Public Safety Broadband Network
Public Safety Broadband Networks are secure high-speed wireless data communications networks. These can be used by emergency responders and public safety personnel to communicate with each other in emergency situations and during day-to-day operations, and hold the potential to improve the effectiveness and safety of first responders and the public safety community.
New technology offers the potential to improve the safety and security of Canadians, including through improved communications infrastructure for first responders and governments.
The Government of Canada, through a newly-created Federal PSBN Task Team, is consulting provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, first responders, and the private sector on implementation models for a potential PSBN in Canada.
This Federal PSBN Task Team is comprised of representatives from Public Safety Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, and Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) to advance work on this file.
The multi-disciplinary Task Team will help ensure that all relevant stakeholders are engaged and that future decisions around potential PSBN options are evidence-based.
Targeted Stakeholder Engagement
The implementation of a PSBN in Canada would require close collaboration between governments, industry, and end-users of the system. Working in coordination with these partners, the Government of Canada continues to make progress to inform decisions around the potential implementation of a PSBN in Canada.
The Federal PSBN task team is leading targeted stakeholder engagement to ensure key stakeholders have the opportunity to share their views on implementation models for a potential PSBN. In addition to FPT stakeholders, Tri-Services (police, paramedics and firefighters), and the municipalities, the Task Team will be engaging a range of stakeholder groups including industry (e.g., commercial carriers, telecommunications sector and related equipment providers), critical infrastructure operators, representatives from rural and remote communities, Indigenous community representatives, academia and U.S. federal public safety counterparts.
Allocation of Public Safety Spectrum
In 2012, the Government of Canada allocated 10MHz of the 700MHz spectrum for the public safety community. It announced the intention to allocate an additional 10MHz of the spectrum in 2015.
In order to build the evidence to inform future decisions, the Federal Task Team will be conducting in-depth economic and governance analysis of potential models. Results of these analyses will be shared with stakeholders.
Review and Validation of End-User Requirements
As part of the targeted stakeholder engagement, the Federal PSBN Task Team will also be engaging end-users of a PSBN in Canada. Parallel research and development activities being conducting by DRDC CSS will also simulate and validate many of these requirements in a test environment, working directly with emergency responders.
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