3rd Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum Launch: RCMP CTO Keynote, Technology Road Map & Research Materials available
June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010

3rd Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum Launched - RCMP CTO to Provide Keynote

Calgary Forum Report also now available

Contact: Emily Boucher, Media Adviser at eboucher@cata.ca or 613-236-6550

    Read: Visit: First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum Website

Ottawa, June 14, 2010 CATAAlliance has launched it's third annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum, this year taking place in the Atlantic Canada region and being headlined by an opening keynote by Michael Doucet, Chief Technology Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Forums provide a dynamic, interactive environment where ICT vendors get the rare opportunity to meet exclusively with leaders from Canada's First Responder and Public Safety and Security (PSS) community as the groups work towards ending Canada's interoperability crisis and technology gap. The Forums apply a unique "Dragon's Den" approach coupled with a series of first responder led dialogues has proven to be a valuable format for all who participate.

"These CATA Forums have proven to be an outstanding environment to facilitate open and honest discussion among vendors and Canada's public safety practitioners," says Inspector (Ret'd) Lance Valcour with the Canadian Police Research Centre and Project Manager for the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG). "Both first responders and vendors derive tremendous value through the Forums, with industry receiving a unique opportunity to demonstrate their product or service to a key group of our technology and procurement stakeholders, while we gain from getting a better understanding of what's out there and share our needs and procurement approach in an open and transparent way."

With many vendors reporting point of sale returns at the previous Forum, and the majority indicating they plan on returning for future events, it is anticipated that Boardrooms and registration space will fill up fast. First Responder organizations already committed to participate include: Halifax Regional Police, Cape Breton Regional Police, Truro Police, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Service, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Fire Services, Halifax Regional Municipality Emergency Management Organization, and the Canadian Forces.


Calgary Forum Report Now Available

Also released today is the Calgary Forum summary report, which identifies the challenges, technology needs, and next steps in addressing the current nation-wide interoperability crisis among Canada's First Responders, while further providing competitive insights into their procurement practices as well as current and future ICT needs. The 25-page report summarizes the presentations and key themes from the Calgary Forum and outlines the current challenges faced by Canadian First Responders, such as:
  • Lack of government policy and funding
  • Technology as both a barrier and enabler for interoperability
  • Achieving balance between corporate social responsibility vs. profitability
  • Procurement obstacles
  • Lack of awareness regarding existing solutions
  • Identifying future technology needs and providers
As an added bonus, the report is accompanied by downloadable presentations provided by many of the Forum's speakers and panelists, from organizations such as the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Calgary Fire Department, Canada Task Force 2, Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Health Services, Defence Research and Development Canada, and many others.


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The summary report and presentations are free of charge for CATA members and Research subscribers, or available for purchase separately or in a special bundled offer for all others. You can obtain your copies by visiting the CATA Research Repository at: CATA First Responder VOF 2009 in Calgary – Summary Report

Special Offer - Order the Calgary Forum Report, and receive the Toronto report and presentations for free! The Toronto Package will be automatically sent to all those who order this report.

Sponsor or register to attend the Atlantic Canada Forum and receive this entire package for free! Upon registering, contact CATA's VP Research, Kevin Wennekes, at kwennekes@cata.ca for details.

Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance)
Tel: (613) 236-6550, http://www.cata.ca