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
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
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
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)
"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
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
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)
The "multi-level interoperability training" project will develop and demonstrate interoperable
communications training specific for tactical, wide-area, and executive level public safety
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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