interoperability continuum

Release of 2019 Public Safety Communications Evolution Brochure

The SAFECOM Education and Outreach Committee, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Public Safety Communications Evolution Brochure. The updated Evolution Brochure analyzes the current public safety communications landscape, describes the evolution of public safety communications, and features considerations for how both land mobile radio (LMR) systems and long term evolution (LTE) technology can operate concurrently during emergency response operations.

OEC and NCSWIC Partner to Develop a MOU to Improve Interoperability

The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), in cooperation with several federal departments and agencies, developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial public safety agencies to use federal Law Enforcement and Incident Response (LE/IR) channels to improve emergency communications interoperability.

Interoperability

Technology is a critical tool for improving interoperability that should meet the needs of practitioners on the front lines and should address regional needs, existing infrastructure, cost verses benefits, and sustainability. The resources below provide interoperability examples of the technology currently used in the public safety environment.

Technology

Technology is a critical tool for improving interoperability that should meet the needs of practitioners on the front lines and should address regional needs, existing infrastructure, cost verses benefits, and sustainability. The resources below provide examples of the technology currently used in the public safety environment.

Planning

In addition to the five elements of the Interoperability Continuum, planning is a major factor for interoperable communications. The documents in this section include resources about the National Emergency Communications Plan, education and outreach programs, and maintaining awareness of the specific issues and barriers that affect interoperability communications.