New Industry Association to Advocate for Public Transit, Public Service
Thursday, September 08, 2016 | Comments

A team of government and industry leaders formed a new trade association, the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA). The primary mission of the non-profit is advocacy on issues important to public service and public transit government agencies, a statement said.

“We monitor, advise and advocate policies important to our members and work within the wireless technology and communications communities to support and encourage adoption by regulatory bodies,” said Chris Lougee, GWTCA president.

A primary GWTCA goal is to ensure access to spectrum for all wireless technologies, in all bands and modes of operation, while balancing the needs of the public transit and public service community with those of public safety and the business/industrial communities.

Industry consultant Andy Seybold is vice president of GWTCA, and Michael M. Marusich, with the state of Washington, is secretary. Members of the board of directors include Andrew Maxymillian, principal consultant of Blue Wing Services; Denis Marin, Orange County (California) Sherrif's Department Communications and Technology Division; Dr. William “Vic” Maconachy, vice president for academic affairs/chief academic officer at Capitol Technology University; Randy Brooks, Motorola Solutions; and Dr. Curtis Levinson, principal of Levinson & Daughters.

“GWTCA has a world-class leadership team with a wide range of extensive experience and knowledge of legacy and emerging technologies,” Lougee said. “With a deep understanding of government user applications, they are well equipped to guide GWTCA and represent our members.”

Lougee said the group will monitor standards development, regulatory and spectrum issues for LMR and Long Term Evolution (LTE) systems, including a systems interface bridge for LMR-LTE interoperability and standards development for mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT).

The group will also address vehicle to “X” communications, internet of things (IoT), wearables, dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), smart cities, high-speed railway (HSR), transit wireless systems, non-public-safety 4.9 GHz spectrum sharing and cybersecurity.

The association has received more than 20 requests for membership packets.

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