DHS officials attend public safety broadband conference

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently attended the Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Conference in Westminster, Colo.

The Public Safety Communication Research Program hosted the S&T representatives, who were part of the First Responders Group Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC). The annual conference also brought together stakeholders in support of public safety broadband.

Presentations during the conference highlighted recent and ongoing research that can be used by the First Responder Network Authority. Other briefings provided information on modeling and simulation, indoor and in-building tests, video quality in public safety and requirements gathering and standards development.

OIC Director Dan Cotter delivered the keynote address at the event, alongside Adm. Ron Hewitt, the director of the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). The address focused on strong partnership between the two offices.

The OIC and OEC work together to gather public safety broadband requirements by supporting the Public Safety Communications Council, a federation of organizations that work to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaboration within leadership. The Council's "Defining Public Safety Grade Systems and Facilities" report was highlighted during the conference as an example of partnerships that result in concrete results within the public safety community.