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Unified Public Safety Communications - Seamless Integration and Interoperability Between Agencies

Chris Stevens  (Managing Director, CartGIS Pty Ltd)

Location: W230A

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Track: State & Local Government, Incident Management

Topic: Cloud Connectivity, Critical Infrastructure, Interoperability, LMR, NextGen 911, P25, Situational Awareness

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Surf Life Saving New South Wales (SLSNSW), a not-for-profit entity, is the Australian state's peak water safety and rescue organization, providing public safety services including beach lifeguarding patrols, aquatic emergency response teams, flood response, UAV fleet and a high-tech State Operations Center.

Supporting 129 Surf Life Saving Clubs covering 1,327 miles of state coastline with 20,000 active surf lifesavers, Lifeguards, over 200 UAVs and other Emergency Services, having the most up to date Operations Center with the latest communications technology is vital for faster response times and improved asset coordination to beach patrols, coastal incidents, and other emergencies. The SLSNSW system comprises of eleven coastal UHF DMR networks, servicing a fleet of 5,000+ radio terminals so redundancy and remote dispatch capability are key. With natural disasters becoming more prevalent, the system includes after-hours responses on unpatrolled beaches and remote locations, coordinating multi-agency responses with other emergency services including NSW state Police and Ambulance, 24/7/365.

Interoperability demands with Police, Fire and Ambulance requires integration of the SLSNSW network with the NSW State Government P25 Public Safety Radio Network (PSN). As a result, SLSNSW in conjunction with the NSW State Telecommunications Authority implemented a P25 CSSI gateway into the State government's PSN core to integrate the existing DMR networks.

Attendees will:
• Gain insight into systems and technology ensuring interoperability between foreign analogue, DMR, and P25 networks
• Learn how public safety communications centers can integrate multiple agencies into statewide public safety networks
• Understand RoIP options without vendor lock-in