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PSCR Webinar Series

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To provide more frequent research updates to stakeholders, PSCR hosts a bi-monthly webinar series featuring topic deep dives on popular projects from our research portfolios. Webinars will be recorded, and participants join live will have the opportunity to Q&A with webinar speakers. Webinar recordings will be posted to the PSCR website and made available to the public in the days following the event.

Check this page regularly to view upcoming webinar dates, times, and topics.

Upcoming Webinars

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Past Webinar Recordings

Cybersecurity in Public Safety

Security, including cybersecurity, is an area which affects every aspect of public safety communications. PSCR serves to develop and enhance security solutions to current and future public safety communications. In this webinar, PSCR's Security Portfolio lead, John Beltz, discusses the transition that is taking place in public safety communications technology to solve interoperability issues, and the R&D that is under way to ensure that transition is happening securely. Mr. Beltz is joined by PSCR Prize Challenge Manager, Gary Howarth, to discuss the new Mobile Fingerprinting Innovation Technology (mFIT) Challenge.

UAS Triple Challenge: Drones for First Responders

The First Responder UAS Triple Challenge is an exciting prize competition, with a total of $720K in awards, to help save lives faster and support advancing first responder search and rescue (SAR) operations. This webinar features PSCR Division Chief Dereck Orr as speaking with Michael Ogata (PSCR), Tom Brooks (MSU), Roger Blalock (PSCR), and Kurt Barnhart (KSU) about the UAS Triple Challenge and the importance of drones for the future of public safety.

The Road to PSCR 2021

If you're new to PSCR, this session is for you! Hear a detailed program history from PSCR's Division Chief, Dereck Orr, and an introduction to the features of PSCR 2021 The Digital Experience.

Building Apps for Mass Casualty Events and Triage

In this webinar, PSCR Prize Challenge Manager Gary Howarth speaks with Tech to Protect contestants, Britt Jensen and Francis Li of Peak Response, diving into topics related to the app they've built for mass casualty incidents. This panel discussion gives an insider look to the development process and user experience considerations of building apps for public safety, and what it was like to build trust with first responders during the coronavirus pandemic and peak wild fire season. 

Using Lasers to Save Lives

PSCR hosted a webinar featuring PSIAP-Point Cloud City award recipients, who gave an overview of indoor mapping for public safety. In this webinar, presenters went into detail about how lidar and video object classification can be combined to create 3D point cloud visual representations. The end result makes it easier for first responders to navigate inside unknown buildings. 

5G for Public Safety 

PSCR hosted a webinar on 5G for Public Safety to give an overview of what 5G will bring to first responders, security challenges and opportunities, and relevant 5G use cases.

PSCR 101 to PSCR 2020: A Program History and Intro to the Digital Experience

Since 2010, PSCR has held an annual Stakeholder Meeting to receive direct input, guidance, and feedback from public safety stakeholders across sectors. This information exchange has been invaluable to the success of the PSCR program and advancement of public safety communications technologies. That's why in 2020, as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, PSCR is developing a digital experience for sharing out yearly research updates. This new, virtual format will ensure stakeholders receive the cutting-edge updates they expect from PSCR. In this webinar, hear a detailed program history from PSCR's Division Chief, Dereck Orr and an introduction to the features of PSCR 2020: The Digital Experience from Brianna Vendetti, PSCR Program Support Specialist. 

3 Year Progress Report - Research and Programmatic Updates

PSCR's mission is to bring advanced capabilities to first responders and have a measurable impact on their ability to protect and save lives and property. In this webinar, PSCR's Division Chief, Dereck Orr and Prize Competition and Challenge Specialist, Jeremy Glenn summarize PSCR's most exciting research impacts over the last three years. 

Using Prize Challenges to Drive Innovation

 In this webinar, Open Innovation team lead, Ellen Ryan discusses what a government prize challenge entails and how the division uses this mechanism to drive innovation for public safety communications. Prize Challenge Manager, Sarah Hughes, gives an overview of recently launched prize challenges. 

Augmented Reality for Public Safety

Augmented reality (AR) has been around for decades, but recent technological advances render it invaluable to improving public safety operations. In this webinar, PSCR's UI/UX lead, Scott Ledgerwood dives into AR's potential role in supporting first responders' operations. 

IoT Foundations for First Responders 

How can public safety best prepare for and leverage next-generation IoT sensor and data collection capabilities? In this webinar, PSCR's Alison Kahn covers IoT's ability to help public safety operations.

Enhanced Authentication for Public Safety

PSCR serves to develop and enhance security solutions to current and future public safety communications. Security, including cybersecurity, is an area which will affect every aspect of public safety communications. During this webinar, a panel of cybersecurity experts will cover: an overview of PSCR's security portfolio, single sign-on, PSCR's SIM Card Challenge, and possibilities in biometric authentication.

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Created September 16, 2019, Updated November 2, 2021