New Auto Technology Will Allow Vehicles to Communicate with Each Other

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%.

 Just one type of the incidents that will be greatly reduced is the multi-vehicle crashes on our highways when driving in reduced visibility. It won’t necessarily force those driving too fast to slow down, but it will warn them of stopped traffic ahead before they can even begin to see it and that WILL save lives and protect those having to respond to those incidents.

William (Bill) Brownlow, Telecommunications Manager, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

March is on the way; visit NPSTC at IWCE

SAVE the Dates:  The National Public Safety Telecommunication Council (NPSTC) will be participating in the IWCE Stakeholders Forum in Las Vegas, NV, following the IWCE Conference. Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.

IWCE Stakeholders Forum:  Friday, March 28, 2014, Open meeting 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, Executive Session 1:00 – 5:00 pm,  Room S225  Register here.

NPSTC Booth: 9075, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, and Thursday, March 27, 2014,  10:00 am – 5:00 pm,

NPSTC Panel Presents Current Public Safety Issues:  Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm, Room W07

Location:  Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Halls 1-3, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Radio Club Members:  You are Invited to Attend the RCA Breakfast Meeting at IWCE

DATE: Thursday, March 27, 2014 TIME: 7:30am – 9:00am

LOCATION: LV Hotel & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV – Ballroom E-F

COST: $15 per person in advance; $20 per person at the door

Speaker: Carole Perry WB2MGP Plus Presentation of the IWCE Scholarship to Padraig Lysandrou.  Carole Perry is the winner of many national awards, including the prestigious 1987 Dayton Ham of The Year. Her work with bringing young students into technology programs has been recognized by every major amateur radio organization. An RCA Fellow and Director, she is also the Chairperson of the RCA Youth Activities Committee. In this capacity she visits middle and high schools across the country to duplicate the “Introduction to Amateur Radio” program she taught for 30 years in a NYC middle school.  For more information call 973-283-0626 or email

Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate February 7, 2014

The news for the week is below. Not much coming from FirstNet but they are hard at work. The first article is a blog post written by FCC Chairman Wheeler which is worth reading.

Have a great week-end!


Access and Public Safety: Enduring Elements of the Public … – via Google Alerts
Jan 31 22:56 Federal Communications Commission …

Dead Air, Garbled Transmissions Trouble Washington TroopersOPB News via Google Alerts
Feb  4 08:58 The term is narrowbanding. Going digital was supposed to ensure that when the frequencies got divided, the quality didn’t degrade. It hasn’t quite

FCC Public Notice Addresses TV/Wireless Broadband Spectrum …TV Technology via Google Alerts
Feb  3 14:56 The FCC seems intent on squeezing every last bit of spectrum from UHF broadcasters, even if it means adopting different wireless band plans in Continue reading

Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate February 1, 2014

The news is light this week again. One item that did not show up in the news scans this week was my Public Safety Advocate article entitled “Why the Rush to Voice over LTE” I have received more positive comments on this article than I have ever received. It appears as if my comments and thoughts are shared by many within the First Responder community. Thanks to all who took the time to send me comments. The article can be found here:

Have a great week-end.


Case Study: Michigan Public Safety Communications Stystem … via Google Alerts
Jan 31 07:55 Submitted by the APCO Broadband Committee …

FCC moves toward IP transition of phone networksPC Advisor via Google Alerts
Jan 30 21:55 Mobile broadband providers see the TV band as some of the best spectrum for delivering long-range, high-speed mobile service. Grant Gross covers

Access and Public Safety: Enduring Elements of the Public … – via Google Alerts
Jan 31 22:56 Federal Communications Commission … Continue reading