Important Public Safety, Advanced Security & Interoperability Updates from the desk of Kevin Wennekes, VP, Research, CATAAlliance: Respond today
November 21, 2011

Some very time sensitive and relevant opportunities below – engage with us today in these important areas of public safety, advances security & interoperability!

Canadian Law Enforcement Data Exchange Forum – Ottawa – Thursday, December 8th

In partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Public Safety Canada, and the Centre for Security Sciences, CATAAlliance is pleased to host a Canadian Law Enforcement Data Exchange Forum on the implementation of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).

Canadian vendors, developers and implementers, as well as law enforcement stakeholders, are invited to participate in this interactive Forum on Canadian Law Enforcement Data Exchange at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8th.

 For more details, please see this link – there’s only limited seating available so please register soon:

First Responder Technology Roadmap – Nominations for Steering Committee Members

 In partnership with the Canadian Police Research Centre and the National Research Council of Canada, CATAAlliance is spearheading the launch of the First Responder Technology Roadmap.

The inaugural Steering Committee launch session is scheduled to take place on December 15th in Ottawa. Nominations are now being accepted for those interested in helping steer this initiative forward.

We are seeking a total of 10 First Responder and 10 Vendor members to sit on this Committee.

If you are interested in being a part of the Steering Committee, any First Responder should contact Steve Palmer, Director of the CPRC directly (note that CPRC is covering travel and accommodation expenses of the Responder Committee members). His email is:

If you are a vendor and interested in being a part of this Committee (joining current SC member firms such as Motorola, General Dynamics Canada, Lightsquared, and Inter-Op Canada), please contact  to learn what is involved.

Nominations must be received by the end of the month!  The Roadmap will require extensive public consultation and will see events taking place in cities across Canada in early 2012. Keep your eyes peeled to these emails or our Linked In sites for information on how to participate at one of the sessions nearest you.

Call for Interested Parties to help shape the 700 MHz mobile broadband network for emergency responders

Public Safety Canada’s (PS) Interoperability Development Office (IDO) and the Centre for Security Science (CSS) have launched an initiative to define the Operational Requirements for 4G mobile wireless broadband services in the 700 megahertz (MHz) spectrum.  The IDO and CSS are reaching out to the public safety community, equipment suppliers, service providers, consultants, academia, and the information and communications technology community at large for individuals interested in contributing their time and experience in this foundational effort of great importance to Canada’s security and the safety of its citizens and neighbours. The Requirements-development process will be launched at an interactive workshop to be held on December 7, 2011 in Ottawa.

For more information concerning this notice please contact Bernard St-Laurent at 613-991-7765 or by email at  or Jack Pagotto at 613- 944-8169 or by email at  as soon as possible. Few seats remain and we have asked them for a registration deadline extension in order to allow me to reach out to you on this.

Agenda Released for the Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop!

Ottawa is the place to be from December 4 to 7 for the Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, and this year's event is shaping up to be the best ever with lots of great new speakers, workshops and new exhibitors. Be sure to catch the session featuring CATA’s EVP, Barry Gander, as he shares updates on the First Responder LTE Testbed being developed in Ottawa.

CATAAlliance is sponsoring a booth again this year and will be providing free research subscriptions, USB sticks, and a draw for one of several bottles of libations – be sure to drop by and say hello!

For complete information, go to

Bits and Bytes

Future updates will be forthcoming on these items, but always feel free to contact us anytime for more immediate information:

·         The recent First Responder Mission to China was a success,  setting the stage for  for strategic follow up next year with an even larger delegation.  Special thanks and recognition to Mission Champions Chief Mario Harel, Gatineau Police Services, Chief Stephen Gamble, Fire Chief of Langley Township, British Columbia, and Chief Michael Nolan, President of the EMSCC. We will be providing a public debrief of the mission soon and look forward to sharing the experiences and insights

.·         Doing business or thinking of doing business in the Netherlands? Please take 5 short minutes to answer this survey and/or participate in an interview with Angela Hooijmaijers, our Dutch University intern.

 ·         Our Vancouver First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum was definitely one of the best ones yet. Next year is in Ottawa on October 16 & 17. Once again, a sell-out of the Dragon’s Den experience is expected. Reserve your space now and receive a 10% Rapid Response discount. Contact us now for details.

 Profile of the Month

Inter-Op Canada. ( is headed by JP Safar and Marc Lamothe, who truly reminds us of the long-fabled little engine that could! Their executive team is tireless, optimistic, and savy. Their product rocks too! They have been CATA members for a number of years, and always seem to strive to punch above their weight. They’ve sponsored all but one of the Vendor Outreach Forums, are taking a leadership role in our Technology Roadmap, and participate in our public safety initiatives to make full use of the networking and business developing opportunities these provide them. They have secured new business as a direct result of their CATA involvement which is of course always a story we like to share! Whether a First Responder looking for their technology, or as a vendor looking for validation on the value CATA can bring to you as a member, please do not hesitate to contact Iner-Op Canada. JP Safar can be reached at:  

Kevin Wennekes
VP, Research, CATAAlliance

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