NENA Invites Vendors to Participate in ICE

The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) invited vendors to participate in the upcoming next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) interoperability Industry Collaboration Event (ICE). At recent ICE events, participants tested various  components and aspects of the i3 architecture; however, the various aspects were  not tested simultaneously. ICE 6 will focus on comprehensive end-to-end  functionality, interaction between vendor elements (external interfaces) and interoperability testing.

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Interested participants should respond by March 3. The ICE team will plan conference calls March 7 for an anticipated fall 2014 event. Provide all comments and responses to Brian Knueppel at and Delaine Arnold at or contact Knueppel at 908-783-4484.

How Florida’s Region 5 Domestic Security Task Force Achieves Interoperability

How Region 5 Domestic Security Task Force Achieves Communications and Interoperability:  At NPSTC’s January meeting in Orlando, FL, Greg Holcomb, Lake County Communications Manager, discussed the region’s interoperability initiatives, which coordinate with state and federal initiatives.  Region 5 comprises 9 counties in central Florida, covering a 200 mile area, with a cross section of potential critical infrastructure such as Kennedy Space Center, the National Veterans’ Hospital, University of Central Florida, Disney World, Daytona Speedway, Deep water ports, the beaches, much rural and farmland areas as well as swamps, rivers, Ocala National Forest, Pinecastle Naval Bombing Range, international airport, and a nuclear power plant.   How do they manage all this?  FL Domestic Task Force Map 2014 0226 cr

The region has seven core Motorola P25 700/800 trunked solutions in several counties and municipal areas.  Three County areas use EDACS [Enhanced Digital Access Communication System] and they tie the systems via a Harris and Motorola Inter-Sub-System-Interface (ISSI) solutions.  Using a dedicated talk group, they can switch directly to a neighboring channel, enhancing interagency communications. They have interoperability zones from county to county.  The statewide network runs through MotoBridge, connecting the PSAPS in each county, and allowing them to patch disparate systems during on the fly emergencies.  Under Mr. Sorley, through a COPS grant, they put in The National Mutual Aid 800 MHz mutual aid repeaters 8Call90 thru 8TAC94 across the region, which was so successful the state adopted their process.  They also put in a statewide 800 MHz Florida Mutual Aid channel and have a statewide UHF medical channel. Continue reading

Outfitting LED Light Poles with Small Cells

Outfitting LED Light Poles with Small Cells:  There are many advantages to migrating from the traditional mercury vapor street lamps to LED lamps for our cities. The primary one is it would be possible to dim or reduce the lighting level when there is less need resulting in saving the city money in operating costs. The second and third reasons are the ability to use the new generation as points for cellular service (think FirstNet) and possible backhaul (think 4.9 mesh networks).  While we normally don’t get involved in infrastructure planning and certainly not street lighting, this is something to keep in mind when planning a deployment.  Bill Brownlow, AAHSTO.  To read more, Ericsson, Philips to outfit LED light poles with small cells

Terry Hall Voted as NPSTC Second Vice Chair, NPSTC Outreach News Feb. 21, 2014

HallCongratulations to NPSTC’s Newest Vice Chair, Terry Hall.  Unanimously voted in at our meeting in Orlando, Terry Hall is currently the Immediate Past President of APCO International and the Chief of Emergency Communications for the York-Poquoson-Williamsburg Emergency Communications Center located in historic Yorktown, Virginia.  Mr. Hall manages the regional 911 center and is the technical systems manager for the regional state-of-the-art Project 25 radio system that encompasses six localities covering approximately 1,000 square miles. York was the first 911 Center in Virginia, and second in North America, to develop and deploy wireless location technology, and provided the model for systems that are now being implemented and used throughout the United States.  The emergency communications center recently deployed the first office application for a large wireless carrier in text to 911. They are currently in the process of deploying a Next Generation 911 i3 solution.  He has won numerous national association awards and recognitions for his Communications Center.  Learn more here:

Non P25  Digital Technology Hurts Interoperability, a Mission Critical Article by NPSTC Interoperability Chair,2-19Powell John Powell. “Close examination shows that interoperability is broken into three areas as defined by the five lanes of the Safecom Interoperability Continuum: governance, standard operating procedures, training and exercises, usage and technology. Technology is last because for proper implementation, its selection must be carefully done only after governance is established and operational decisions, including interoperability, are made with regard to how that technology will be implemented and used. Technology’s purpose is to support an operation, not drive it. Read more:

OverbyNPSTC’s Spectrum Management Vice Chair Appointed to PSCA Board:  Public Safety Coordination Associates has announced the appointment of Stu Overby, recently retired senior director-spectrum strategy at Motorola Solutions, to the company’s board of directors.  PSCA is managed by the Forestry Conservation Communications Association and the International Municipal Signal Association.

Follow the discussion on the NPSTC blog and/or Participant Listserv:  Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced they will require automobile manufacturers to include devices in all newly manufactured light vehicles allowing the vehicles to communicate with each other. While this came as an announcement of “new” technology, the planning and testing has gone on for many years. Enclosed are links to a series of archived webinars on the technology and some of its applications. Emergency responders can look forward to many benefits from this technology being installed in vehicles and the installation of roadside devices allowing the vehicles to communicate to the infrastructure. Many of the things discussed in these webinars are not just concepts but proven technologies supported by many different test beds and test deployments. It is estimated this technology will reduce the number of unimpaired driver accidents by 80%.

NPSTC Regulatory Update February 2014

newsheaderArticles provided by Bette Rinehart, NPSTC Editorial Task Group Chair


Regulatory News

  • Signal Booster Registration Database Available
  • Office of  Engineering and Technology Seeks to Augment the Incentive Auction Proceeding by Seeking Comment on Proposed Methodology to Predict Interference between Broadcast and Wireless Services
  • Comment Sought on Draft Program Comment for Positive Train Control Stations to Comply with Historic Preservation Act

800 MHz News

  • FCC Response to EWA Request for Clarification of Process for Coordination of PS entities Seeking I/B pool frequencies

Regulatory News

Signal Booster Registration Database Available:  All existing Part 90 Class B signal boosters must be registered in the FCC’s Signal Booster Database by November 1, 2014.  After that date, Class B signal boosters must be registered prior to operation.  The FCC has announced the availability of the database to be used by licensees to register their Class B signal boosters and provided a short set of instructions.  The registration database is available at:

Each Class B signal booster must be registered separately.  Licensees must sign on to the database using their FRN and password.  On the Signal Booster Information page, licensees can then enter either the coordinates or the street address of the signal booster site.  A map will appear allowing the licensee to verify that the address/coordinates are correct.  The frequencies within the operating range of the signal booster must be selected from a drop down list and at least one call sign must be associated with the signal booster.  The licensee’s name and address must be provided as well as contact information (if different from the licensee name).  The registration must be signed by providing signatory name and title and then submitted to the FCC.  The system will generate a confirmation and a booster ID number which can be printed for the licensee’s station records.

The signal booster database is searchable by call sign, county, state, city, zip code, booster ID number or filer’s name.  To make identifying the source of possible interference easier, a licensee should identify every call sign associated with a signal booster. The text of the Public Notice is available at:

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NPSTC Outreach News February 17, 2014

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The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) periodically publishes news of interest, including releases from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and links to articles from various trade publications.

IAEM To Host Navigating the New Normal, November 14-19, San Antonio, TX:  The International Association ofIAEM_Conference_Flyer_140216 Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has more than 5,000 members worldwide, is the preeminent international non-profit organization of emergency management professionals. IAEM is dedicated to promoting the “Principles of Emergency Management” and representing professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.  The Call for Speakers ends next Friday the 21st. Register Here:

And in March!  See you at IWCE.  Join NPSTC for an update on multiple hot topics in the field of public safety communications, including FirstNet broadband requirements.  Public Safety Communications Stakeholder Meeting will be held Friday, March 28, 2014, Open Meeting, 8:30 am – 1:00pm; Executive Session, 1:00 – 5:30 pm, Room S225, This event is FREE.  Register here Continue reading

More DSCR Discussion

On 2/16/2014 11:47 PM, Mahon, Tom (DNR) wrote:    Peter Moncure responds…..

I can see benefits and serious hazards to this  technology.   Could the same technology be used to disable a  vehicle being pursued  by police? (Or, would smart crook would find a way to  disable the device.)

Yes. Or they could disable any vehicle they feel like, at  any time. They  are already using license plate recognition on every car   they get behind. It then keeps a record of everything associated with that plate.   The question of disabling a vehicle, or for that matter, performing  any action other than informational to the driver, is not yet firmly  decided.  Applying brakes for an invisible-to-the-driver hazard in  the roadway is probably the biggest safety benefit, but the degree  to which it will be optional or will be able to be overridden by the    driver is not yet known.  That would apply to both car-to-car and   car-to-roadside.

Could it be used to monitor someone’s travel route  and time?  (Wouldn’t a search warrant normally be required?)

Yes and yes. But of course, there are lots of things that  require a  warrant that have been bypassed by federal agencies. You  know, like cellphone records, etc…  For car-to-car, well no, at least, no more than would be possible by  actually following the desired car with a squad unit.  After all,   the “SR” in DSRC is “short range” and for a car unit it’s probably  less than 1000 feet.     For car-to-roadside, the answer is much more complicated, and    depends on the privacy and liability answers Tom raises, as well as  the density of installed roadside units which will be far from  ubiquitous on most roads

Could a stalker or angry ex-spouse use the technology  to pursue their  victim? (Who would be liable for the unintended  consequences?   Wrongful death? Domestic Violence?)
Yes, and likely no one.  This is really a variation of the question above, and has the same answer.

What’s to stop someone from hacking the system and  causing havoc on  the highway by sending out false messages to other   vehicles? ? (The
jerks that get their kicks writing a computer virus  will have fun with this stuff.)

Not much, if anything.    For car-to-car systems, a hacker would require access to the car to hack its input or output.  He could set up a “fake car” message and  send it locally, but this would be risky for him as it could eventually be tracked.  Radio hackers imitating police calls are    perhaps similar, and not too prevalent.  Like many foolish and dangerous behaviors, this one would no doubt be tried and found  guilty.  (ok ok bad pun)

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More DSCR Auto Discussion

From: To: “” <> Cc: “” <> Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:11:13 -1000 Subject: Re: [NPSTC-PARTICIPANTS] RE: New T3 Webinar Archives-CVRIA Webinar Series & Open Data

Great discussion and identification of issues. I’d like to comment further, just have not yet been able to finish, so I will send more.  I have long been concerned that we get excited about the technologies and forget we have laws w/i we must work, it’s true that technologies are moving faster than the law, but we must still consider implications.  As a lawyer working with this effort in a non-legal role, wrk I do involves consideration of all the issues.  So glad to be a part of this group! Victoria

More on DSCR Auto Technology

From: Jim <> To: Cc:  Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:43:34 -0500 Subject: Re: [NPSTC-PARTICIPANTS] RE: New T3 Webinar Archives-CVRIA Webinar Series & Open Data On 2/16/2014 11:47 PM, Mahon, Tom (DNR) wrote:

I can see benefits and serious hazards to this technology.
Could the same technology be used to disable a vehicle being pursued by police?  (Or, would smart crook would find a way to disable the device.)

Yes. Or they could disable any vehicle they feel like, at any time. They are already using license plate recognition on every car they get behind. It then keeps a record of everything associated with that plate.

Could it be used to monitor someone’s travel route and time? (Wouldn’t a search warrant normally be required?)

Yes and yes. But of course, there are lots of things that require a warrant that have been bypassed by federal agencies. You know, like cell phone records, etc…

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Unintended Consequences of DSCR Auto Technology? Discussion

Could the same technology be used to disable a vehicle being pursued by police?  (Or, would smart crook would find a way to disable the device.)

Could it be used to monitor someone’s travel route and time?  (Wouldn’t a search warrant normally be required?)

Could a stalker or angry ex-spouse use the technology to pursue their victim?  (Who would be liable for the unintended consequences?  Wrongful death?  Domestic Violence?)

What’s to stop someone from hacking the system and causing havoc on the highway by sending out false messages to other vehicles?  (The jerks that get their kicks writing a computer virus will have fun with this stuff.) Continue reading