Public Safety & Interoperability White Papers: Thought Leadership from CATA Member, General Dynamics Canada: Join the Community Conversation today
August 19, 2013

CATAAlliance has identified Public Safety, Advanced Security & Interoperability as an advocacy, research and business opportunity priority. Our work is being advanced by a high level team drawn from the membership and organizational partners.

To this end we are pleased to report that General Dynamics Canada has completed a first paper entitled  “Enabling Interoperable Public Safety Communications: A Primer for Development of a National, Secure Mission Critical Network”. For a copy, please contact CATA CEO, John Reid at 

A second paper is being completed on how public safety organizations can move from a reactive to proactive state. 

First paper (completed)

The first paper recommended what public safety organizations could do to move towards a Canadian interoperable network. It suggested public safety organizations could work with industry and academia to build test bed infrastructures that leverage existing independent infrastructures through a collaborative process between public safety agencies, industry, and academia. In this way, all stakeholders can use the test bed to test, trial and tweak solutions for public safety and evolve solutions over time in a controlled environment. 

Second paper (in draft)

This paper will explain how public safety organizations can move from a reactive state to proactive state where they can control the development (at a lower cost and lower time to deploy) of the ideal interoperable network by leveraging for their specific needs for crime and EMS patterns:

·         A test bed created by the University of Regina—The Bridging Research & Interoperability Centre (BRIC)—and connected to existing national networks such as CANARIE, The Moose Network, SRNET, and WDNET

·         Juniper routing and SDN network hardware and application enablement environment

·         GDC LTE access network elements and devices

·         Mapping and leveraging existing network infrastructure

·         Offering the most flexibility, low cost step in

·         Dynamic multi country (Canada and US) test bed with low cost customisable solutions

·         Mapping in M2M devices

·         Mapping in P25

·         Ensuing that this direction becomes the road map of existing public safety application vendors 

As such, this is a joint paper between GDC, BRIC, and Juniper. It will explain the opportunity this test bed infrastructure presents to test any application, device, or network elements and determine which ones provide the functionality they need and the economic and social benefits required to justify creation of the ideal network. It is expected that we will miss the mark the first few times as the requirements are so different. But by offering the constructs of a solution we can move forward.… We need to ensure the cost to change is close to zero. 

We need to add in how this is done with the architecture and how simple it is to integrate it into other technologies. We will need to show how this can help public safety on social and economic level where technology is just a tool. Increasing security at a lower cost. 

The paper will attempt to show what we can do and how it’s done and then point to the test bed to say that’s where you do it.

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