Secure City Technology Alliance: CATA's newest sponsor: Public Safety, First Responders and Critical Infrastructure Protection
September 20, 2010

We are very pleased to announce that Secure City Technology Alliance (SCTA) has joined the growing ranks of new CATA sponsors, supportive of the industry's Innovation Nation Campaign and utilizing CATA Resources to help grow their businesses.

Secure City Technology Alliance (SCTA)

SCTA founding members comprise industry leaders in wireless networks and services, video surveillance, and data and voice networking, and include:  BelAir Networks, Benbria, Bridgewater Systems, DragonWave, March Networks, Mitel, Solace Systems and the Wesley Clover Group of Companies.  

City, municipal and state governments today face significant pressure to ensure that their emergency teams can prevent, respond to and recover from disasters and threats – both man-made and natural – in an informed and coordinated manner. Their mandate is broad, spanning critical infrastructure concerns such as airports, seaports, railways, subways, electrical power systems, water supplies and gas utilities. Further complicating this responsibility is the fact that these teams must manage emergency events using disparate and complex systems across multiple groups, jurisdictions, formalized command structures and varying standard operating procedures

To improve today’s systems, government agencies need a flexible platform that will allow them to collaborate more effectively among government organizations, non-government services and civilians. SCTA aims to work with systems integrators and consultants to deliver end-to-end wireless solutions that support integrated voice communications, video surveillance, sensor monitoring, mass notification and telecollaboration capabilities. Its members have ensured interoperability across their solutions to simplify the integration process and save organizations both time and money.

“This is an opportunity to transform how our public and civilian organizations deal with threats and emergency incidents,” said Terence Matthews, a technology industry enthusiast who has founded or funded more than 80 technology companies and will serve as SCTA Chairman. “The challenge is to improve interoperability between communications and security systems to enable immediate, coordinated responses to emergency incidents. We are uniting world-class technology companies and thought leaders to ensure we fully realize the capabilities of safety and security organizations globally.”

“We are seeing increasing global interest in these types of secure city initiatives, as governments begin to modernize their telecommunications and security infrastructure. In response, we have formed SCTA to bring together best-of-breed telecommunications and security suppliers for integrated city surveillance solutions that are fast to deploy, reliable and easy to manage,” said Peter Strom, President and CEO of SCTA member March Networks. “We look forward to working with our partner members to introduce these innovative solutions to our markets and help our customers maximize the potential of their IP video surveillance networks.”


++ Action Item: Please review an open letter from Sir Terry Matthews, CATA's National Spokesperson, on Why Join CATA. In the Open letter, there is also a link to a CATANet TV video interview of CATA President, John Reid, talking about business leverage provided by the CATAAlliance.

Companies with an interest in Public Safety, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Interoperability should contact CATA's VP of Research, Kevin Wennekes, at kwennekes@cata.ca