Public safety research reports released
The US National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) has released several reports covering MCPTT and the use of emerging technologies.
The first report provides an overview of selected technical and operational issues associated with the implementation of mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) using the US FirstNet system, specifically focusing on consoles used by public safety agencies. Aspects covered include new console technology, different form factors for use in different locations and portable and transportable MCPTT consoles.
The report is the result of 18 months’ work by the NPSTC LMR LTE Interoperability and Integration Working Group.
The second report examines how public safety broadband may support new EMS patient care technologies through a review of five use cases involving medical emergencies. Each use case follows an emergency incident from the time of its occurrence through patient transport to the hospital.
The report identifies multiple ways in which emerging technology may enhance both operational efficiency and the delivery of patient care while also highlighting many issues which must be addressed before full use of these systems is possible.
The third report provides an overview of Public Safety Internet of Things (PSIoT) technology and gives guidance to public safety and information technology agency executives as they assess the benefits and challenges of these services. It highlights the emerging importance of sensor-based technology and the need for integration of systems and data.
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