Ccr | Lte | P25 | 2020-09-28

iCERT Announces Data Integration Initiative to Improve Public Safety Communications

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies, Inc. (“iCERT”) today publicly announced the formation of a comprehensive effort to promote effective integration and use of data in public safety operations; the Data Integration Initiative (“DII”)

The DII will address new and more effective ways to perform mission critical operations as significant amounts of data from an increasing number of source points are generated and delivered to public safety communication centers. The DII has strategic, operational, and educational goals including recommendations related to core areas impacting the future of public safety data such as technology, analysis, management, security, privacy, and funding.

Over 25 iCERT member volunteers representing a wide variety of companies serving the public safety community have joined the DII’s launch as part of four sub-working groups:

  • Data Value – Identifying which data integrations provide the most value in terms of improving public safety response;
  • Existing Data Integration – Examining successful examples of existing data integration and how they function;
  • Data Integration Enablers and Roadblocks – Identifying factors such as governance, funding models, technology, and operational processes hindering or enabling data integration to provide future success and improved public safety response; and
  • Future Data Integration – Analyzing what new integrations will be expected as technology advances.

“This initiative will focus on finding innovate ways for our members to help public safety manage and leverage the myriad sources of data now available in their mission to provide safe and stable communities,” said Ellen O’Hara, iCERT Board of Directors Chair. “We want to thank all of the many volunteers and member companies who have stepped up to work on the DII,” added Kim Robert Scovill, iCERT’s Executive Director, “Our members represent many of the most forward-looking organizations in the public safety technology arena, and that’s critical to the DII’s success.”

iCERT anticipates hosting events and releasing the first outputs from the DII in late spring 2021. If your public safety organization has an interest in joining iCERT and participating in this important endeavor, please visit iCERT’s web link to this project;