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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update- September 1, 2015

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet hosted a successful second Industry Day last week, followed by a public safety webinar for single points of contact (SPOCs), Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) members, the Tribal Working Group (TWG), and federal points of contact to recap the Industry Day presentations and provide these key stakeholders with an additional opportunity for question and answer.  The Industry Day presentation is available here.

·         The next in-person SPOC meeting will be held on October 7-8 in Westminster, CO.  More details on agenda items and logistics will be provided this week.  

·         This week, we will be holding the Michigan and New Jersey initial consultation meetings and participating in the Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) Annual Meeting and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) expert panel regarding broadband communication and law enforcement.

·         Last week, FirstNet Board members and staff participated in the Indiana initial consultation meeting, the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference and Technology Showcase, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board Meeting and Annual Conference, the National Tactical Officer Association (NTOA) Annual Conference, and a meeting with the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).

·         To date, FirstNet has held 47 initial State consultation meetings involving more than 3,100 public safety representatives.  Future consultations are confirmed for: Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/29), Virginia (9/30), CNMI (10/20), Guam (10/22), and Oklahoma (10/28).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker.

·         FirstNet has also completed initial consultation with 3 federal agencies – Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of Labor (DOL).

 

News from the PSAC, States, and Territories

·         Data collection tip: The FirstNet data collection team would like to make SPOCs aware of two potential sources of data that could aid in estimating total public safety users by discipline in each State.  Please note these sources do not contain estimated totals for all US Territories.

o   UCR 2013 Masterfiles:  FirstNet has obtained a copy of the raw data Masterfiles behind the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports Law Enforcement Employee totals. These files contain granular estimates of law enforcement personnel in each state, including data that was excluded from the online publication (i.e., Crime in the United States Table 77) for reporting threshold reasons.

o   U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Department Census:  FirstNet is using the USFA Census as a general estimation (or “baseline”) tool for total fire personnel nationwide and within each State.

o   If you would like a copy of the UCR 2013 Masterfile data or USFA Census for your state, please send a request to datacollection@firstnet.gov.

·         As we near the September 30 deadline for initial data collection, we are asking states and territories to share their data collection updates. 

o   Missouri continues to move forward with their data collection and outreach efforts.  The team has received data from the state’s three largest metropolitan areas, and is seeing good participation from other areas of the state.  On August 24, the Missouri team participated in a conference call focusing on data collection efforts and the September 30 submission deadline, hosted by Nebraska (thanks Bob Wilhelm).  It was an informative call and involved seven states.  The Missouri team will be presenting to the Kansas City Metro Area Police Chiefs Association next week in Riverside and will be making a final push for participation by any departments that have not submitted their data.  The team is preparing for a communications exercise involving deployable assets and mobile communications vehicles from across the state, in Sedalia next week and will be presenting on how FirstNet could enhance the capabilities of these vehicles.  The team is also preparing for their state Communications Conference in Columbia in September. 

o   FirstNet will continue to feature various state data collection efforts over the next few weeks.  If you would like to highlight your state or territory’s effort, please email outreach@firstnet.gov.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Traditional Media

FirstNet media coverage picked up late in the week with the Industry Day.  Following is a sample of the coverage from this week.  For more comprehensive coverage of all FirstNet stories, please consult the daily “Media Mentions” email.

 

Urgent Communications: Cybersecurity Could Be The Biggest Challenge For FirstNet, Next-gen 911

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/cybersecurity-could-be-biggest-challenge-firstnet-next-gen-911

Industry engineers are making great progress developing IP-based solutions that address the myriad functionality needs of public safety and critical-infrastructure entities more efficiently. Whether they can develop solutions that also lower the risk of problems caused by software glitches and cyberattacks is a bigger question.

 

Emergency Management: FirstNet: A First Responder Network, Plus

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/Firstnetafristrespondernetworkplus.html

The FirstNet timeline and a philosophy. I thought that his email response from the guy responsible for FirstNet in Washington state, Bill Schrier, was a good summary of FirstNet and what the timeline is in the next few years.

 

IAEM Dispatch: FirstNet encourages participation in its second Industry Day on Aug. 27

http://multibriefs.com/briefs/iaem/iaem082715.php

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) encourages participation in its second Industry Day, set for Aug. 27, 2015, which will address both recent developments and key next steps for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) acquisition. Last week, FirstNet Board members and staff participated in the APCO Annual Conference, which attracted almost 6,000 attendees.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media was active this week with the Indiana consultation and Industry Day.  Twitter increased to 2,603 followers; LinkedIn increased to 917 users; YouTube stayed the same at 152 subscribers; and Google+ has 50 users.  Social media buzz topics included FirstNet board appointments and Industry Day. 

 

FirstNet posted 4 blog entries over the lasts week. The highlighted topics include: SPOCs Report Continued Successes as Data Collection Efforts Ramp Up, Tennessee Interoperability Conference Provides Opportunity for "Real Time" Input to Data Collection, FirstNet Video Blog: Tribal Data Collection, and  the Alabama Initial Consultation Meeting.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update- August 25,2015

FirstNet News

·         On August 19, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker named four leading experts on public safety, wireless broadband communications, and state and local government to serve three-year terms on the FirstNet Board.  Secretary Pritzker reappointed two current Board members to another term: Kevin McGinnis, emergency medical services executive, Maine and Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston, Texas.  In addition, the Secretary appointed two new members to the Board: Neil Cox, technology executive, Illinois and Edward Horowitz, venture capitalist/technology executive, New York.  The new members replace Tim Bryan and Frank Plastina who did not seek reappointment to the Board.  Statements from FirstNet Board members regarding the announcement are available at http://firstnet.gov/news/statement-chair-swenson-board-member-appointments

·         We encourage your participation in FirstNet’s second Industry Day and public webinar this Thursday, August 27 beginning at 1:00 PM ET, which will address both recent developments and key next steps for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) acquisition.  Additional information regarding Industry Day is available at http://firstnet.gov/content/industry-day-august-27-2015.  We will also hold a follow-up webinar on Friday, August 28 at 1:00 PM ET with SPOCs, PSAC members, Tribal Working Group members, and Federal Agency POCs to recap Industry Day and allow time for Q&A.  A calendar invitation was distributed from FirstNet Outreach with additional information.

·         Also this week, we will be holding the Indiana initial consultation meeting and participating in the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference and Technology Showcase, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board Meeting and Annual Conference, and the National Tactical Officer Association (NTOA) Annual Conference.

·         Last week, FirstNet Board members and staff participated in the APCO Annual Conference.  This was APCO’s largest conference in terms of audience, with almost 6,000 attendees.  All FirstNet sessions, which focused on data collection, consultation, planning, and outreach, were well attended with excellent question and answer exchanges between FirstNet and stakeholders.  We enjoyed listening to and participating in state and local partner sessions focused on their efforts for FirstNet planning, data collection, and early builder developments.  Staff also participated in the Federal Agency Point of Contact monthly teleconference and met with members of the New Mexico BTOP team

·         To date, FirstNet has held 46 state consultation meetings involving more than 3,000 public safety representatives. Future consultations are confirmed for: Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), Virginia (9/30), CNMI (10/20), Guam (10/22), and Oklahoma (10/28).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         As we near the September 30 deadline for initial data collection, we are asking states and territories to share lessons learned. 

o   Arkansas shared that a major key to the success of their data collection effort has been the close relationships developed with first responders throughout the state and conducting FirstNet activities at a time and location compatible with their schedules.  The Arkansas FirstNet team has met with volunteer firefighters during their evening meetings, for example, as well as observed public safety activities and events on weekends, even for those requiring a significant commute.  Arkansas has found that it is critical to value the opinions of public safety and ask for their input rather than just give them a package of what the state thinks is needed.  The Arkansas Geographic Information Office (AGIO) was instrumental in developing a web portal that combined information collected by the state with information collected by FirstNet so Arkansas stakeholders could review the proposed FirstNet coverage.  So far, feedback from stakeholders has been robust, and the state is looking forward to submitting a comprehensive package on September 30.  For more information about Arkansas’s FirstNet outreach and data collections efforts, contact Kelly Gottsponer at Kelly.Gottsponer@arkansas.gov or visit the Arkansas Public Safety Broadband Network website.

o    The Maryland FirstNet team determined that a coverage prioritization strategy is critical to analyze where broadband coverage is most needed in the state and to propose build-out phases.  To gather data, two surveys were distributed to public safety agencies across the state.  One survey was sent to each of the 24 Public Safety Answering Points to ask for fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical calls for service in 2014.  The data is being aggregated to a grid and summed over a one year time period to establish trends and to avoid reference to any specific incidences.  The other survey asks public safety agencies about users and operational areas, devices, and providers and procurement.  The answers provided from both surveys, as well as additional data from several other sources, will be compiled and combined using a weighted algorithm to establish an overall “Public Safety Broadband Need” value, which will be used to prioritize the broadband coverage needs and establish a proposed phased deployment plan in Maryland.  The methodology and surveys are posted in the Progress section of FirstNet.Maryland.Gov.  For additional information, contact Lori Stone at lori.stone@maryland.gov.

·         FirstNet will continue to feature various state data collection efforts over the next several weeks. If you would like to highlight your state or territory’s effort, please email outreach@firstnet.gov.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Traditional Media

FirstNet media coverage was extremely heavy this week in light of the CEO appointment, the APCO conference, the Special Board Meeting to approve the budget, and other Board member announcements. 

 

Cox, Horowitz Named to FirstNet Board; McGinnis, Parker Reappointed

http://rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/13320

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker named two new members to serve three-year terms on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board and reappointed two current board member

 

Fierce Mobile Government: FirstNet Names New CEO, Aims To Improve Agency Transparency, Reputation

http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/firstnet-names-new-ceo-aims-improve-agency-transparency-reputation/2015-08-19

The moves bring FirstNet's leadership structure more closely in line with the technology companies that it is supposed to emulate as it aims to build the nation's first high-speed wireless broadband network for public safety communications.

 

APCO PSC: FirstNet Early Builders Roundtable: Insights and Lessons Learned

http://psc.apcointl.org/2015/08/19/firstnet-early-builders-roundtable-insights-and-lessons-learned/

Five representatives of the public safety entities that have funding and spectrum lease agreements with FirstNet to build wireless networks for first responders and PSAP’s gathered Tuesday afternoon to give APCO Conference attendees some insight into the ongoing building process and the lessons learned so far.

 

RCR Wireless News: FirstNet Approves $126 Million Budget, Reorganizes Leadership

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150818/network-infrastructure/firstnet-approves-126-million-budget-tag6

The board of the First Responders Network Authority has approved its budget, putting $126 million in play for acquisition, consultation and spectrum relocation in the next fiscal year as the FirstNet national network moves closer to reality.

 

Urgent Communications: Harris County To Expand Public-safety LTE Network, Other Early Builders Prepare To Complete Projects

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/harris-county-expand-public-safety-lte-network-other-early-builders-

Commissioners for Harris County, Texas, have approved $5.8 million in local funds to expand the county’s public-safety LTE network, while several other early-builder entities work to complete their broadband projects by the Sept. 30 deadline for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), representatives said during a panel at the APCO 2015 show.

 

Web and Social Media

Mirroring the heavy press coverage, FirstNet was an active subject over social media.  Twitter increased significantly this week to 2,583 followers due to the announcements and FirstNet social media presence at APCO; LinkedIn has 900 users; YouTube has 152 subscribers; and Google+ has 50 users.  Social media buzz topics included FirstNet budget, board appointments, leadership appointment and realignment, and APCO.  All blog posts can be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 10, 2015

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet Board held a Special Finance Committee Meeting last week, during which the Committee recommended Board approval of the FY 2016 budget. The presentation discussed during the meeting, as well as the resolution adopted by the Finance Committee, are posted on the website.

·         This week, we have initial consultation meetings scheduled with Hawaii and American Samoa. FirstNet is also participating in the National Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference, National Rural Intelligent Transportation System conference, the APCO board meeting and conference, and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) board meeting. Federal activities include a U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Information Officer briefing and corresponding meeting discussing tribal involvement with Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS).

·         We held our initial state consultation meeting in Pennsylvania last week. FirstNet also participated in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit, EMS PINNACLE 2015, the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Conference and the Tennessee Consolidated Network for Emergency Communications and Technology (TN-CNECT) conference. FirstNet also met with the SPOCs and various state representatives in Washington and Oregon. Federal activities included a data collection meeting with the U.S. Department of Labor and an Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) Grants Focus Group meeting.

·         To date, FirstNet has held 44 state consultation meetings involving more than 2,800 public safety representatives. Future consultations are confirmed for: Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa (8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), Virginia (9/30), CNMI (10/20), Guam (10/22) and Oklahoma (10/28). An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC Executive Committee (EC) held its monthly conference call last week. Topics included working group/task team updates and planning for the September 30 EC meeting in Reston, VA.

·         The PA-FirstNet team has been actively engaging the local and state public safety community in Pennsylvania in their data collection efforts. The team released agency and user surveys on April 28, 2015 and to date has received responses from over half of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties. Over the next several weeks, the team plans to conduct up to 50 in-person workshops to assist agencies that have not yet responded to the surveys.  Prior to submitting the final data collection package to FirstNet in support of the PA FirstNet State Plan, the PA-FirstNet team plans to hold a statewide conference to review and finalize results.  The PA-FirstNet team leverages an innovative YouTube virtual overview which helps local and state stakeholders understand the importance of data collection.   Additional information about the PA-FirstNet program is available at https://www.pafirstnet.com/.  If you have specific questions regarding the PA-FirstNet data collection effort please contact Robert LeGrande II,  from the PA-FirstNet team at RLeGrande@TheDigitalDecision.com.

·         Vermont is targeting 850 Public Safety Entities (PSEs) as part of the FirstNet requested data collection. Vermont released their data collection survey, following the state consultation, in July and to date has received responses from over 50% of the entities targeted. A few key elements to their success included staffing, easy technology tools that enable real time measurements, contact information accuracy, and survey accessibility. Vermont built the survey on Google Forms, which automatically feeds in to a Google Excel workbook, where they track results in real time. The survey is accessible by visiting Vermont’s website at http://psbc.vermont.gov/. Response data is telling the Vermont team that email blasts that have a person’s first, last, and organization name are providing the most results. For additional information, please contact Tess Gauthier at Tess.Gauthier@vermont.gov and (802) 241-5397.  For additional information, please see the attached “Vermont Data Collection” overview document that Vermont has developed for your reference.

·         FirstNet will continue to feature various state data collection efforts over the next several weeks. If you would like to highlight your state or territory’s effort, please email outreach@firstnet.gov.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Traditional Media

FirstNet media coverage was moderate, with several stories about the upcoming FirstNet Board meetings in August and state/local FirstNet developments. 

 

Radio Resource: NTIA Releases Report on Public-Safety In-Building Coverage

http://www.radioresourcemag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/13250

The research, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, involved a team of researchers led by ITS and the University of Colorado at Boulder that developed experimental techniques to characterize and improve in-building communications with and without supplemental radio transmitters. The team targeted Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, envisioned by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), operating in public-safety frequency bands.

 

Houston Chronicle: Harris County To Be First In Nation With Public-Safety Broadband Network

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Harris-County-to-be-first-in-nation-with-6420785.php

Harris County is on track next year to become the nation's first jurisdiction to launch a fully operational wireless broadband network for exclusive public safety use through the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media accounts continue to be active. Twitter increased by 25 followers to a total of 2,521; LinkedIn has 865 users; YouTube has 145 subscribers; and Google+ has 50 users. 

 

Last Friday’s blog post by James Mitchell, “FirstNet Assessing Comments, Capabilities Statements on Special Notice, Draft RFP Documents” received coverage in some trade publications.  All blog posts can be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.  Washington State SPOC Bill Schrier posted a blog on the forthcoming Board appointments that received attention from stakeholders and the FirstNet social media community – “What We Need in the FirstNet Board.”


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 3, 2015

FirstNet News

·         The dates for the next FirstNet committee and board meetings have changed from September 22-23 to October 1-2.  The meetings will be at FirstNet headquarters in Reston, VA.

·         On 7/29, we marked the one year anniversary of our first initial State consultation meeting.  That milestone event was held in Annapolis, Maryland.  Three more pilots followed in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington.  We have continued to evolve, adjust, and learn as we listen to stakeholders and hear use cases in each state and territory.  Read more and check out the group photo collage in our blog.

·         We have begun receiving preliminary data collection efforts from a few states.  Please use datacollection@firstnet.gov for these early submissions.  Any questions related to this process can be directed to the same email address. 

·         We held our initial state consultation meeting in California last week.  Last week, we also met with representatives from the DHS Federal Protective Service agency, the US Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration regarding the FirstNet federal consultation data request.  We finished the week participating on a panel with the FCC and DHS at the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS) Mid-Year Meeting.

·         This week, we have initial consultation meetings scheduled with Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Labor.  FirstNet is also participating in the EMS PINNACLE 2015 conference

·         To date, FirstNet has held 43 consultation meetings involving more than 2,600 public safety representatives.  Future consultations are confirmed for: Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa (8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), Virginia (9/30), CNMI (10/20), Guam (10/22) and Oklahoma (10/28).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker.

·         Comments on the FirstNet Special Notice and draft Request for Proposals documents closed on July 27.  FirstNet received more than 175 comments, capabilities statements, and Operational Architecture inputs into the RFP.  Check out the blog for more.

 

 

From the PSAC and States/Territories

·      Our Government Affairs team will be in Seattle this week for the National Council of State Legislatures Legislative Summit and will then join the Oregon and Washington SPOCs to meet with other state leadership in both states.

·      In other states, this week we will be participating in the Missouri State Sheriffs’ Association Training Conference and the Tennessee Consolidated Network for Emergency Communications and Technology conference.

 

 Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-

Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

                                                           

Traditional Media

FirstNet media coverage was heavier than last week, with stories about draft RFP and Special Notice comment submissions, the initial consultation meeting in California, and Industry Day.  The FirstNet blog on the in-vehicle mobile communications research and development work continued to receive media coverage.

 

Urgent Communications: FirstNet: Jeff Bratcher Talks About New Technical Job Opportunities in Boulder Office

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-jeff-bratcher-talks-about-new-technical-job-opportunities-boulder-office

Jeff Bratcher, deputy chief technology officer (CTO) for FirstNet, outlines the job opportunities that will become available in the organization's CTO office, which is based in Boulder, Colo.

 

Radio Resource: NPSTC Submits Comments on FirstNet Draft RFP

http://www.radioresourcemag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/12372

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) submitted comments on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) draft request for proposals (RFP) and provided recommendations on certain elements.

 

Techwire.net: July 28-30: U.S. Public Safety Broadband Network Meeting in Sacramento

https://www.techwire.net/u-s-public-safety-broadband-network-meeting-in-sacramento-on-july-28-30/

Representatives from the First Responder Network Authority – FirstNet — will be in Sacramento beginning today as a part of a three-day meeting to communicate the latest information on development of the U.S. public safety broadband network.

 

GCN (blog archive): FirstNet Foresees In-Vehicle Units For Remote Comms

http://gcn.com/blogs/pulse/2015/07/firstnet-mcu.aspx

One of the challenges for FirstNet, the nationwide LTE public safety broadband network, will be providing coverage for responders in remote locations or otherwise out of range of terrestrial coverage.

 

TR Daily: FirstNet Cites Consultation Progress            

Since it held its first initial state consultation meeting in Maryland a year ago today (TRDaily, July 29, 2014), the First Responder Network Authority has held a total of 43 such meetings with states and territories, including with California today.  “Moving forward, we are on track to complete initial consultation meetings in all 56 states and territories by the end of Fall 2015,” Dave Buchanan, FirstNet’s director-state consultation, said in a blog posting.  “But as we have said many times before, consultation is not a single event, nor does it end with this meeting.  State consultation is an iterative, ongoing collaboration between FirstNet and regional, state/territory, local, and tribal stakeholders.  After completing the initial meetings, FirstNet intends to follow up with each state and territory beginning in 2016 to verify the results from the data collection effort and to engage with them on additional topics, such as priority and pre-emption, security, and training according to each state and territory’s needs.”

 

Web and Social Media

Steady growth continued for most of FirstNet social media accounts.  Twitter went from 2,465 to 2,496 followers; LinkedIn went from 835 to 842 users; YouTube went from 127 to 143 subscribers; Google+ stayed the same at 49 users.  A key FirstNet blog entry this week – Reflecting on One Year of Initial Consultation Meetings and Planning for the Next” – was covered in trade publications and was the subject of social media discussions.  All blog posts can be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 


Monday, July 27, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 27,2015

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet has posted an updated Special Notice and Draft RFP Documents FAQ on the resources page of its website.  The deadline for comments and capability statements is today, 7/27.

·         Last week, FirstNet conducted the Georgia and Tennessee initial consultation meetings. We also attended and presented at the North Carolina Police Executive Association Conference.  Federal activities included a FirstNet-hosted federal agency data collection webinar and a consultation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Secret Service.

·         This week, FirstNet will conduct the California initial consultation meeting and attend and present at the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute Board Meeting.  Federal activities include consultations with DHS/Federal Protective Services,  DHS/Transportation Security Administration and DHS/United States Coast Guard.

·         Check the recent FirstNet blog for a recap of important information and dates, as well as the presentation slides from the quarterly SPOC webinar held 7/9.

·         To date, FirstNet has held 42 consultation meetings involving more than 2,600 public safety representatives.  There are 11 additional initial state consultation meetings scheduled for later this year: Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa (8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), CNMI (10/20), Guam (10/22) and Oklahoma (10/28).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         State and local 911 professionals, Federal agency representatives and other 911 stakeholders will participate in a “State of 911” webinar and question and answer session, presented by the National 911 Program, Tuesday, August 11th from 12-1pm Eastern Time. This webinar will feature a presentation by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), to discuss their recently-published paper: FirstNet and NG9-1-1:  High-Level Overview of Systems and Functionality. Interested parties may register for the webinar here.

·         The Public Safety Grade and User Equipment task teams will be conducting conference calls this week to continue work on their respective assignments.

·         FirstNet will join Tennessee on 8/5-6 at its statewide interoperability conference in Franklin.  The Tennessee Consolidated Network for Emergency Communications and Technology (TN-CNECT) is bringing together all divisions of public safety to engage at this event

 

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Traditional Media

FirstNet media coverage was moderate this week, with some media sources leveraging FirstNet blog entries to develop articles on data collection, consultation, and technology developments.

 

FirstNet Plans Second Round of State Consultation Meetings

http://www.radioresourcemag.com/newsArticle.cfm?news_id=12361

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is planning a second round of consultation meetings expected to begin in 2016, FirstNet announced during a single points of contact (SPOC) webinar.

 

IEEE Communications Society: Feature Topic: Call for Papers

http://www.comsoc.org/commag/cfp/critical-communications-and-public-safety-networks

For example, the US Government has created in 2012 an authority to establish a national public safety broadband network called FirstNet; short for First Responders Network. The standards organizations and stakeholders in developing narrowband technologies have indicated that their future strategy is to evolve into LTE-based solutions for public safety systems.

 

FirstNet developing base stations for police cars, but deployment still several years away

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/firstnet-developing-base-stations-police-cars-deployment-still-several-year/2015-07-23

FirstNet, which has been tasked with building a nationwide LTE network for emergency workers, is working to create portable cellular base stations that can ride inside police cars and other vehicles, thereby allowing emergency workers to quickly and easily deploy wireless networks in remote areas.

 

Connect Iowa Blog: FirstNet Addresses Vertical Location

http://www.connectiowa.org/blog/post/firstnet-addresses-vertical-location

Acting Chief Technology Officer of FirstNet (the First Responder Network Authority), Jeff Bratcher, explains vertical location and how FirstNet is addressing this issue.

 

Web and Social Media

The Georgia and Tennessee consultations were topics of discussion over social media by first responders in those states.  The Georgia meeting led to several new followers for the FirstNet twitter account, including Emergency Management Agencies from Fulton County and Macon, GA. Twitter now has 2,465 followers; LinkedIn 835 users; Google+ 49 users; and YouTube 137 subscribers. 

 

FirstNet posted 4 blog entries over the past week on topics including the New Mexico initial consultation, the SPOC quarterly webinar, and a spotlight on the Maine single point of contact, Lisa Leahy. All blog posts can be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.