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NPSTC Organizations Discuss The Public Safety Communications Community. IWCE 2010 Wednesday – March 10, 2010 – 11:00 AM Moderator – Ralph Haller Panelists – Harlin McEwen, Kevin McGinnis, Joe Ross. Welcome Ralph Haller. NPSTC Mission Statement. NPSTC is a federation of organizations
Wednesday – March 10, 2010 – 11:00 AM
Moderator – Ralph Haller
Panelists – Harlin McEwen, Kevin McGinnis, Joe Ross
NPSTC is a federation of organizations
whose mission is to improve public safety
communications and interoperability
through collaborative leadership.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
American Radio Relay League
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials – International
Forestry Conservation Communications Association
International Association of Chiefs of Police
International Association of Emergency Managers
International Association of Fire Chiefs
International Municipal Signal Association
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials
National Association of State Foresters
National Association of State Telecommunications Directors
National Emergency Number Association
National Sheriffs’ Association
NPSTC Governing Board
Representatives from each of its member organizations
The Executive Committee comprises a Chair, Vice Chair, and the four Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs
Four Operational Committees
Spectrum Management Committee
Create vision for the future of public safety communications
Develop common policy perspectives through collaborative forums of leadership in public safety
Educate appropriate governmental bodies regarding public safety communications issues, policies and priorities
Educate public safety practitioners and leaders on communications issues
Influence future technologies, providers and standard making bodies to ensure public safety interests are appropriately represented
Advocate the interests of public safety communications
Facilitate coordination, dispute resolution and the exchange of effective practices, tools and information
Chief of Police (Ret) City of Ithaca, NYFBI Deputy Assistant Director (Ret) Washington, DC
Communications & Technology Committee
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Public Safety Spectrum Trust
The Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) is currently governed by a voting board of fifteen members – one representative from each of the following organizations:
1. American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
2. American Hospital Association (AHA)
3. Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO)
4. Forestry Conservation Communications Association (FCCA)
5. International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
6. International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
7. International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
8. International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA)
9. National Assn of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO)
10. National Assn of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA)
11. National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)
12. National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
13. National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP)
14. National Governors Association (NGA)
15. National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
Base Transmit (Downlink)
Mobile Transmit (Uplink)
746 763 768 769 772 775 776 793 798 799 802 805 806
Public Safety Broadband License (PSBL)
(Licensed to the Public Safety Spectrum Trust)
Spectrum To Be Auctioned
With Public Safety Requirements
Allocated to the Nationwide PSBL
By Congressional Action
11/19/2007 – FCC named the PSST as the nationwide Public Safety Broadband Licensee (PSBL).
01/24/2008 - 03/18/2008 – 700 MHz Auction #73. Auction raised almost $20 billion. Only one bid for the D Block spectrum which did not meet the minimum bidding requirement of $1.33 billion.
12/2008 – After the election of a new President further FCC action was deferred, at the request of Congressional leaders, until after the new Administration took office.
2009 – 17 requests for approval for local/regional early build using the Public Safety spectrum licensed to the PSBL (PSST) Bay Area (CA), Boston (MA), Charlotte (NC), Chesapeake (VA), Denver Airport-Adams County (CO), State of Hawaii, State of Iowa, Los Angeles (CA), State of New Jersey, State of New Mexico, New York City, New York State, State of North Dakota, Pembroke Pines (FL), San Antonio (TX), Seattle (WA), Washington, DC
2009-2010 – Major national public safety organizations advocating for Congressional action to reallocate the D Block for public safety use and assign it to the Public Safety Broadband License rather than auction it for commercial use.
STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY COMMERCIAL
SPECTRUM ALLOCATIONS SPECTRUM ALLOCATIONS
Allocation MHzAllocation MHz
VHF Low Band (25-50 MHz) 6.3 Cellular 50
VHF High Band (150-174 MHz) 3.6 Broadband PCS 120
UHF Band (450-470 MHz ) 3.7* AWS 90
800 MHz Band (806-821/851-866MHz) 3.5 Broadband Radio Services 190
800 MHz Band (821-824/866-869MHz) 6.0 Lower 700 48
700 MHz Band (764-776/794-806 MHz)24.0** Upper 700 30
TOTAL PUBLIC SAFETY..............47.1*** TOTAL COMMERCIAL.......528
* This does not include 470/512 MHz spectrum used in 11 of the largest US Cities
** Was not available to public safety in many areas of the U.S. until TV broadcasters were required to move out of the spectrum on June 12, 2009)
*** Public Safety also has 50 MHz of spectrum at 4.9 GHz but this is only practical for local area networks and hotspots – not for wide area or mobile networks
Public safety has chosen Long Term Evolution (LTE) as the preferred technology for the nationwide network. 4G technologies like LTE are best suited for bandwidths of greater than 10 MHz. The Public Safety Broadband License is for 10 MHz of spectrum and the public safety community has identified the need for the additional 10 MHz of spectrum in the adjacent D Block to provide the robust data services required by public safety. The public safety community is unified in this effort and has the support of a large segment of the communications industry.
Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC)
The FCC has recently proposed the creation of ERIC. As envisioned by the FCC, ERIC would be housed at the FCC in the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB). The FCC would establish a Public Safety Advisory Board to serve a central advisory role to ERIC. As proposed, ERIC would coordinate the interoperability framework of regulations, license requirements, grant conditions, and technical standards with other entities (e.g., the Public Safety Broadband Licensee [Public Safety Spectrum Trust], DHS, NTIA and NIST).
Several entities, including two major carriers, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile, are advocating that the D Block not be allocated for public safety but instead be auctioned for only commercial purposes. Verizon Wireless and AT&T are advocating the D Block be allocated to public safety.
February 25, 2010 - FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that the National Broadband Plan, to be released March 17, 2010, will include a plan by the FCC to auction the 700 MHz D Block for commercial purposes without the previously identified public safety requirements.
The new plan would include access by public safety to the entire 700 MHz band for the purposes of roaming and priority access but no requirements for the D Block winner(s) to partner with the nationwide Public Safety Broadband Licensee.
Kevin McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P
Communications Technology Advisor
National Association of State EMS Officials
National Association of EMS Physicians
National Association of EMTs
National Association of EMS Educators
Utilizing an expert panel format, to present possible future Emergency Medical Services (EMS) diagnostic and treatment modalities and their implications for bandwidth and other communications resources.
Narrowband Land Mobile Mission Critical Voice
And Limited Telemetry
VHF/UHF/700 MHz/800 MHz
Commercial Voice and Limited Telemetry Services
Telephone and Cell Services
3G Commercial Wireless Data/Municipal WiFi & MESH Systems (Unlicensed 2.4 GHz)
Lack Mission Critical Reliability
Lack Public Safety Priority
Lack Patient Security
Lack Wide Area Coverage in Rural Areas
ED On Alert for Pt: +
Stand Off VS Monitoring
IR Crowd Disease Detection
Portable CT (Images)
Portable US (Video & Images)
Medical Quality & Other Video (esp. Comm. Para.)
Multi-Vital Signs Transmission
Multiple Patient Monitoring (MCI)
Multiple Responder VS Monitoring
The AFST Working Group was created to update the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC) Report by identifying the public safety user communications requirements for the next 10 years (2010-2020)
Identify the public safety user communications requirements for the next 10 years (2010 - 2020)
Identify impacts on technology and wireless spectrum needs in order to meet those user needs
Deliver a final report by the end of 2010 that identifies those spectrum and technology needs to help drive
Policy (spectrum, funding, and other)
Standards that require development
Focus the vendor community to meet the long-term needs
Operations Task Group
Develop user needs questionnaire to solicit expected public safety communications needs for the next 10 years.
Publish user needs questionnaire results.
Technical Task Group
Assess current technology.
Investigate technologies available over the 2010 – 2020 timeframe.
Identify future standards development.
Spectrum Task Group
Assess current spectrum usage.
Update spectrum needs models.
Identify spectrum requirements and potential solutions to meeting public safety spectrum needs.
All groups to integrate transition and interoperability needs in to their findings
Final report must accurately reflect the spectrum and communications technology needs of public safety
Three ways to participate
Volunteer to directly contribute in the working group
Respond to the upcoming questionnaire
Send input to [email protected]
Need broad input and expertise
From each public safety discipline (law enforcement, fire, EMS, transportation, health, etc.)
Representing diverse geographies (rural, urban, suburban, state, etc.)