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Public Safety – Situational Awareness: Technology, Training and Teamwork

Mark Cady  (Systems - Project Manager, LB Comms - LLC)

Location: W240A

Date: Thursday, March 28

Time: 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Track: First Responder Communications, State & Local Government

Topic: Backhaul, Cloud Connectivity, Critical Infrastructure, FirstNet, Interoperability, LMR, P25, Project Management, PTT, Situational Awareness, System Resiliency, Video

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

In the realm of public safety, robust radio communications systems are indispensable for ensuring situational awareness. These systems enable first responders to maintain constant contact, exchange critical information, and make informed decisions in real-time, thereby enhancing overall safety. However, challenges persist.

Discuss the inadequate interoperability between agencies and outdated equipment hinder effective communication. Dead zones and unreliable coverage further exacerbate the situation. Hear scenarios including agencies that have invested in modern radio technologies, such as LTE-enabled devices and data-sharing capabilities. Integration with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can provide vital location-based data and mapping, improving response accuracy.

Explore the options for comprehensive training and standardized protocols are essential. First responders must be proficient in using these advanced tools and following established procedures to maximize situational awareness. Review success stories from cities and towns that have embraced these enhancements to underscore their effectiveness. Reduced response times, improved coordination with neighboring agencies during crises, and increased coverage in remote areas are tangible outcomes.

Key takeaways:
Public safety radio communications are the linchpin of situational awareness.
By embracing modern technologies, fostering interoperability, and prioritizing training, agencies can ensure that their first responders have the tools they need to protect and serve their communities effectively.