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NIST Roadmap Seeks to Help Commerce Department Leverage Analytics for Public Safety Efforts

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big dataThe National Institutes of Standards and Technology has published a report that seeks to help the Commerce Department identify research-and-development opportunities to leverage data analytics for use in public safety communications and response efforts in the next two decades.

The Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap aims to guide the department on how to apportion funds worth approximately $300 million that NIST raised through the AWS-3 spectrum auction in 2015, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

The document also details several R&D opportunities the department could pursue in the field of software, devices and networks in the next 20 years.

For the software category, the roadmap calls on the department to define standards on Internet-of-Things-based data and set up a public safety-focused data analysis and sharing center.

The roadmap also recommends the establishment of a network-based element to deliver mission-critical data as well as the development of an analytics framework that will work to help integrate various data sources across sensors and devices used in public safety communications.

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