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Considering these are top drivers for communities to adopt FirstNet
capabilities, many may be in a holding or wait-and-see pattern with
regard to spending as they await the network's deployment.

differing preferred methods. Hiring an LMR consultant to oversee the process was the marginal favorite, with only 22 percent of
responses. Dealing directly with the radio manufacturer, which
is how the industry traditionally has performed upgrades, was
the second top preference. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 19 percent
responded that they do not know what method their community
prefers for procurement.
Hiring a third-party consultant can ensure that infrastructure planning includes an analysis of current public safety
communications capabilities and new technical requirements
and that the infrastructure is designed comprehensively for
optimal return on investment. When compared with other
city-wide smart initiatives, several parallels exist in planning
for new technology integration.
MANAGING THE SMART CITY/
PUBLIC SAFETY INTEGRATION

Outside of FirstNet, not only can the procurement process for
public safety communication upgrades be pricey - particularly with
so many technologies available - but integration can be complicated. Survey respondents seem to reflect this sentiment, indicating

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Paul Scutieri is the Sales Director for Public Safety within
Black & Veatch's telecommunications business. In this position,
Scutieri leads business development initiatives including identifying, cultivating and managing client support relationships and
developing direct-to-system owner support opportunities. He
previously managed RF communications for the New York State
Statewide Wireless Network with Harris Corp. He currently serves
on two Association of Public-Safety Communications OfficialsInternational (APCO) committees: the Emerging Technology
Committee and the APCO Historical Committee.

PSC | May/June 2017

SYSTEM PROCUREMENT BEST PRACTICES

Similar to public safety communications upgrades, smart
city initiatives face barriers in financing and master planning
challenges. However, the demand for reliable and interoperable
communications is not expected to abate, despite already limited resources. With that said, it is no wonder that public safety
survey responses mirror those of other municipal agencies who
believe government grants and public-private partnerships may
be the most effective financing models for funding projects of
this magnitude.
Regardless of the funding mechanism used, technological
advances should synchronize to achieve common goals, providing better services for citizens. Gaps in currently deployed
systems, such as lack of adequate coverage and old or obsolete
equipment and technologies, may be narrowed by integrating
public safety initiatives with more comprehensive smart city
plans. Community-wide communications networks and data
sharing will play a significant role in smart when planning public
safety communications upgrades, public safety agencies should
partner with community leadership to ensure that interoperability with other smart city assets is accounted for in master
planning. The more these objectives and eventual tactics align,
the more a community will benefit in the long-term, becoming
a smarter, more efficient and safer city.

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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
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - President’s Channel
PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - On Scene
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Public Safety Communications Systems: The Future Is Smart
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Evolution of the PSAP
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - E-Comm: A Model for Consolidated Emergency Communications and Public Safety Support
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - The Dos and Don’ts of Designing Your Communications Center on a Budget
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - When Germs Attack – Help Your PSAP Fight Back
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - How a Scheduling System Can Save Your Sanity
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PSC - May/June 2017 Issue - Advances in Quality Assurance and Improvement Software
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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 - Managing Peers in the PSAP & CDE Exam
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