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  1. 1. NEVADA COMMUNICATIONS STEERING COMMITTEE STATE OF NEVADA MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA Name of Organization: Nevada Communications Steering Committee (NCSC) Date and Time of Meeting: Tuesday: 1 September 2009 – 1:30 PM Place of Meeting: Carson City: LCB; 401 S Carson St; Carson City, NV Room 3138 Las Vegas: LCB; 555 E Washington Ave; Las Vegas, NV Room 4412 This meeting will be videoconferenced between the locations specified above beginning at 1:30PM. The committee may take action on items marked discussion/action. For any item on the agenda the Committee may accept public comment, at their discretion. The order of the items is subject to change. Please Note: Witnesses wishing to have their complete testimony/handouts included in the permanent record of this meeting should provide a written or electronic copy to the NCSC members. Minutes of the meeting are produced in a summary format and are not verbatim. ** Acronyms located at the bottom of this document. CALL TO ORDER - Dennis Cobb ROLL CALL – Valerie Sumner Approval of minutes: June & July 2009 (Discussion/Approval) 1. Chair Comments (Dennis Cobb) 2. NCSC Chair Rotation: Discussion/Possible Decision (Dennis Cobb) 2.1. Notification to committee - Dennis Cobb resigning chair position, but continuing to serve as a voting member of the NCSC; discussion and decision needed for recommendation to the governor regarding appointment of a new chair; Discussion of regular rotation of chair position among NCSC members; possible decision regarding change the bylaws. 3. Next Generation E-9-1-1 & Voice over IP: Presentation/Discussion/Possible Decision (Lou Amell) Jim Johns/Phil Roland, Subcommittee Co-Chairs ** Next Generation E9-1-1: refers to an initiative aimed at updating the 9-1-1 service infrastructure in the United States and Canada to improve public emergency communications services in a wireless mobile society. In addition to calling 9-1-1 from a phone, the public will be able to transmit text, images, video and data to the 9-1-1 center (PSAP). The initiative also envisions additional types of emergency communications and data transfer. This NG9-1- 1 infrastructure will replace the current services over time. ** VoIP: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a general term for transmission technologies delivering voice communications over IP networks such as the Internet or other packet-switched networks. Other terms frequently encountered and synonymous with VoIP are IP telephony, Internet telephony, voice over broadband (VoBB), broadband telephony, and broadband phone. 3.1. Presentation by Intrado Corporation regarding next-generation 911
  2. 2. 4. Communications Unit Leader Sub-Committee: Update/Discussion/Possible Decision (Dennis Cobb) Jake Conely/Andy Gagliardo, Subcommittee Co-Chairs 4.1. Discussion recent Communications Unit Leader Training at APCO; Follow up conversation regarding need to begin cataloging Nevada COML resources; discussion and possible decision regarding means of keeping track of Communications Unit Leaders who have completed DHS training. 5. ICTAP training requests: discussion and possible decision (Dennis Cobb) 5.1. Discussion and possible decision regarding US Department of Homeland Security training assistance requests; deadline to submit requests is Fri, 4 Sep 2009. 6. US Department of Energy: presentation and discussion of NCSC representation (presentation, discussion, and possible decision) 6.1. Discussion of US DOE radio resources and capabilities in NV; discussion of adding DOE communications representative to NCSC 6.2. Presentation by Randy Minyard, Senior Spectrum Engineer DOE/NNSA Spectrum Management Office 7. Regional Tactical Interoperable Communications Plans: Update/Discussion/ Possible Decision (Dennis Cobb, Mike Lopez) 7.1. Discussion of recent UA/RTICP workshop; further discussion and possible decision regarding NCSC process to recognize Nevada RTICPs as “operational & in effect.” 8. Project Leader Comments on Status of Active & Planned Projects: Discussion/Decision: (Dennis Cobb) Informal leader comments on status of pre-existing grant-funded projects now underway or approved to begin (objectives, budget and schedule); discussion as appropriate; Possible decisions on NCSC assistance where practical and beneficial. 8.1. 2006 HSGP/UASI Projects: Discussion/Decision 8.1.1.Repeater Interconnect (Dennis Cobb, Mike Lopez) "Repeater Interconnect" Is a project to link rural 150 MHz to 800 MHz radios in conventional mode at 38 sites throughout Nevada. 8.1.2.Interoperability SOPs (Dennis Cobb, Mike Lopez) "Interoperability S.O.P.s" is a project to develop standardized procedures for the use of interoperable connections by public safety responders throughout Nevada. 8.1.3.Interoperability Training Development (Dennis Cobb, Mike Lopez)
  3. 3. "Interoperability training development" is a project to produce training materials supporting the repeater interconnect and interoperability SOPs projects, as well as subsequent projects. 8.2. 2007 HSGP/UASI Projects: Discussion/Decision 8.2.1 Urban Dispatch Interconnect ( Lou Amell) The "urban dispatch interconnect" project involves enhancing the microwave link between the Las Vegas firearm office in Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department dispatch facilities. 8.3. 2007 PSIC Projects: Discussion/Decision 8.3.1.Core System Interconnect Switches (Craig Harrison) The "core system interconnect switches" project involves procurement and installation of Internet protocol devices to share radio traffic between Nevada's largest public safety systems . 8.3.2.Statewide Interoperability Training (DEM) The "statewide interoperability training" project involves developing standardized training for use of interoperable assets throughout the state of Nevada, developing trainers for COM- L in Nevada, and training for public safety dispatchers on interoperability. 8.3.3.Remote Communications Support Vehicles; (DEM) The "remote communication support vehicles" project satisfies the PSIC requirement for a strategic technology reserve (STR) by equipping vehicles with communications support technology that can be deployed to areas where none is operational. 8.3.4.LVMPD/NDPS Interop Radios (Phil Roland/DPS) The "LVMPD/NDPS interoperable radios" project provides for dual-system radios to be installed in police services vehicles in Clark County allowing law enforcement to talk to either the Nevada Shared Radio System or LVMPD OpenSky system. 8.3.5.Hospitals Interconnect Planning (Angela Krutsinger) The "hospital interconnect planning" project involves engineering links between hospitals throughout Nevada to provide communication between those facilities and other responders during emergencies. 8.3.6.Rural Radio Interconnect (Dale Lotspeich) The "rural radio interconnect" project will produce an engineering plan to improve connections between rural radio systems in multiple Nevada counties. 8.3.7.Multi-County Ethernet project (Tammy James) Project to link supporting communications infrastructure supporting several rural responder radio systems in multiple counties. 8.4. 2008 IECGP Projects: Discussion/Decision 8.4.1.Interoperable Asset Management (Dan Lake) The "interoperable asset management" project will develop and demonstrate a standardize model system and data structure for storing information from radio frequency identification (RFR I D.) tags on interoperable equipment. 8.4.2.Multi-Level Interoperability Training (Las Vegas EM / Dennis Cobb)
  4. 4. The "multi-level interoperability training" project will develop and demonstrate interoperable communications training specific for tactical, wide-area, and executive level public safety leaders. 8.4.3.Sustainment Funding Mechanism Development (Clark County) The "sustainment funding mechanism development" project will research and develop a range of funding mechanism models available to Nevada entities and jurisdictions at all governmental levels to maintain interoperable predications assets. 8.5. 2008 HSGP/UASI Project Reports: Discussion/Decision 8.5.1.SNACC / Clark County Microwave build out (Lou Amell & Lester Lewis) The "Clark County microwave build out" is completion of three years of projects expanding the capacity of radio system 'backhaul' (connecting links between radio transmitters, receivers, and other elements of the system) through new and upgraded microwave links in southern Nevada. 8.5.2.SNACC Digital Migration (Lou Amell) The "SNAACC digital migration" project involves replacement of analog communications equipment in preparation for a system migration to digital P25 operation. 8.5.3.NDOT Backhaul Enhancement (Dave Loar & Robert Chisel) The “NDOT backhaul enhancement” is enhancement to the information carrying capacity of the connecting links between radio transmitters, receivers, and other elements of the Nevada Shared Radio System to support increased loads anticipated during use of system- interconnect gateways for interoperability. 8.6. 2009 Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program: Discussion/Decision 8.6.1.Interstate Interoperability Coordination & Planning (NV OHS) This project seeks to establish collaborative relationships with surrounding state interoperability coordination bodies and policy makers. It will build on current informal inter- state relationships to establish formal, basic cross-state relationships, agreements and processes to serve as a basis for improved interoperability planning and practice in all six affected jurisdictions. 8.6.2.UASI Interoperability Validation (SNACC) This project’s is to validate and document design, operations and usage of cross-band interoperable repeaters in the Las Vegas UASI. The project will define and document processes and results to support development of statewide standards for validating similar resources elsewhere. 8.6.3.Regional Interoperability Outreach & Coordination (Washoe County SO) The "Regional Interoperability Outreach" project will support regional stakeholder involvement and participation to increase, and organize, regional Interoperable communications abilities. It will seek to develop and establish a statewide applicable model for collaborative operations and formal agreements regarding interoperable communications across state lines. 8.6.4.Interoperability Lifecycle Planning (Clark County; Lester Lewis) The "interoperability lifecycle planning" project will research and develop a model for Nevada entities to use in assessing, planning, acquiring, maintaining and replacing interoperable communications assets.
  5. 5. 8.7. 2009 SHGP Grant Projects: Discussion/Decision 8.7.1.Dispatch Interconnect Improvements & Tribal Communications The "Dispatch Interconnect Improvements & Tribal Communications Planning" project will develop plans to improve regional dispatch center links in Nevada. It will assess abilities and compare them to those needed, such as advanced 9-1-1 and Internet protocol connectivity. The project supports statewide emphasis on regional communications. Elko County Dispatch and Tribal public safety agencies are the primary elements, Clark County Emergency Dispatch requirements are a corollary focus. 8.7.2.Statewide Interoperability Coordinator & Project Manager (SWIC/PM) This project will research and develop a model for permanent implementation of Nevada's statewide interoperable communications coordination function; some grants administered by the US Department of Homeland Security require statewide interoperable communications coordinators, and this project continues those assets to 2012 to coordinate, implement and develop sustainable interoperability in Nevada. 8.7.3.SNACC & HPD Interoperable Radios This project supports and furthers progress towards open-standards radio with a SNACC move to P25 through replacement of some Henderson Police and Clark County Fire radios. 9. Public Comment 10.Adjourn This is a public meeting. In conformance with the Nevada Public Meeting Law, I, Valerie Sumner posted or caused the posting of this agenda on or before 27 August 09 at 9:00AM at: Las Vegas Governor’s Office, 555 E. Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, NV; Carson City Governor’s Office, 101 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV; NV State Emergency Operations Center, 2478 Fairview Drive, Carson City, NV; Homeland Security Commission’s Office, 2855 S. Jones Blvd, Las Vegas NV; Governor’s Homeland Security Office, 101 N. Carson Street, Carson City, NV; Posted to the NV Homeland Security web site located at: www.homelandsecurity.nv.gov We are pleased to make reasonable accommodations for members of the public who are disabled. If special arrangements for the meeting are necessary, please notify the Committee Coordinator at 775-684-0229. 72-hour advance notice is requested. Thank you. Acronyms: Communications Unit Leader Training – COM-L Nevada Division of Emergency Management – DEM Federal Department of Energy - DOE Next Generation 911 – NG9-1-1 Federal Department of Homeland Security – DHS Public Safety Answering Points – PSAPs Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA Public Safety Interoperable Communications – PSIC Homeland Security Grant Program – HSGP Regional Tactical Interoperable communications Plan – RTICP Homeland Security Working Group – HSWG Remote Communications Support Vehicles – RCSV Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program ICTAP Request for Information – RFI Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program – IECGP Request for Purchase – RFP Internet Protocol – IP Southern Nevada Area Communications Council – SNACC Las Vegas Metro Police Department - LVMPD Standard Operating Procedures – SOP National Environmental Policy Act – NEPA Urban Area - UA National Nuclear Security Administration - NNSA Urban Area Security Initiative – UASI Nevada Communications Steering Committee – NCSC Voice Over Internet Protocol – VOIP Nevada Department of Transportation – NDOT Washoe County Sheriff’s Office - WCSO Nevada Office of Homeland Security – OHS