Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment from the Government of Canada that will support research into advanced communications to improve public safety. The funding will contribute towards greater coordination across public safety agencies while offering smaller companies the opportunity to test their products.
University of Regina researchers, led by Dr. Yasser Morgan, will use the funding to develop and demonstrate the Public Safety Interoperability Platform (PSIP). The platform will produce an advanced radio network that public safety agencies can plug into with their individual communications systems to share information by voice, video and data. The PSIP will be the critical linking mechanism between the existing communications systems, which currently are often incompatible with each other. The PSIP will also serve as a testbed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to test new technologies for the public safety, security and wireless broadband markets.
Federal funding of more than $2.3 million for establishing the PSIP at the University of Regina will be used to purchase and install hardware and configure specialized software to develop the new platform. The PSIP project is part of the University's Bridging Research and Interoperability Collaboration (BRIC) initiative.
"CATAAlliance applauds the on-going leadership the federal government continues to demonstrate in supporting Canada's public safety community in their need for mission-critical information and communications sharing technologies," says CATAAlliance's Chief Business Officer, Kevin Wennekes. "Following so closely on the recent federal budget commitments towards the provision of the necessary spectrum and initial funding for the eventual development of a national public safety broadband network, the BRIC initiative will provide a timely and instrumental response for a test-bed facility. The test-bed will help foster new innovations in technology and processes that will ultimately help save more Canadian lives in times of crises. CATAAlliance is pleased to have been a founding partner, supporter and advocate voice in the campaign for this national pursuit."
Live TechNOW Interview with Dr. Yasser Morgan
On Tuesday, June 16 at 4:00 PM EST, join Kevin Wennekes as he interviews the University of Regina's Dr. Yasser Morgan who has been the principle investigator for the BRIC initiative. This planned 10-minute interview will explain the institute's mandate, partnership opportunities, and details on how to get involved.
To view the live broadcast, tune in using the following link at the designated time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTNZnjziWUY
Related Content:For more information on this initiative, please review the following sites:
More on BRICView CATAAlliance's developing series of videos related to the advancement of a National Public Safety Broadband Network in Canada.
You can view other interviews featuring noted public safety leaders covering a wide range of topics on Kevin Wennekes' YouTube channel.
Also just launched, a complete compilation of over 40 public-safety related videos with more being added each week: https://vimeo.com/channels/securitypublicsafety.