A New Initiative is Making Canadian Public Safety Provider Interoperability a Priority
October 02, 2007

Dear CATA members and Stakeholders,

I am pleased to announce the CATAAlliance's cooperation with a new initiative that aims to improve interoperability between and amongst Canadian public safety service providers.

Known as the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), the Group brings together representatives from public safety, industry, academia, government and non-governmental organizations to help shape the direction of research and development activities related to interoperability amongst Canadian public safety providers. The CITIG was founded earlier this year by the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC) in conjunction with the Canadian Association of the Chiefs of Police (CACP). Since that time, others including the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC) have gotten involved.

The CITIG's research and development work may be of particular interest to CATAAlliance members/stakeholders. An important part of the Group's work involves identifying and funding interoperability research. In that regard, a call for proposed areas of research and/or development is now open. Any public sector employee of a Canadian public safety sector agency is invited to submit a proposal. Private sector members are encouraged to actively seek out public sector organizations to partner with on a proposal. The current call for projects closes October 31, 2007. The simple two-page application form, as well as details about the funding eligibility and criteria, can be found on the CITIG Web site at http://www.cprc.org/citig.

Equally interesting, the first ever Canadian Interoperability Forum will be held on October 11 in Toronto. CATAAlliance members/Stakeholders are invited to participate in person at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North (in Richmond Hill) from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or via teleconference. A similar meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to noon (A.S.T.) in St. John's, Newfoundland. Please register as soon as possible so CITIG representatives can confirm their numbers - again, see http://www.cprc.org/citig for full details.

Please join me in wishing the CITIG success. Ultimately, it should lead to the enhancement of public safety communications in Canada, and perhaps directly benefit various CATAAlliance members/Stakeholders. Any inquiries can be sent to citig@crpc.org.

Sincerely,

Kevin Wennekes
VP Research
CATAAlliance