The following activities and accomplishments occurred in June 2017.


Interoperability Committee


Radio Interoperability Best Practices Working Group: The group approved Best Practices #H: Channel Assignment Based on Infrastructure Coverage, to be sent to the Governing Board as Best Practice #6 for approval at the July meeting. Best Practice #K: After Action Review for Interoperability Resources, has been completed and approved pending the completion of an accompanying checklist. The small writing group continues work on Best Practice I: Communications Span of Control, and is discussing the remaining statements that still need to be written.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Working Group: Gregorij Kurillo, Ph.D., presented on Augmented Telemedicine for First Responders research work being done at the University of California, Berkley. Members of the group also held a follow-up call with the researchers to help advise on EMS needs and discuss grant options. Barry Fraser, Chair of the Public Safety Internet of Things Working Group also spoke to the group asking for volunteers to assist help them establish discipline-specific use cases. During the PSCR stakeholder’s conference, Working Group members met with the University of Virginia to discuss their project involving hands free communications with Artificial Intelligence platforms and remote database access. The group intends to schedule a presentation during an upcoming meeting.  The group is discussing the development of a short educational paper on The Emergence of GPS Enabled Mobile Personal Medical Alarms (mPERS) and how this technology interfaces with EMS.


Cross Border Working Group: The group hosted a webinar with the FCC on cross border base station licensing, and with OEC on leveraging best practices from the Border Interoperability Demonstration (BIDP) Grants program. The group continues to work on several projects, including an in-depth outreach document that will catalog interoperability frequencies available for cross border communications. That project will supplement the initial overview published in August of 2016. The first draft of the Cross Border 911 Data Sharing document is being sent to the NPSTC Governing Board for review, before being transmitted to the U.S. and Canadian wireless carriers, asking them to review and comment on the document. That review is expected to occur over 60 days in July and August.

The report will include background on the policy and laws of each country as well as a set of suggested

recommendations for PSAPs.


Spectrum Management Committee

700 MHz Air-to-Ground in the U.S./Canada Border: The comments and replies filed by other parties are consistent with the plan NPSTC recommended. FCC staff advised the comments and replies are still under review.  


Response Supporting LMCC Concerns Re: 460-470 MHz: NPSTC submitted recommendations to the FCC and the WRC-19 Advisory Committee on June 3. NPSTC also coordinated with a representative of the alarm industry who supports protection of the 460-470 MHz band and is engaged on the relevant WRC 19 Advisory Committee working group.


Higher Ground, LLC: Multiple organizations submitted Applications for Review of the decision and are scheduling meetings with the FCC.


Technology and Broadband Committee

Public Safety Internet of Things (IOT) Working Group: Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, FirstNet, presented on the role of FirstNet in the IoT and Barry Fraser, Working Group Chair, presented on Specific Public Safety Uses of IoT by Discipline. This is the first steps in the group goal of defining use cases for public safety by discipline (Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire).


Broadband Emerging Technologies Working Group: Joe Fournier, DRDC-CSS Canada, presented on the status of the Canadian Public Safety Broadband Network. Due to the high interest and number of questions following the presentation, the planned PSCR and grant awards update was moved to the following month.


LMR to LTE Integration and Interoperability Working Group: The group reviewed results from a questionnaire which was distributed to the group in May with a matrix that listed features members were asked to rate by need. The group reached consensus on all the categories and those comments are being inserted into the next draft of the report.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Robotics Working Group: The June 14 meeting was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. The group has finalized the table of contents and confirmed volunteers for chapter content on their next report, UAS as an Aerial Communications Platform.


International Public Safety Requirements/Standards Task Force: NPSTC continues to monitor 3GPP standards efforts. Current discussion is underway regarding the need for TIA/ATIS to restart and accelerate work on a standardized interface between 3GPP Mission Critical Voice systems and LMR systems. The absence of an LMR standard could lead to vendor proprietary solutions and market domination by FirstNet contractor agencies.



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