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NIST Issues 20-Year Public Safety Comms Research Roadmap; Dereck Orr Comments

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CellTowerThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a new roadmap that outlines research the agency will require for U.S. public safety communications over the next 20 years.

NIST said Tuesday the roadmap will focus on location-based services in order to provide situational awareness to law enforcement authorities and first responders.

“The roadmap will guide planning for public safety communications research, including how to allocate the $300 million apportioned to NIST from the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction,” said Dereck Orr, chief of NIST’s public safety communications research division.

The roadmap recommends areas for software, device and network research and development investments in order to achieve PSCR’s goal of providing data, video and voice communications to agencies.

NIST added it aims to address demand for location-based standards for data exchange and availability, public safety performance metrics and ways to reduce power consumption of location-based services.

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