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Title: Improving Public Safety Wireless Communications and Interoperability

Improving Public Safety Wireless Communications
and Interoperability
  • March 2, 2017

David Boyd, Director Dereck Orr, Chief of
Staff Office 202.772.9958
SAFECOM serves as the umbrella program within the
Federal Government to coordinate the efforts of
local, state, federal, and tribal public safety
agencies working to improve public safety
response through more effective, efficient,
interoperable wireless communications
  • SAFECOM was created to coordinate
    interoperability efforts across the Federal
  • SAFECOM is one of the Presidents top three
    E-Government initiatives
  • SAFECOM is a program driven by public safety
  • Dedicated to develop better technologies and
    processes for the cross-jurisdictional and
    cross-disciplinary coordination of existing
    systems and future networks
  • Responsible for outreach to local, state, and
    federal public safety agencies and to assist in
    interoperability planning and implementation

Program Background
  • SAFECOM is the first national program designed by
    public safety for public safety.SAFECOM makes
    it possible for the public safety community to
    leverage resources by promoting coordination and
    cooperation across all levels of government.

With its partners, SAFECOM is working to assure a
safer America through effective public safety
SAFECOMs efforts are funded by a number of
federal partners
Department of Homeland Security
The local public safety community is the
practitioner of interoperability
Level of Local Public Safety Needs Across
Operational Scenarios
  • Local agencies are primarily concerned with
    communications within their own agency, but must
    work with other surrounding agencies
  • The local public safety communitys
    responsibilities range from
  • Stabilizing the situation to
  • Establishing initial communications links
  • Local and state agencies own more than 90 percent
    of the existing public safety communications
  • A survey indicates that nearly one-third of local
    public safety agencies cite interoperability as

  • Vehicular pursuit
  • Automobile accident
  • Day-to-day fire operations

  • Airplane crash
  • Bombing
  • Forest fire

State and Federal
  • Extended recovery operations

SAFECOM Accomplishments to Date
  • Completed Version 1.0 of the first ever
    comprehensive Public Safety Statement of
    Requirements for Communications and
  • Released Request for Information about cutting
    edge technologies related to public safety
    communications and interoperability and received
    150 responses
  • Completed Version 1.0 of a clearinghouse for
    communications grant information
  • Established a Federal Interagency Coordination
    Council (FICC) to coordinate funding, technical
    assistance, and standards development across the
    federal government for communications and
  • Initiated an effort to accelerate the development
    of critical standards for public safety
    communications and interoperability, including
    the Project 25 standards

SAFECOM Accomplishments to Date (cont.)
  • Gained the support of local and state public
    safety, as demonstrated in a letter of support
    from the nations major practitioner and policy
    making associations related to public safety
    communications and interoperability
  • Finalized Governance structure
  • Created a coordinated Grant Guidance which was
    incorporated in the FY03 COPS and FEMA awards
  • Held Strategic Planning Session to outline the
    programs activities with input from local,
    state, and federal public safety stakeholders
  • Represented local and state public safety through
    participation in the White House Spectrum Policy
    Task Force

With the advent of the SAFECOM Program public
safety, state and local government finally have
both a voice in public safety discussions at the
federal level and confidence that the federal
government is coordinating its resources.
SAFECOM Stakeholder Expectations
The following initiatives were developed by the
Public Safety Community at the San Diego Planning
Session in December
  • Create a baseline of public safety communications
    and interoperability
  • Complete the comprehensive Public Safety
    Statement of Requirements (SoR)
  • Create a one-stop shop for public safety
    communications and interoperability
  • Integrate coordinated grant guidance across all
    grant making agencies
  • Develop a process to advance standards
  • Provide technical assistance for public safety
    communications and interoperability
  • Develop tools to help jurisdictions build a
    business case to improve interoperability
  • Research, develop, test evaluate (RDTE)
    existing emerging technologies for improved
    public safety communications and interoperability

SAFECOM Activities
SAFECOM is currently performing work in three
focus areas to achieve its goals
  • Architecture
  • Statement of Requirements (SoR)
  • Develop Technical Architectural Framework
  • Technical gap analysis
  • Research and Development (RD)
  • Testing and Evaluation (TE)
  • Vendor Days Process
  • National Interoperability Baseline Methodology
  • Standards
  • P25 acceleration
  • Project MESA support
  • Standards gap analysis
  • Standards process
  • Federal Coordination
  • Virginia Strategic Planning Project
  • Clearinghouse of Interoperability Program
  • Grant Guidance
  • Governance Organizations
  • Executive Committee (EC)
  • Advisor Committee (AC)
  • Federal Interagency Coordination Council (FICC)
  • Federal Funding Partners (FFP)

SAFECOM advocates the creation of a System of
Systems architecture solution for
The System of Systems involves interaction
between the
  • Personal Area Network (PAN)
  • Incident Area Network (IAN)
  • Jurisdiction Area Network (JAN)
  • Extended Area Network (EAN)

System Capabilities
  • Practitioners seamlessly move between
    Jurisdictional Area Networks
  • Practitioners join and leave networks as needed
  • Allows for the creation and Growth of Temporary
  • System can recognize, register, authorize, and
    grant interoperable communications with the new

The System of Systems architecture builds from
Personal Networks to Extended networks, and puts
an emphasis on the individual public safety
practitioner Different communications systems
seamlessly integrate to form the various networks
The Purpose and Applications of the Public Safety
Communications Statement of Requirements
  • The purpose of this SoR is to identify a basic
    set of operational and functional communication
    requirements for public safety first responders
    to communicate and share information.
  • Focus is initially on public safety first
    responders, i.e. Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS.
  • Future versions will engage other stakeholders,
    i.e. Tribal, Federal, supplemental responders,
    and other agencies

  • Consolidate Public Service vision for
    policymakers and the public
  • Drive Federal Assistance programs
  • Prioritize RD investment strategies
  • Identify priorities for Field Test and Evaluation
  • Identify priorities for Standards Development
  • Creates the framework for discussion of
    operational issues

  • Functional needs of public safety first
  • Intended to be blue sky in nature, not limited
    to current implementations or technologies
  • Leverage current state-of-the-art technology
  • Not keyed to the issue of spectrum allocation
  • Not tied to specific technology

The Content of the Public Safety Communications
Statement of Requirements
  • Defines public safety roles and functions,
    including First Responders and Supplemental
  • Defines the required communications services for
    the first responders, i.e. voice, data, video
  • Provides real-world implementation scenarios with
    a focus on future-looking communications
  • Includes operationally focused scenarios.
  • Contains Operational Requirements for each
    discipline and Functional Requirements of the

Operational Requirements
Modes of Operation
Operational Uses
Modes of Communication
  • Day-to-Day/Routine
  • Task Force
  • Mutual Aid
  • With Whom?
  • For What Purpose?
  • Special Constraints
  • Interactive
  • Non-Interactive

Functional Requirements
Required Features
Performance Requirements
  • Mobility
  • Scalability
  • COTS-based
  • Backward Compatibility
  • Open standards-based design
  • Migration path for legacy systems
  • Extensibility

  • Voice
  • Data
  • QoS
  • Availability
  • Reliability
  • Survivability.

The Statement of Requirements will continue to
The SoR is a living document, and will be
updated regularly to include up-to-date
requirements and involve additional public safety
Many vendors have already begun to map their
technologies to the SoR.
  • Questions ???

Contact Information
Or visit the SAFECOM website www.safecomprogra