The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC), and the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) have been working together since February 2006 to close the gap between First Responders and their procurement of advanced and appropriate information and communication technologies (ICT). This collaboration has involved numerous national research projects aimed at understanding and addressing Canadian First Responder ICT challenges, the cumulative findings of which identified the need for a Vendor Outreach Forum (VOF).
For the third consecutive year, CATA, CPRC, and CITIG are hosting a uniquely formatted and innovative First Responder VOF. Once again, the Forum will provide ICT and advanced security vendors and First Responder/Public Safety and Security (PSS) leaders with an opportunity to engage with one another to shape the direction of industry R&D, address current issues through cooperative action, and commence developing a Technology Roadmap for Canadian First Responders.
Building on the successful model and results realized during the 2008 Toronto Forum , the 2009 Calgary Forum and the intelligence documented in the resulting Summary Reports, this year’s VOF will seek to gather regional intelligence around the ICT needs of Maritime First Responder’s, and will once again include excellent national and international representation.++ Action Requested