Overcoming Interoperability - The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 4, 2017 4:00:00 AM

Interoperability!. Chances are, it is a term we don’t think about too much.  It is defined as the ability of a system to work smoothly and reciprocally with the equipment in another system.  In  times of crisis, interoperability between  first responders is critical.  Unfortunately, in many areas of the country, emergency personnel do not have  access to the broadband and cutting edge technology that consumers do.  Congressman Donald Payne Jr., who serves as Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, has asserted that enabling police, fire and medical services to use the same bandwidth in emergencies is among our biggest challenges.  Fortunately, there is a branch of The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the  Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) whose purpose is to conduct research into overcoming obstacles to  interoperability among emergency systems.  They are currently offering the NIST Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program to enhance the ability of public safety operations to protect the public through more sophisticated communication setups.


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Topics: Law Enforcement, Fire Grants, Telecommunications

Broadband Adoption: Lessons Learned from Local Government

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 28, 2013 6:30:00 AM

Last week I discussed the issue of expanding broadband to disadvantaged populations and how this infrastructure requires both the support of the target community and improved “digital literacy” in communities. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) hosted a lessons learned webinar on May 20 to relate the successful strategies of the Recovery Act-funded Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and to provide a broadband adoption toolkit for local governments interested in replicating successful projects. This follow-up article highlights some of the inspiring examples provided by the BTOP presenters, who spearheaded projects that creatively assessed community needs and harnessed partnerships to improve economies and communities alike.

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Topics: eCivis Resources, Partnerships, Telecommunications, Rural Issues

BTOP Webinar: Thinking Outside the Broadband Box

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 22, 2013 3:37:00 PM

How many Americans lack access to high-speed internet service?

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Topics: Local Government, eCivis Resources, Telecommunications, Rural Issues