APCO to Create Standard on Public-Safety-Grade Requirements
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 | Comments

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International issued a call for work group members to participate in the creation of an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard addressing public-safety-grade (PSG) site hardening requirements.

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and APCO collaborated on “Defining Public Safety Grade Systems and Facilities, Final Report” published May 22, 2014, which was submitted to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) via the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). NPSTC asked APCO to seek an ANSI standard to codify the information in the report.

The standard will address the requirements for PSG site hardening of wireless communications sites and facilities. The establishment of a standard is intended to assist public-safety communications wireless network builders in constructing hardened public-safety wireless networks and systems. The effort will standardize what is required to make wireless network sites PSG and will address hardening for wireless communications sites with both transmission and/or reception capabilities.

The application deadline is March 25.

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On 3/16/16, Gerard Cusick said:
I read this with interest as it is good to see the United States finally recognizing the need for this as this concept has been around for more than 11 years in Australia, and as inaugural chair and founder of the APCO Australasia Standards Policy Committee from 2007-2010, this was the first paper I tabled for consideration.

As managing director of Mingara Australasia I have developed and introduced emergency services grade communications strategic principles recommendations policies, and where relevant, introduced them into most Australian states' public-safety communications systems that we have been involved with.

Vendor representatives from Australia will have been seeing key public-safety-grade communications requirements in tender specifications we have prepared for more than 10 years.

Emergency services grade communications strategic principles recommendations policies are NOT CHEAP and are mainly invisible to the public so they are not seen by politicians as a good investment. However we have developed unique skills and have proven experience to demonstrate to senior justice bureaucrats, treasury officials and politicians that it indeed is a sound investment if done correctly.

This is a very complex area and sound acumen is needed to put public-safety grade communications into practice hence firsthand experience is also needed from the selling demonstrating of the benefits through business case development funding to operational business benefits realization and governance.

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