The First Responder Network Authority’s Public Safety Advisory Committee has delivered to FirstNet reports on the work of the PSAC’s local control and identity, credential, and access management (ICAM) task teams, PSAC Chairman Harlin McEwen said in a blog posting today. The ICAM task team “created a preliminary ICAM framework that describes different levels of interoperability enabled by efficient ICAM processes. This initial stage develops a framework for public safety agencies and users to gain access to the FirstNet Network,” Mr. McEwen said. “The Task Team recommended that the barrier to entry into this initial stage for agencies and public safety users be kept low by leveraging existing public safety information security policies and procedures. As the ICAM framework progresses to the later stages, resulting in greater access to public safety data, the responsibilities of the agencies and the public safety users increase. The final stage results in an interoperable federated identity solution for public safety.
“The Task Team believes this solution incorporates the best elements of existing ICAM methodologies and the highest level of interoperability between them,” Mr. McEwen added. “The Task Team understands that an interoperable ICAM solution for public safety is an extremely complicated undertaking, and has encouraged FirstNet to continue engaging the PSAC throughout the creation and evolution of a FirstNet ICAM solution.”
The local control task team “created recommendations for the use of the quality of service (QoS), Priority and Preemption (QPP) Framework,” he said. “This discussion on QPP governance built upon the PSAC’s Priority and Preemption Task Team’s prior work in 2015, which viewed Local Control as a way a public safety agency or user would interact with the QPP Framework. The Task Team coalesced around five recommendations, including reaching consensus that ‘manual control of QPP should rarely, if ever, be necessary,’ and ‘in these rare situations, it is envisioned to be coordinated with FirstNet.’ The Task Team also discussed deployables, coverage and capacity expansion solutions utilizing an eNodeB, and onboarding and training best practices essential to the adoption, use and success of the NPSBN.” – Paul Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org