Technology transitions, in the telecommunications sector, are already happening, and they will continue to have a profound impact on public safety communications. As networks transform, the capability for public safety officials to reliably communicate among themselves and with the public must be preserved. Similarly, the ability for individuals to reach help in an emergency is fundamental and must be maintained. We are committed to ensuring that the critical functionalities served by the legacy infrastructure are supported after transition to IP-based infrastructure and, where possible, improved. Public safety, disaster response and homeland security communities must remain reliable and secure under a wide range of stressful conditions – they must be available when we need them.
To that end, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is hosting a workshop on Thursday, April 17, 2014, on the impact of technology transition on public safety.
Representatives from public safety agencies, service providers, technology vendors, and other stakeholders will participate in roundtable discussions to explore the impact of the retirement of switched telecommunications service (PSTN, TDM), the anticipated interdependencies and new failure modalities for IP transport, copper to fiber transition and copper to wireless transition.
The workshop will identify areas of risk associated with the planned IP Transition and determine risk factors for key public safety, emergency response, and national security functions.
The workshop will be streamed live online for those who cannot attend in-person. We will also be accepting questions during the workshop via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by Twitter using the #TechTransitions hashtag.
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