January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017

Winbourne Consulting offers a full range of public safety services, including strategic planning, systems integration, specifications development, solution acquisition, and implementation project management and quality assurance.

Our Areas of Expertise encompass all segments of Public Safety, including:

  • PSAP Consolidation
  • NextGen/911 Strategic Planning and Implementation
  • Public Safety Communications and Telephony
  • Public Safety Applications and Systems Requirements and Implementation Support
  • Mission Critical Facilities Design and Fit-Out
  • 311 Call Centers and Implementation
  • PSAP Staffing and Operations Analysis

Our Clients include city, county, state, and federal agencies located throughout the United States and the world, as well as countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America.

 

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CAD-to-CAD Interface

The Base Building Block for Interoperability

 

In today’s public safety world there is an increasing awareness about the need for Interoperability between disparate CAD systems, and it is becoming a vital component of a PSAP’s operations. In today’s increasingly “connected” world, this requirement is growing. The pressure to implement this capability comes from a multitude of sources: the increasing use of sophisticated communications devices; public awareness of these capabilities and demand for public safety agencies to incorporate capabilities in their operations; the increasing usage of the various forms of social media such as Twitter and YouTube; the implementation of NG911; the need to coordinate multiple jurisdictional efforts during terrorist activities; to name some of the more significant drivers. This is especially true when it comes to a PSAP’s dispatching functions and the need for CAD-to-CAD communications. These forces are driving the demand for increased sophistication in the use of CAD information, which in turn is requiring additional technical systems to assist PSAPs in disseminating incident information to other jurisdictions.

 

This communications capability is defined by The Department of Homeland Security as “Communications Interoperability – “the ability of public safety agencies to talk across disciplines and jurisdictions via radio communications and systems, exchanging voice and/or data with one another on demand, in real time, when needed, and as authorized.” Further, the Department of Homeland Security has published a paper called the Interoperability Continuum. There are 5 elements that comprise the Continuum and they are:

  • Governance
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Technology
  • Training & Exercises
  • Usage

 

When we look at Interoperability in its fullest sense, the core component needed to achieve this ability is technology. Technology within the Continuum is defined to include a number of different elements including Swap Radios, Gateways, Shared Channels, Proprietary Shared Systems, and Standards-based Shared Systems. CAD-to-CAD Interfaces are based on Standards Based Shared Systems and are a necessity to achieve an optimum level of Interoperability.

 

The primary function of communications interoperability is CAD-to-CAD communication. Last year, Winbourne Consulting published a white paper looking at the various types of CAD-to-CAD interfaces. The paper discussed 4 different levels of communications.

  1. Consolidation Model – Multiple PSAP’s join together to form one large center and utilize a single CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) System;
  2. Point-to-Point Interface Model – Two PSAP’s with different CAD vendors’ contract each CAD vendor to create an interface between the two CAD systems;
  3. Message Broker Model – Two or more PSAP’s with different CAD vendors’ contract with a third party Vendor to create a rudimentary hub that acts as a transfer agent to deliver basic CAD information to each participating CAD system; and
  4. Intelligent Hub Model - Two or more PSAP’s with different CAD vendors’, or the same CAD vendor contract with a third party Vendor to create an intelligent hub that acts as a transfer agent to deliver complex and configurable CAD information between all participating CAD systems. When all the pros and cons are evaluated, it becomes readily apparent that an intelligent Hub is required in order to function in any sort of interoperability mode.

 

During this past year, Winbourne Consulting has been working with various public safety organizations including a major northeastern university, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas fire departments, and jurisdictions in an upper mid-western state to define CAD to CAD requirements and to implement an interoperable solution. In working with these and other clients, it was found that the most effective model to implement even a basic form of Interoperability was the Intelligent Hub Model.

 

As a result of these projects, it became readily apparent that a stepped approach was needed to address the varying needs of agencies. In that stepped approach there are 3 basic CAD information sharing models:

  1. Level 1 – Information Sharing which is a real-time, view-only model that is fed by the participating agencies’ CAD Systems
  2. Level 2 – Interactive Facilitation – model with ability for agencies to interactively work as a team in developing responses to a specific incident
  3. Level 3 - Full seamless operation with multiple CAD Systems where responses to designated incidents are automatically initiated and managed by the designated agency. * See Note 2

 

Additionally, Winbourne has identified a number of functional specifications as being essential to achieve CAD-to-CAD Interoperability. These include the ability to:

  • Subscribe to the current status, time stamps, and location of resources and assets from connected CAD systems
  • Publish in real-time the status, time stamps, and location of resources and assets with connected CAD systems as authorized
  • Provide a centralized view of current status, location and time stamps of resources and assets from all connected CAD systems
  • Enable transfer, sharing, and ongoing updates of incident information between connected CAD systems as authorized
  • Publish and subscribe to requests to share resources and assets between connected CAD systems
  • Acknowledge the delivery of a request to share resources and assets to a lending connected CAD system
  • Publish the approval or denial of a sharing request for resources and assets to the requesting connected CAD system
  • Support subscribing and publishing of supplemental information of incident narrative between connected CAD systems as authorized
  • Provide centralized filters and business rules to flexibly configure and automate mutual and automatic aid agreements, and other information and resource sharing policies and/or procedures between connected CAD systems
  • Provide a CAD-to-CAD information and resource sharing monitor to view the state of active shared incidents and resources
  • Provide regional situational awareness and a common operating picture for EOC and incident command functionality of all connected CAD systems as authorized

 

While an effective CAD-to-CAD interface is the foundation to Interoperability, the Department of Homeland Security has also emphasized the importance of developing clear business models of operational facets within the Interoperability Continuum.

 

“To drive progress along the five elements of the continuum and improve interoperability, public safety practitioners should observe the following principles:

  • Gain leadership commitment from all disciplines [Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire, Law Enforcement],
  • Foster collaboration across disciplines (EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement) through leadership support,
  • Interface with policy makers to gain leadership commitment and resource support,
  • Use interoperability solutions on a regular basis,
  • Plan and budget for ongoing updates to systems, procedures, and documentation, and
  • Ensure collaboration and coordination across all elements [Governance, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Technology, Training/Exercises, Usage].

 

In addition to the technology aspects of the CAD-to-CAD Interoperability projects, Winbourne further worked with the various agencies involved to implement the operational aspects of the above outlined principles that are needed to achieve Interoperability.

 

For additional information on Communications Interoperability and implementing CAD-to-CAD systems, contact Winbourne Consulting at: info@w-llc.com.

 

Note 1. To view a copy of “Interoperability Continuum A tool for improving public safety communications and interoperability”, go to https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/interoperability_continuum_brochure_2.pdf

 

Note 2. For additional information on functionality of the three information sharing models, contact Richard King with FATPOT at rking@fatpot.com.

 

Winbourne Happenings

 

Winbourne Consulting has been awarded a project with Orleans Parish Communication District, in New Orleans, LA, to provide 911 revenue billing audit and ALI database “true up” analysis services. Work on this project is expected to commence in February, and continue for approximately 6 months.

 

Winbourne Consulting will be participating in an NG911 NOW Town Hall discussion at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) on March 28th in Las Vegas.

Lisa Madden, Winbourne VP of NG911 and FirstNet, will be representing iCERT in a panel which will be focused on the efforts of the NG911 NOW Coalition to accelerate the deployment of NG911 across the country.

 

Winbourne Consulting is pleased to announce that Tom Maureau has been promoted to Vice President, Public Safety Systems Services. Tom has been a valued member of the Winbourne Consulting team for over 10 years. He is a retired law enforcements officer who possesses a unique combination of IT, Law enforcement, Fire Department, EMS and Emergency Management expertise developed over the course of his many year career as a Public Safety Officer and as a public safety consultant. During his law enforcement career Tom had a wide variety of positions and dealt with all facets of law enforcement. In addition to these operational positions, Tom also served as the Chief Information Officer for Public Safety. As part of his consulting career, he has successfully completed numerous projects working with state, city and county agencies; and information technology companies.

 

Mr. Maureau has an MBA in Technology Management and is a Certified Public Manager.

 

Industry Events

 

February 21-24 • Arlington, VA

9-1-1 Goes To Washington is a dynamic forum with educational sessions, keynote speeches and outreach on today's most critical 9-1-1 and emergency communications policy issues. Attendees hear directly from policy makers, Members of Congress, FCC Commissioners and Administration officials and represent their state in meetings on Capitol Hill.

 

http://www.nena.org/gtw

 

February 28-March 1 • Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Emerging Technology Forum is a two-day event created to meet the needs of public safety communications professionals who want an overview of technologies that are on the horizon.

 

http://techforum.apcointl.org/

 

 

http://www.npstw.org/

 

Articles of Interest

 

GCNModernizing Emergency Communications For the 21st Century

Modernizing the federal alert systems to include multimedia messages and longer character counts is necessary to keep citizens informed and safe. Given that these federal alerting systems are vital to our national security and public safety, updating outdated protocols to match today’s technological capabilities is crucial.

 

https://gcn.com/articles/2016/12/22/modernizing-emergency-communications.aspx?admgarea=TC_STATELOCAL

 

PSC OnlineAPCO Announces Approval of APCO/NENA Standard NG9-1-1 Emergency Incident Data Document (EIDD)

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International received final approval from the American National Standards Institute for an American National Standard that identifies standard specifications for the exchange of emergency data.

 

http://psc.apcointl.org/2017/01/10/apco-announces-approval-of-apconena-standard-ng9-1-1-emergency-incident-data-document-eidd/

 

 

Telecom Engine | Telecommunications Media GroupMoving Beyond Enhanced 9-1-1: Indoor Location, Next Generation 9-1-1, Public Safety LTE, and More

Enhanced 9-1-1 is a North American telephone network (NANP) feature of the 9-1-1 emergency-calling system that automatically associates a physical address with the calling party's telephone number. A second phase of Enhanced 9-1-1 service allows a wireless device to be located geographically using various radio-location technologies from the cellular network, or by using a Global Positioning System (GPS) built into the phone itself.

 

http://www.telecomengine.com/article/moving-beyond-enhanced-9-1-1-indoor-location-next-generation-9-1-1-public-safety-lte-and-more

 

PSC OnlineAPCO Announces Approval of APCO/NPSTC Standard Channel Nomenclature for the Public Safety Interoperability Channels

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International received final approval from the American National Standards Institute for an American National Standard that identifies standard nomenclature for the Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration designed nationwide interoperability channels.

 

http://psc.apcointl.org/2017/01/10/apco-announces-approval-of-apconpstc-standard-channel-nomenclature-for-the-public-safety-interoperability-channels/