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PSAC Meeting in Houston on December 9-10, Includes Public Session

November 25, 2015

By Vicki Lee, FirstNet Association Manager
The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) will meet in public session on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm CST in Houston, TX. The public session will include reports from the PSAC on the priority and preemption, public safety grade, and user equipment assignments; and general updates from the PSAC Tribal and Early Builder Working Groups.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the NPSBN

November 23, 2015

By the FirstNet CTO Devices Group
Recognizing that the public safety user community will demand support for personal devices on the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN), FirstNet is taking steps to develop and implement an effective BYOD policy. The BYOD policy must provide adequate security and control of the device, while still providing an acceptable user experience when accessing the NPSBN. It must also operate in real time to analyze BYOD access and identify anomalies.

Data Collection Yields Key Info from States, Territories, Federal Agencies

November 19, 2015

Brian Hobson, FirstNet State Plans Technical Lead
As part of FirstNet’s consultation efforts, in coordination with NTIA’s State and Local Implementation Grant (SLIGP) program, we initiated a formal data collection process in March to better understand how the public safety community uses mobile data communications.  The data collection process was developed around four topics: coverage; users and operational areas; capacity planning; and current services and procurement vehicles.

FirstNet Video Blog: FirstNet and Next Generation 911

November 17, 2015

The Future of End to End Public Safety Communications
FirstNet is pleased to present the following video on FirstNet and Next Generation 911.  We developed this video to highlight the potential benefits of a future FirstNet/NG911 environment for public safety, share the planning that is occurring, and explain its importance to public safety agencies at all levels of government.  FirstNet would like to thank Steve Souder, Director of Fairfax County (VA) 911 Center, Jay English, APCO's Director of Communications Center and 9-1-1 Services, and Sheriff Jim Voutour, Niagara County (NY) Sheriff for participating in this video.

Michigan Initial Consultation Meeting Explores Coverage along Waterways, International Borders

November 16, 2015

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of Consultation
More than 100 stakeholders from local, state, and tribal entities in Michigan gathered in East Lansing earlier this year for the state’s Initial Consultation Meeting with FirstNet.  David Behen, Michigan’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC), and Lieutenant Colonel Gary Gorski, Deputy Director, Specialized Services Bureau, Michigan State Police (MSP), welcomed the group and highlighted some of Michigan’s unique features, such as its large water area and its international boundary with Canada.  They also emphasized the importance of teamwork for the success of FirstNet, and Mr. Behen also stressed the importance of cybersecurity.

Helping to Build a Nation of Resilient Communities

November 13, 2015

This blog is a re-post from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) website, originally posted October 2015.
Every year, hundreds of U.S. communities take a beating. These are the towns, cities, counties and tribal areas that suffer the casualties, damage and disruptions inflicted by hazards. Recoveries may span months to years, and in some severely stricken communities, the job of rebuilding may stall and never be completed.

FirstNet User Advocacy Outreach Team Adds 9-1-1, EMS, and Fire Advisors

November 10, 2015

By Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet Director of Outreach
The FirstNet User Advocacy Outreach team has expanded its roster of public safety experts with the addition of three Senior Advisors who specialize in the fields of 9-1-1, EMS, and Fire.  Our new team members are Bill Hinkle (9-1-1), Brent Williams (EMS), and Mike Worrell (Fire).  They join Joshua Ederheimer, who has been serving as the Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to FirstNet.  Their primary focus is to design and deliver a national targeted education and outreach plan to engage public safety officials within their respective disciplines in planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network.  While they are focused on the national level, FirstNet’s Senior Advisors are available to support the state and territory single points of contact in statewide outreach efforts.

California's Initial Consultation Highlights Strong Partnerships, Use Cases

November 9, 2015

By Dave Buchanan, FirstNet Director of Consultation
As the third largest state in the nation and by far the most populous, California’s Initial Consultation Meeting with FirstNet was structured to meet the needs of the diverse and vast Golden State.  Instead of the normal one-day event, California gathered more than 175 stakeholders and several FirstNet staff in Sacramento for two and a half days to share information and identify needs.

Government, Industry Innovators Focus on Ways To Leverage Data for Public Safety

November 5, 2015

By Kyle S. Richardson, FirstNet Public Affairs

Members of FirstNet recently attended the third annual Safety “Datapalooza” at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA.  A Datapalooza is a day for demonstrations involving open data tools, announcing open data news that highlights the work of hackathons and data jams, and showcasing finished products.  The event, organized by Dan Morgan, Chief Data Officer at the US Department of Transportation, featured several lightning round speaking sessions from representatives across the federal government, industry, and non-profit sectors.  The speakers highlighted available resources for technological solutions and provided case studies on how data has been used to improve public safety services.

FirstNet Expands Tribal Liaison Team with Addition of Accomplished Tribal Members

November 3, 2015

By Carl Rebstock, FirstNet National Tribal Government Liaison
I am pleased and honored to announce that we have hired two accomplished tribal members as full-time regional tribal government liaisons:  Margaret Muhr and Adam Geisler.  In addition to their impressive professional achievements, both Margaret and Adam arrive with a good understanding of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) importance to Indian Country, having served as delegates on our Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) Tribal Working Group, representing the International Association of Emergency Managers tribal caucus and Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association, respectively.


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