Magazine article Security Management

Working Wirelessly and Wisely

Magazine article Security Management

Working Wirelessly and Wisely

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A man suffers chest pains after a game of tennis, and his relatives call 9-1-1. The dispatch center notifies an ambulance and digitally sends to it the patient's name and address, which are displayed on a monitor in the ambulance along with a map to the house and an onboard signaling system that adjusts the traffic-light sequence to enable the ambulance to arrive faster. That system also automatically interrogates local transportation systems to make sure there are no road closures or slow traffic conditions on the way.

At the scene an attendant scans the patient's medic alert bracelet that indicates a penicillin allergy. As the ambulance heads to the hospital, a wireless electrocardiogram unit transfers digital information to the hospital while doctors use the ambulance database to download the patient's information and vital statistics.

This scenario is presented in a new Statement of Requirements (SoR) issued by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate that focuses on the communication needs--in particular, wireless interoperability--of first responders. The SoR, developed under the SAFECOM program that oversees public safety communications and interoperability projects, doesn't look at specific technical details such as spectrum allocation, but rather focuses "on public safety requirements from a broader perspective."

The document defines public safety requirements and roles and then defines the various types of communications services, from voice to data. It then lays out a number of communications scenarios, such as the one mentioned, to give an idea of the challenges faced in improving the ability of public safety personnel to communicate among themselves and with other agencies and organizations with whom they work, as well as with the public. …

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