WiSense Seminar #93, Title: Public Safety Communications Interoperability – A CITIG Update, Michael Sullivan, Assistant Deputy Chief

Title: WiSense Seminar #93, Title: Public Safety Communications Interoperability – A CITIG Update, Michael Sullivan, Assistant Deputy Chief
Location: uOttawa, CBY Building, Room A707
Description: Abstract: In 2007, the Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Fire, Police and Paramedics linked with the Centre for Security Sciences to create the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG). In 2012 the Chiefs’ Associations took over governance of CITIG and oversaw its creation as a not-for-profit (NPF) Corporation.Now with a full year of operations under its belt as a NPF, CITIG has a great deal to report. In addition to a successful year financially, it made huge strides and strengthen its leadership role on various public safety communications interoperability issues.

While one of the key thrusts for CITIG has continued to be the issue of “Public Safety Broadband Data” (aka 700 MHz), there is still a great deal of confusion regarding this issue and traditional Land Mobile Radio (often also using 700 MHz NARROWBAND) for VOICE communications. These are two distinct and separate issues – as our speaker will clearly outline.

Additional topics to be covered include:

• In-Building 3D location and tracking for Firefighters;
• Next Generation 911 (NG911) and the recent CRTC Consultation process;
• Social Media and Sensors for Emergency Management; and,
• Location Based Services.

Bio: Assistant Deputy Chief Michael Sullivan is a 32-year veteran with Ottawa Fire Services currently on secondment to the City of Ottawa as the Program Director for the City Radio Project.Michael has an extensive background in a wide range of firefighting services from suppression and communications to training with ever
expanding leadership roles. After a serious injury sustained on the job, Division Chief Sullivan focused his energies on a myriad of
technology related projects. In 2003 he received the General Manager’s Commendation Award for implementing a state of the art CAD and RMS.

Since 2010, Michael has been supporting the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) as their lead on the issue of 700 MHz broadband for mission critical public safety data in Canada. In 2011 he was asked to be their representative on the Interim Board of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), a role he continues today. He is also the CAFC representative on the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM) Federal/Provincial/Territorial Interoperability Working Group.

Michael is a sought after speaker and commentator on public safety interoperability. He Received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in Oct 2012. He holds an Economics degree from Carleton University. He is married with three adult children.

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-02-14
End Time: 12:00


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