Service is now Available -- OPP and TPS State Intentions

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) directive to begin transmitting Text with 9-1-1 calls as of March 18, 2014 has prompted action by several agencies.

E-Comm (the 9-1-1 answer point serving Metro Vancouver and other parts of southwest British Columbia) launched Canada’s first Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) service for members of the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Speech Impaired (DHHSI) community, in conjunction with its emergency-service partners. Text with 9-1-1 service is now available to people who are hearing or speech impaired in Metro Vancouver and select surrounding area. See press release

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) announced in a press release that effective March 18, members of the DHHSI community will be able to register their cell phones with their wireless service providers in preparation for texting with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1). However, the TPS cautioned that voice-calling remains the only way to communicate with 9-1-1 services for a person who is not deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or with speech impairment. 

On March 14, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) issued a letter calling on the CRTC to either reverses the decision or discourages the practice of sending Text with 9-1-1 calls on legacy 9-1-1 networks, citing OPP and many PSAPs across Canada are not ready.

The CRTC also made an announcement noting that Text with 9-1-1 service will become available in other parts of the country as regional emergency call centres implement this new feature. For more information and to register, Canadians are encouraged to visit www.textwith911.ca where they can find direct links for the service with their wireless service provider. Responders are encouraged to check with Tri-Service leaders in their jurisdiction for timelines in their area.

Many more announcements are expected to follow.

CATA Mobile Health Roundtable

On April 29 in Ottawa, CATAAlliance and partners (including support from CITIG) will be hosting the Mobile Health Roundtable, a one-day event designed in part to identify barriers, obstacles, opportunities and enablers impacting the use of mobile technology in the delivery of health care. This is a great opportunity for our paramedic colleagues to get a glimpse at the future of mobile health, broadly defined as the practice of medicine, inclusive of health, wellness and care, supported by mobile devices. For full details, please visit http://www.cata.ca/Communities/MHAB/events/

The Future of Law Enforcement Information Management

The World Innovation Conference ‘The Future of Law Enforcement Information Management’ is taking place from June 10 to 12, 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. If you have not signed in yet to attend this new initiative, please do not hesitate to visit the Web site at www.wicleim2014.com and register now!

The World Innovation Conference ‘The Future of Law Enforcement Information Management’ is the innovation platform where questions regarding innovations will be inventoried and formulated to national, European and global level. This will result in a bottom-up view of the required changes to ensure that the Law Enforcement domain continues to keep pace with a changing society. If you want to contribute to the development of international collaborations, register now at www.wicleim2014.com.

Dates and Venue Set for CITIG 8!

The date has been set for the Eight National Public Safety Interoperability Workshop. We hope you can join us from November 30 to December 3, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier as we continue to host the nation’s premier interoperability-related event. Save the date – registration and complete details to be released soon.

11th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium

The 11th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium takes place Wednesday October 22 to Friday October 24, 2014 at the Eaton Chelsea in downtown Toronto. With the theme "Must Today’s Risk Be Tomorrow’s Disaster," the conference will enhance the understanding of, and providing tools for, the development of comprehensive programs to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of disasters - natural, technological or human-induced.

CRHNet is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 2003 in response to a growing demand to promote and strengthen disaster risk reduction and emergency management in Canada. CRHNet creates an environment in which the hazards research, education and emergency management practitioner communities can effectively share knowledge and innovative approaches that reduce disaster vulnerability.

Partnership/Sponsorship opportunities at the 11th annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium are now available. Visit http://www.crhnet.ca/symposium-2014 for full details.

The 2014 Paramedic Chiefs of Canada National Conference Web Site is now Live!

Save the date, and start making plans to join the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada in the heart of vibrant downtown Vancouver. The British Columbia Ambulance Service will host the 2014 National Conference, which takes place from June 11 to 13, 2014.

The Conference aims to stage for the future direction of EMS systems in Canada. With the theme of "Inspiring Leadership Coast to Coast" participants will enjoy sessions focused on creating systematic improvement, ensuring quality in operations, and generating opportunities to become increasingly relevant and impactful in providing our mobilized health care services.

Registration is now open and attendees are able to reserve their guest rooms at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Early bird registration closes April 30 (midnight Pacific), so take advantage of the special rate and register now online. Visit the conference Web site at www.paramedicchiefsconference.com and sign up to receive Conference notifications.

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. 

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Event Calendar

CATA Webinar: A CITIG Status Report Webinar
Thursday, April 24, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mobile Health Roundtable Adobe Systems Canada
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
All Day
UTC Canada: Utilities and Canada's 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network Webinar
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Workshop on Transformational Strategies and Best Practices to Improve Police Operations Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre
Monday, May 12, 2014 - Wednesday, May 14, 2014
All Day
APCO Canada Emerging Technology Forum Toronto Airport Sheraton
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
All Day
The World Innovation Conference with Expo (WICLEIM2014) Amsterdam ArenA
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - Thursday, June 12, 2014
All Day
Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Annual Conference The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Friday, June 13, 2014
All Day
109th CACP Annual Conference Fairmont Empress Hotel
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
All Day
Fire-Rescue Canada 2014 TBC
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Thursday, September 18, 2014
All Day
11th Annual Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014
All Day
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