Registration Opens for 2014 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Conference

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2014 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Conference. The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program will host this 3-day event Tuesday, June 3 through Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO. http://www.westindenverboulder.com/. Registration is limited and will fill up fast! For more information on the conference and how to register, please visit:  http://www.pscr.gov/about_pscr/highlights/psbb_062014/2014_psbb_stakeholder_conf.php

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FCC Announces Agenda for April 17-18 Workshop on Technology Transition and Public Safety

FCC Announces Agenda for April 17-18 Workshop on Technology Transition and Public Safety: The FCC Workshop on “Public Safety Imperatives for All-IP Networks” will explore the impact of the technology transition on key public safety, emergency response, and national security functions. NPSTC’s Tom Sorley and Barry Luke will participate in two of the Workshop session. See the complete agenda here: http://npstc.org/download.jsp?tableId=37&column=217&id=3019&file=DA-14-493A1.pdf

Webcast: The Commission will provide audio and/or video coverage of the public sessions of the workshop over the Internet from the FCC’s Web page at http://www.fcc.gov/live. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. The FCC will also be accepting questions on issues presented during the public session discussions via email at livequestions@fcc.gov and Twitter by using “#TechTransitions” hashtag. Continue reading

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week–April 13-19

This week the Association of Public Safety Officials – International (APCO) honors the public safety telecommunications community who work tirelessly to support emergency communications nationwide. Their website states, “Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored.  This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.” NPSTC salutes telecommunicators everywhere. Send your dispatchers a Thank You!

Real World Intelligence by Andy Seybold, April 18, 2014

While We Wait for FirstNet (A Different Take)

My original Public Safety Advocate article “While We Wait for FirstNet” was about how Public Safety should be working with the commercial LTE wireless networks. This time around I am responding to a number of calls I have received from county and regional communications directors, planners, and engineers who are in the process of building their new countywide or regional Land Mobile Radio Systems (LMR). Most of them are making use of P25, which is the digital wireless technology for Public Safety that supports voice and low-speed data services. Continue reading

Public Safety Advocate by Andy Seybold April 18, 2014

There will be two Public Safety Advocate postings today. This is the first of them: Our weekly news update. Next up will be a post regarding the Public Safety Community as not just FirstNet customers but partners also, and many within the Public Safety community who are frustrated that they are in the process of building out county-wide or regional LMR systems and could easy make some system design changes to make these systems more “FirstNet” ready if they had some guidance on what is needed. FirstNet is back to hiring contractors to help with system design, business modeling, and partnerships. Continue reading

Special Edition of Public Safety Advocate by Andy Seybold April 16, 2014

Bill D’Agostino, FirstNet’s General Manager, has resigned his position with FirstNet. See http://firstnet.gov/news/firstnet-board-launch-nationwide-search-new-general-manager. This is a sad day for Public Safety and for FirstNet. Bill was the most dedicated individual I have had the pleasure of working with on this project. The press release says he resigned for personal and family reasons and we certainly wish him well wherever he ends up. 

 Bill and all of the dedicated executives at FirstNet have had a rough four months. Their core base of contractors were all terminated in November and December and it was only a few weeks ago that the NTIA/DOC finally awarded replacement contracts. Rumor has it that this took so long most of the chosen contractors are no longer available.

This has put an enormous amount of pressure on the entire FirstNet team. 

 I hope FirstNet will survive and move forward but since November it has lost a lot of dedicated people. Bill will be missed greatly I am sure. The loss of Bill and the contractors has really set FirstNet back. Andy The Public Safety LTE & Mobile Broadband Market: 2014 – 2020DigitalJournal.com via Google AlertsApr 11 07:14With spectrum already allocated, public safety agencies in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the U.S have already begun

Public Safety Advocate by Andy Seybold, April 4, 2014

The week after the IWCE and CCA conferences provides an interesting mix of news. I want to welcome our new subscribers, each week more people continue to sign up for this weekly news service and we continue to receive comments thanking us for the updates. However, since the contract for several of us who served as consultants reporting directly to the FirstNet General Manager was not extended and NTIA/DOC has decided to replace us with other contractors, I have decided that it is time for me to bow out of the Public Safety communications arena. I had thought about staying involved in Public Safety but frankly, having been on the inside of FirstNet and having worked with the great team that had been assembled, it doesn’t seem exciting to me to go back to being on the outside and simply observing and commenting on what is going on. I will miss all of the great people I have met and interacted with over the past six-plus years I have been working at helping to secure the Public Safety broadband spectrum. I will certainly miss the conferences and camaraderie that makes Public Safety so very special. However, I have done all I can for the cause, and now it is time for others to take over and move FirstNet forward. I will be returning to commercial wireless and hope to meet up with many of you again in the future. Continue reading