iCERT Recaps Annual Meeting
Monday, October 15, 2018 | Comments

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) announced details from its recent 13th annual meeting. Hosted at Harris’ Global Innovation Center, iCERT’s board of directors and general members gathered to cover a number of important topics and issues impacting the emergency response technologies industry.

During the morning session, many iCERT members were introduced for the first time to Kim Robert Scovill, iCERT’s newly appointed executive director, who helped set the agenda. Attendees then participated in a live international public-safety update from the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), received a regulatory briefing from the FCC and collaborated in a working session with representatives from the monitoring industry on addressing current issues and concerns. 

Live panel discussions were held on three trending emergency response technology topics: increasing 9-1-1 location accuracy; funding the transition to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1); and enabling innovation, convergence and interoperability 

“Now, more than ever, public-safety technology service providers need iCERT,” said Ellen O’Hara, iCERT’s chair. “We advocate for increased public-safety funding at all levels of government, offer research and educational opportunities, and provide a unique opportunity for our members to discuss business and technology collaboration that is vital to the future of emergency response.”

The group also established a new Innovation and Technology Committee, tasked with identifying and facilitating consensus on relevant emerging issues impacting members. Finally, General Dynamics – Mission Systems was approved and welcomed as the newest iCERT board member.

“I could not have asked for a better audience or event as a first meeting as executive director,” said Scovill. “iCERT’s members are extremely dedicated about the missions of public safety and passionate about making positive contributions to moving them forward.”

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