Wireless Innovation Forum Announces Recommendation in Response to FirstNet NOI

Recommendation, led by the Forum’s Public Safety Special Interest Group, created from previous balloted and approved reports and recommendations developed by the Forum members.
Nov. 29, 2012 - PRLog -- The Wireless Innovation Forum (http://www.WirelessInnovation.org), a non-profit international industry association dedicated to driving the future of radio communications and systems worldwide, announced today the development of a recommendation in response to the recent FirstNet Notice of Inquiry. The recommendation was led by the Forum’s Public Safety Special Interest Group and was developed from previous balloted and approved reports and recommendations developed by Forum members. It was approved for release to FirstNet by the Forum’s Board of Directors on 1 November 2012.

The Forum’s response is intended to:

·         Highlight advanced wireless technologies, including software defined radio and cognitive radio, that can support the goals and objectives for the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

·         Provide specific references, in publicly available publications of the Forum, pertaining to issues and challenges relevant to the implementation of the Broadband Network.

The Wireless Innovation Forum has been active for 17 years supporting the development and deployment of advanced wireless technology, and for over eight years has specifically targeted public safety as an important domain for such technology. The Forum welcomes the progress in the United States in defining a National Public Safety Broadband Network, as enhanced digital information supports the importance of robust, reliable wireless communication is a cornerstone of effective public safety. Many of the capabilities defined in conceptual network architecture presented at the FirstNet Board meeting align closely with concepts and technologies that have evolved in the deliberations and publications of the Forum.

“The Wireless Innovation Forum is pleased to see that the FirstNet Board is reaching out to the community to solicit ideas on how to address the challenge of an economically viable national broadband data network that meets public safety requirements,” said Fred Frantz (Engility),Chair of the Public Safety Special Interest Group. “The Forum has been investigating how advanced radio technologies can enhance public safety communications for nearly a decade, and we welcome the opportunity to share the results of our analysis.  The Public Safety Special Interest Group within the Forum is a unique body with representation from public safety personnel, vendors, researchers, and regulators, and has consistently put forth an innovative vision of future public safety communications.”

Over the years, the Forum has worked to identify the potential impact of advanced wireless technologies on public safety communications and believes the U.S. National Public Safety Broadband Network can benefit from the concepts and capabilities identified by the Forum. Our response to this Notice of Inquiry (NOI) provides a mapping of the Forum’s work to the specific questions posed in the NOI, and provides detailed discussions of the topics and issues identified by FirstNet.

A copy of the full response can be found here: http://groups.winnforum.org/d/do/6031

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