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  1. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Improve understanding of local cellular capabilities/deficiencies Develop a plan for adequate data capability Ensure emergency responder priority of service Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  2. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Improve understanding of local cellular capabilities/deficiencies Develop a plan for adequate data capability Ensure emergency responder priority of service Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  3. “Standardize comms plans between countries” Each country/participating agency: Validate, exercise and improve (fill in details) of existing Appendix A – esp Figure 4 Example of improvements (USCG example): Confirm ability of Sector radio towers to use designated freqs. Recommend alternatives. Create “CANUSLANT” zone in mobile radios with designated freqs Communications Workgroup

  4. “Standardize comms plans between countries” Standard Protocols: *Add USCG Radiotelephone Handbook as an enclosure to CANUSLANT plans *Standardization of operational terminology (e.g.”alongside”) beyond the scope of the comms work group – must be developed by operational personnel. *Check IMO or NATO for existing documentation – probably do not have to re-invent the wheel Communications Workgroup

  5. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Improve understanding of local cellular capabilities/deficiencies Develop a plan for adequate data capability Ensure emergency responder priority of service Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  6. Improve understanding of local cellular capabilities/deficiencies Flawed approach! *Multiple carriers, remote locations, different handset types & dynamic market = moving target *Responders must understand that while their own phone might not work in a certain event/area, however the Comms Workgroup will almost certainly be able to provide phone capability. Communications Workgroup

  7. Replace: Improve understanding of local cellular capabilities/deficiencies With: Provide robust phone communications Communications Workgroup

  8. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Improve understanding of local cellular capabilities/deficiencies Provide robust phone communications Develop a plan for adequate data capability Ensure emergency responder priority of service Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  9. Provide robust phone communications Use organic and/or contingency cache to deliver phone via: *Pre-wire designated command posts with land line service (requires advance designation of command post locations) *Cell service (may or may not work) Priority access... *Satellite phones from contingency cache:Tachyon, BGAN, IridiumSatellite phones work independent of backhaul infrastructure Communications Workgroup

  10. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Provide robust phone communications Develop a plan for adequate data capability Ensure emergency responder priority of service Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  11. Ensure emergency responder priority of service This is actually a component of Provide robust phone communications Communications Workgroup

  12. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Provide robust phone communications Develop a plan for adequate data capability Ensure emergency responder priority of service Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  13. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Provide robust phone communications Develop a plan for adequate data capability Ensure emergency responder priority of service Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  14. Provide robust phone communications Ensure responder priority on land line and cellular networks (PAD, GETS, WPS) *PAD=Priority Access Dialing (Canada) **Pre-designated to land lines. Not portable. *GETS=Government Emergency Telephone Service (U.S.) **Calling card initiated – portable, less convenient *WPS=Wireless Priority Service **Pre-designated. Includes GETS Communications Workgroup

  15. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Provide robust phone communications Develop a plan for adequate data capability Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  16. Develop a plan for adequate data capability Similar to the Phone item: Meet the need by planning to bring a variety of providers: Pre-wire designated command posts Most cost effective if said post is an existing operational unit, e.g. USCG Station Eastport. *”Air Cards”, multiple providers. **Can air cards be given WPS? *Satellite solutions (BGAN, Tachyon) Share bandwidth via routers/LAN Communications Workgroup

  17. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Provide robust phone communications Develop a plan for adequate data capability Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Communications Workgroup

  18. Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP): Outside (but overlaps) Comms WG skill set Recommend formation of IT working Group Too broad to address. Must narrow the query. *Need Operations/responders to provide prioritized abstract operational requirements Example next slide Communications Workgroup

  19. Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP): Example prioritized abstract operational requirements: 1) Shared white board. Must have. 2) Text chat. Nice to have. 3) Video conferencing. Definitely a luxury. 4) GIS application with ability to share overlays. Must have. etc. Communications Workgroup

  20. Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP): COP COP is too broad a requirement. For example, the USCG has at least 3 distinct “standard” COP systems. Focused COP operational requirements increase the chance Comms/IT WG can deliver what is needed most. Communications Workgroup

  21. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Provide robust phone communications Develop a plan for adequate data capability Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Leverage evolving international standards Communications Workgroup

  22. Leverage evolving international standards Example: AIS Most USCG vessels are equipped with AIS, more added every day Current capabilities: vessel tracking. Improves underlying COP capabilities. Future capability: Text chat Potential to be a highly effective comms path. Communications Workgroup

  23. CANUSLANT 2007 Key Recommendations Standardize comms plans between countries Provide robust phone communications Develop a plan for adequate data capability Investigate information management tools (voice/video/COP) Leverage evolving international standards Communications Workgroup