On June 22nd in Ottawa, members of both the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) Board of Directors and CATAAlliance’s Public Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) are hosting a workshop comprised of first responder, industry, academic, and non-governmental organizations to review past policy recommendations for Canada’s Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) and determine their relevancy and validity in relation to the current stakeholder engagement being conducted by Public Safety Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS).
This workshop will feature an in-depth presentation from Christopher Algiere, Federal Consultation Lead, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as he provides updates on recent developments relating to the retaining of AT&T as their national provider, the unexpected speed in which AT&T has been able to ramp up its deployment, as well as offering insights into their governance and funding models: these latter two points being key areas of concern for Canadian stakeholders.
Watch this 8-minute briefing with Mr. Algiere as he shares an overview of his planned remarks at the PSBN workshop and offers a number of intriguing comments in relation to the AT&T partnership and their unique governance structure.
View the video here: https://vimeo.com/catanettv/firstnetcalgiere
Options to participate through videoconference or by viewing a live stream broadcast are available for interested parties. To indicate your interest in participating using these virtual means, please contact Kevin Wennekes at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 613.769.8614.
For organizations or individuals who cannot participate on June 22 but would like to comment and contribute to further consultations being planned by this coalition, please reach out to either Mr. Wennekes as per above or Eric Torunski at email@example.com
CATAAlliance and CITIG would like to thank its partners BlackBerry, General Dynamics Canada, and Motorola Canada, for their support for conducting this workshop.
On June 16, join CATAAlliance’s Katherine Thompson, Cyber Security Leader and Kevin Wennekes for an exclusive Public Safety & Advanced Security Briefing on the technology challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s public safety providers, including first responders, emergency management offices, public safety agencies, hospitals, port and border services, utilities, and public policy makers generally. Register at: http://cata.ca/2017/public-safety-security/
Recently, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) directed all telephone and mobile wireless companies to update their networks in order to be ready to provide next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) services by 2020. Watch this 6-minute briefing with Bill Elliott, member of the CRTC’s Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG) and 9-1-1 Advisor for FOX GROUP, as he provides an overview of the CRTC decision and its impact to industry, provinces, and ultimately every Canadian citizen. View this video at https://vimeo.com/catanettv/ng911billelliott
For the first time in their respective histories, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and CATAAlliance have joined forces to create a joint advisory body supporting the advancement of the national cybercrime strategy for Canada. More at: http://cata.ca/Communities/PSAB/News/psab_nr0271701.html
Check out CATAAlliance’s Vimeo Channels related to public safety and security.
Public Safety & Security Channel – over 100 interviews now available: https://vimeo.com/channels/securitypublicsafety
Cybercrime Confidential – newly launched in support of the eCrime Cyber Council mandate: https://vimeo.com/channels/cybercrimeconfidential
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