PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 14

Public Safety
Communications Systems:

THE FUTURE
IS SMART
By Paul Scutieri

T

he smart city movement is no longer just a
trend. The fact is that most cities now are
"smart" or getting smart, with those that
have not embraced technology being in
the minority. As cities and municipalities continue to
explore how to apply technology to improve the lives
of their citizens, public safety communications, too,
should be aligned with these overall goals.
Survey results from the Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions:
Smart City/Smart Utility Report explore how public safety communication technologies are already advancing in step with other smart
technologies, with long-term evolution (LTE) networks, applications
and radio systems allowing first responders to operate more effectively
and gain increased levels of on-scene information. The first nationwide
broadband network solely for first responders, currently being built by
the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, will also enhance
communication capabilities through voice, data, video and pictures.

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NEXTGEN PUBLIC SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

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Land-mobile radio (LMR) has served as the industry standard
for public safety communications for decades, with many operating
beyond their intended lifespan. However, limited funding, among
other factors, has ensured that LMR systems will continue to be in use
for many more years. More than half - 54 percent - of public safety
agencies are currently utilizing digital mobile radio (DMR) technologies through LMR. However, LTE applications were the second most
prevalent in usage, being used by 39 percent of respondents.

LTE applications will eventually allow public safety agencies to
receive information not only through voice applications but also
text, photos and videos. Real-time data transmission will increase
efficiency for first responders and can accelerate response times.
Broadband data applications currently in use are dominated by
mapping, used by 73 percent of survey respondents, followed by work
order management (47 percent) and database searches (40 percent).
Reliable data from these applications is already playing a vital role
in rapid incident response and dispatch.
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS
SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE

Modern public safety communications systems are being designed
with resiliency and reliability in mind. Redundancy, interoperability,
maintainability and ubiquitous wide-area coverage were selected
by survey respondents as the most critical elements of a resilient
and reliable system. To obtain these benefits, agencies will need to
invest in new technologies such as high-speed data networks and
new systems. They will also need to be scalable to support long-term
community goals.
More than one quarter of survey respondents, however, indicated
that within the next two to three years capital budgets may include
less than $1 million for upgrading public safety communications,
a fraction of the total overall cost. Budget uncertainty may also
be affected by the impending rollout of the National Public Safety
Broadband Network that FirstNet is currently building.
FirstNet's anticipated contract award has already faced many delays
and may be the source of ambiguity for many city and municipality
budgets. Once operational, FirstNet could help increase interoperability and improve safety and security for public safety professionals.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PSC - May/June 2017 Issue

President’s Channel
On Scene
Public Safety Communications Systems: The Future Is Smart
Evolution of the PSAP
E-Comm: A Model for Consolidated Emergency Communications and Public Safety Support
The Dos and Don’ts of Designing Your Communications Center on a Budget
When Germs Attack – Help Your PSAP Fight Back
How a Scheduling System Can Save Your Sanity
Advances in Quality Assurance and Improvement Software
9-1-1, Show Us Your Emergency
High Performance CPR & CDE Exam
Managing Peers in the PSAP & CDE Exam
Direct Channel With APCO
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Intro
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - President’s Channel
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - On Scene
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 12
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 13
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Public Safety Communications Systems: The Future Is Smart
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 15
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Evolution of the PSAP
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 18
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 19
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - E-Comm: A Model for Consolidated Emergency Communications and Public Safety Support
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 21
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - The Dos and Don’ts of Designing Your Communications Center on a Budget
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 23
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - When Germs Attack – Help Your PSAP Fight Back
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 25
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 28
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 29
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - How a Scheduling System Can Save Your Sanity
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 31
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Advances in Quality Assurance and Improvement Software
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 35
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 9-1-1, Show Us Your Emergency
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - High Performance CPR & CDE Exam
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - 43
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Managing Peers in the PSAP & CDE Exam
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Direct Channel With APCO
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