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Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap



Tracy A. McElvaney, Ryan Felts, Marc Leh


The public safety community is in a period of great transition. Over the next 20 years, technology advancements will increase accessibility of data/video applications to public safety, and allow for the eventual migration of voice communications from disparate Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks to a nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband network, the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Emerging technologies within this new infrastructure present opportunities and challenges for public safety, and the process of modernizing responder communications requires significant coordination and planning. To facilitate the transition from LMR to LTE, the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program initiated a research and development (R&D) planning process to determine what technology investments are of highest priority to the public safety community.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1917
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Public Safety, Location-Based Services, LBS, Land Mobile Radio, LMR, Broadband, Long Term Evolution, LTE, eNodeB, Machine 2 Machine, M2M, Analytics, Data Visualization, interoperability, software defined network, SDN, FirstNet, deployables


McElvaney, T. , Felts, R. and Leh, M. (2016), Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap, Technical Note (NIST TN), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 20, 2024)


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Created April 19, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018