Public safety and emergency management

Enhancing public safety communications with datacasting

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Theatre 1 27 November 2019 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Andrew Maxymillian

Datacasting, a truncated word derived from data and broadcasting, involves broadcasting data over a wide area via television or radiofrequency spectrum. Television stations may use datacasting to provide information such as news, weather and traffic that may be unrelated to the programs with which the information shares spectrum.

The Tennessee Public Television Council (TPTC) and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security partnered on a project to install datacasting equipment at the seven public safety television transmitters that cover Tennessee.  This system is being used by organisations that operate emergency operations centres (EOCs), fusion centres and other centralised response coordination centers.

This session will provide an overview of the project.  The operational aspects will be reviewed, including the intended use cases and functional objectives.  This session will cover how the system is designed and the status of deployment and use.  Finally, this session will cover ways that the datacasting system will integrate into, and complement, other emergency communications systems in use throughout the State of Tennessee.

Andy Maxymillian – Principal Consultant, Blue Wing Services, Inc.

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