Get Yourself to CITIG 9!
Join us for Canada’s premiere communications interoperability event from November 29 to December 2, 2015 in Toronto. The Ninth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, widely known as CITIG Nine, will again break new ground on key voice and data interoperability issues facing today’s public safety sector.
Want to attend? This event sells out consistently, so secure your spot today! Want to be an exhibitor or sponsor? Download the Contribution & Exhibit Package. In either case, do it early — all past workshops have sold out! Full details on our Event Page.
UAS Workshop Fast Approaching
CITIG along with Unmanned Systems Canada, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina are cohosting Canada’s first ever National Public Safety and Emergency Management Operational Unmanned Air Systems Workshop. The Workshop will be held at the University of Regina on Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11, 2015. Organizers are holding a Technology Demonstration Day on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. For details, see our event listing or visit https://www.unmannedsystems.ca/content.php?doc=261.
DHS S&T Announces Winners of Innovation Prize Competition
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate today announced the winners of S&T’s first innovation prize competition: The Vreeland Institute, Inc., of Copake, N.Y., and Certa Cito, LLC, of Rochester, N.Y. The competition, “Indoor Tracking of the Next Generation First Responders” focused on the challenge of keeping track of first responders when they are inside buildings, tunnels and other structures. Read the full S&T Press Release.
Underwriters Laboratories Seeking Input on Video
Underwriters Laboratories Seeks PS Input on Performance Standard for Video Systems Used by Public Safety. At the request of the public safety community, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has begun development of a performance standard for tactical (e.g., hand-deployed, covert placement, robot-mounted) and operational (e.g., body-worn) video camera systems. UL is seeking input from end users to determine needs and requirements: who uses which systems, when and how they are typically used, and what features are used. UL would appreciate your completing a questionnaire using the link below by June 30: www.surveymonkey.com/s/tacticalcamera.
Tri-Services Applaud Federal Budget Announcement on Broadband Spectrum and Funding
On April 21, the Government of Canada announced that a full 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum will be designated for public safety broadband use, and that $3 million will be provided to take initial steps to establish a Public Safety Broadband Network for responders and public safety partners (see full announcement here). In response, the tri-services chiefs associations issued a joint media release expressing their appreciation. CITIG would like to thank all who made this announcement possible.
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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