Complete the Broadband for Public Safety Consultation Survey: CATA VP of Research Update
January 27, 2011

In cooperation with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), and the Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC), an online survey has been developed for the purpose of collecting your individual views regarding the 700 MHz Broadband for Public Safety Campaign. Your feedback will be aggregated into a final summary report which will feed into and comprise part of the written submissions being made to Industry Canada’s (IC) ongoing consultation.

The survey can be accessed using this link: http://survey.epenso.com/survey/s?s=Broadband4PSCampaign

Given the urgency presented in the submission deadline for the IC consultation (Feb 28), I would like to ask each of you to take the approximate 5 minutes needed to complete this short survey right away. The official deadline for submitting a response is Feb. 18.  

This consultation is open to every Canadian receiving this email – First Responders, vendors, military personnel, border agents, public servants, or simply as a concerned citizen. This survey was only launched this morning with respective announcements from CACP, CAFC, and EMSCC to soon follow, and a link will also soon be posted to the www.action700.ca web site. So hopefully, this will be just the first of a number of notices you receive regarding this important consultation – please be sure to contribute and to forward this link to others you feel should have a say.

Second Tri-Service Public Consultation Planned

Based on the overwhelming success of our first public consultation with the tri-service leaders last week in Ottawa, a second open consultation is now being planned for the week of February 15 and is looking most likely to take place in Toronto. More details to soon follow. Pencil in the 15 or 16 on your calendars if you think you might want to participate and drop me a line with your interest so I know to reach out to you first as a member of my personal network.

Media Interest

We’re slowly starting to see some media interest in the issue. Check out the article in this past weekend’s Ottawa Citizen: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr01221101.html — I understand that other interview requests have recently been fielded so we can expect to see more information coming soon. Let me know if you come across any of your own as we’re doing our best to track this.

Other Security-Related Items on Interest

·         From my friends over at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade – senior executives from Lockheed Martin (President of The Americas), BoozAllenHamilton, Avaya, Boeing and Akamai are seeking Ontario IT suppliers of innovative mobile content and applications, heath IT, software as a service, cloud, cyber security, smartgrid, biometrics and physical security technologies. Space is limited to 50 attendees – deadline to apply for one is Jan 28. The program, organized by the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Government of Ontario, includes a seminar followed by networking and pre-approved 1:1 meetings between Ontario companies with the visiting U.S. executives. Contact elaine.marks@ontario.ca and cc mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca requesting a copy of the application form.

·         Download an MP3 version of the recent teleconference with Sir Terence Matthews, Chair of Mitel and Wesley Clover and CATA’s National Spokesperson regarding ICT market opportunities in 2011 with a focus on the security space, who is joined by George Krausz, Motorola  VP and CATA Leadership Council Director, who provides an update on the status of the Broadband for Public Safety Campaign and its importance to all Canadians (free to all First Responders – email me on how to get a copy)

·         Supply Chain Opportunity: Secure City Technology Alliance - seeking to identify innovative Canadian organizations developing technologies and capabilities which are a strategic match with its technology and innovations focus

That’s it for now, except of course for my familiar refrain that you should all join CATA or contribute individually by becoming a paid research subscriber. As a non-profit, your funding through membership fees and research purchases goes directly back into the communities we serve. Help us advance these critical initiatives through your direct support.   

Kevin Wennekes, VP of Research, CATAAlliance

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