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Incorporating Mobile Apps into Statewide Interoperability/SCIP Planning

Niki Papazoglakis  (CEO, Mobility4 Public Safety)

Karla Jurrens  ( Deputy Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Texas Department of Public Safety)

Red Grasso  (FirstTech Director, State of North Carolina)

Bill Staney  (Public Safety Advisor, Mobility 4 Public Safety)

Dennison Coomer  (Section Chief, Emergency and Public Safety Communications, State of South Carolina)

Location: N260

Date: Wednesday, March 23

Time: 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Track: Interoperability, Policy Issues

Format: Short Course

Vault Recording: TBD

Interoperable communications plans have historically centered around LMR. With the increasing adoption of broadband technologies and a rapidly growing mobile app marketplace, public safety faces potentially greater interoperability challenges than it has faced with other technologies. Mobile apps offer tremendous opportunities to improve information sharing, but they should be adopted in a coordinated manner to avoid the pitfalls and challenges that are harder to overcome after a technology deployment and adoption.

Several states are proactively approaching data interoperability through various methods including development of statewide Concept of Operations (ConOps) for app usage, standardizing on common apps for statewide interoperability, and incorporating mobile apps into Statewide Communications Interoperability Plans (SCIP). Hear from leaders in North Carolina, South Dakota and Texas to learn about data interoperability planning efforts in their respective states.


1. Learn how app ConOps have been developed and implemented in North Carolina to facilitate statewide information sharing.
2. Learn why South Dakota's Statewide Interoperability Council decided to select a single, statewide interoperability app and how they've gone about implementing it.
3. Learn how Texas is formalizing data interoperability planning efforts through the existing SCIP process.