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Modeling Public Safety Communication Scenarios: School Shooting Incident



Richard A. Rouil, Antonio Izquierdo Manzanares, Chunmei Liu, Wesley Garey


Public safety practitioners performing day-to-day activities and responding to incidents communicate in ways that are very different from the general public. In order to determine if a particular technology or network deployment can meet the performance requirements critical to first responders, sound and detailed scenarios are needed. In this document, we present a fictional school shooting scenario involving a large number of responders, vehicles, and applications, over a 4-hour period. We describe, in detail, the location of the users, the type of applications used and their usage patterns. We also present a basic net-work deployment using Long Term Evolution (LTE) and describe the implementation of such a scenario in the open-source ns-3 simulation platform so it can serve as a baseline for future research.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 2186
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Public Safety Communication, Incident Modeling, Network Simulation


Rouil, R. , Izquierdo Manzanares, A. , Liu, C. and Garey, W. (2021), Modeling Public Safety Communication Scenarios: School Shooting Incident, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created October 15, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022