Public Safety, Advanced Security & Interoperability Update from the desk of Kevin Wennekes, VP Research, CATAAlliance
April 19, 2012

700 MHz Broadband for Public Safety Network Industry Consultation – May 22-24

Save the dates for this three-day industry consultation being hosted in collaboration with Public Safety Canada, Defence Research and Development Canada /Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) CATAAlliance, and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Alliance.


Using our Vendor Outreach Forum methodology, this three-day consultation being held in Ottawa will involve a combination of speaker and panel presentations, town hall exchanges, and private Executive Boardroom discussions to report on and seek industry feedback on the Charter of Incorporation for the national entity needed to manage the pending development of a National Public Safety Broadband Network. (See this link for some added background on the workshop from which this Charter originated.)


The official registration portal for this event is currently under construction and will be published early next week. The draft Charter has been approved for public release and will also be available for download through the portal. Attendance will be limited to 130 participants (vendors only). So shoot me an email if you would like me to follow-up with you personally with the registration link on the day the site is ultimately launched in order to best guarantee your participation.


CATA Gala Awards – Last Week to Nominate Public Safety Champions

The Gala Award ceremony is almost sold out, but there is still time to nominate deserving public safety and security practitioners.


The Motorola Award for Public Safety Technology recognizes a Canadian organization for an outstanding technology engineering development which has resulted in the production of a world-class Public Safety product. There are also the Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology Award and a similar category for Public Sector leaders. Last year, we had four public safety themed winners. Take a moment to review the award categories and descriptions, then nominate those you feel deserving using the link below. Nomination deadline has been extended to this Friday, April 20th. It only takes a few minutes to nominate and there are many well-deserving candidates out there!


Public Safety Perspectives Webinars: Sign Up Today

Take a moment to review the newly-launched, dedicated site we’ve created to centrally house these monthly discussions with noted public safety leaders. Bookmark this page for future reference as we will be using this to post all past downloadable recordings and promote upcoming discussions:


Last month’s interview with RCMP CIO Michael Doucet is now available for download, and be sure to sign-up today for our April 26 session featuring the latest results from IDC’s CPRC-funded study on Land Mobile Radio spending and the implications for interoperability amongst first responders. Use this link for more details:


We’ve also created a special All-Access Pass for those unfortunate few who are not CATA members (or one of our respected First Responder friends) and therefore unable to access these cost-free. For a mere $195 (vs. $45 a session) you can now too feel a bit of the special warmth offered our Members or Responders in that all past and future content will be available to you unconditionally and cost-free as well!


Thanks again to the Canadian Police Research Centre, and specifically Executive Director Steve Palmer, for their stewardship and partnership in this important series!


Diamond Jubilee Medal Nominees – Selection Committee Required Immediately

CATA has been selected by the Office of the Governor General of Canada, as one of the organizations privileged to decide on the awarding of a select number of Diamond Jubilee Medals. The Diamond Jubilee Medals are being minted in honour of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.


We have been informed that 8 of these medals are being dedicated to recognizing those in Canada’s public safety and security fields.


To help us do so, I am looking for 8-10 volunteers to serve on a selection committee. Ideally, we will have a mix of responders, public service and private sector executives help lead this process. Serving on this committee does not negate your ability to receive one of these medals as a result of your potential nomination among your peers.  


Please contact the undersigned right away if you’re interested in helping to recognize 8 worthy public safety and security candidates for this notable award. Our nominations are being asked to be finalized by July 1, so our work will begin right away.


Note that as our launch session will require at least a half-day planning session in Ottawa, and as there is no funding available to offset any potential travel costs, preference will be provided to local senior representatives/executives or those who indicate they are willing to assume these costs in order to participate.


5th Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum (VOF)

The Forum site is almost ready to launch and I’m giving those of you in my network the first real look at it before we go public. We’re still finalizing the speakers agenda and adding to the “Dragons” list, and additions are being made on an almost daily basis right now so do check back often for updates.


Vendors take note that half of the Boardrooms are already sold, and with those companies I've been speaking to who have indicated an interest, these remaining Boardrooms are pretty much already spoken for. That said, they are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so please contact me right away if you want to ensure your own session is secured. There is still time to have your branding added before we launch to the 1 million plus recipients of our newsletter and social media broadcasts, so if your logo is not there now and it should be, contact me right away.


If you are a First Responder interested in becoming one of our Dragons, please do not hesitate to contact either myself, Lance Valcour (CITIG), or DC Michael Sullivan (Ottawa Fire) for information on what is involved and why you should be participating.


Until the public launch next week (hoping to firm up the vast majority of speakers in that time), please share this link on a limited basis:


Welcome to New Members Supporting our Security Mandate

Welcome Litco Systems Inc. and CASSIDIAN as CATA’s newest members supporting our public safety and security initiatives – further demonstrated by each company also sponsoring the Ottawa VOF. Litco Systems, who only acted as a registered participant in last year’s VOF in Vancouver, was so impressed with the format they signed on as an official Breakfast Sponsor this year, and CASSIDIAN has agreed to become a Silver sponsor of the Forum in an agreement so recent that we have not yet received their logo for inclusion on the Forum site. Also note that Litco has a special offer for CATA members as revealed in their new member announcement


Other Notes of Interest

 ·         New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) Incoming Trade Delegation – along with our partner the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), CATA will be hosting a special one-day Information session and business ‘match-making’ Forum. Approximately 25 New Zealand companies providing public safety and security solutions comprise this delegation and we are planning an event to take place June 11 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa that will bring recognized First Responders together with them to share procurement best practices/approaches, discuss the Canadian public safety environment, and introduce them to Canadian vendors with whom potential B2B opportunities exist. Send us a quick line if you’re interested in learning more.

·         Speaking of CITIG, the organization has just successfully completed its transition to a fully independent non-profit organization. Expect even more tremendous results from them in this new operational model, and you’ll probably see many more joint initiatives between us.  

·         Security companies take note: our next TSX capital investment seminar is taking place May 10 in Waterloo. Ottawa was a complete success and we’re hoping to announce positive developments for the companies that participated very soon, and mirroring the success with ValtX who secured $7 million in funding opportunities in our first such event! To apply to be one of the five companies to participate in Waterloo, please see this link for information:

·         We had a fantastic turn-out among the vendor community for our launch of the Emergency Responder Buyer’s Group steering committee. Our next step is to solicit greater feedback on the vendor community’s input amongst the First Responder user community themselves. The CPRC is willing to offset the travel costs for Responders who care to contribute to a planned Responder-only consultation. This next session is being scheduled for early May, so please contact me right away to indicate your interest and obtain a copy of the consultation paper that has been developed regarding this initiative.  


Profile of the Month – The EDGE Innovation Network

Instead of a person, this month I've decided to feature an innovative concept centre as represented by the EDGE Innovation Network. As described by their website, the EDGE® Innovation Network is a revolutionary model where industry, academia, and non-profit organizations, along with government entities, collaborate in an open community environment to rapidly deliver new technologies and innovative capabilities to warfighters and first responders. Its mission is to create and maintain an open environment where members and customers can characterize, nurture, develop and deliver current and emerging technologies and capabilities to equip a more mobile, better connected and better informed end-user. The EDGE is sponsored General Dynamics C4 Systems (and yes, they are a valued member!). It was a very informative day and kudos are deserved for the thought leaders behind this initiative.

++ Action Item: For more details on any of the above initiatives, please contact:

Kevin Wennekes
VP, Research
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