OTHER COMMITTEES/WORKING GROUPS
Temporarily Inactive Committees/Groups [active in the past with the potential to reengage if needed]
Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group
The IoT Working Group will help to create and promote awareness and understanding regarding IoT technology and issues among regulatory agencies within the 9-1-1 industry, public safety authorities and their employees, other NGOs, and within iCERT Members, so that all will better recognize and manage the inevitable evolution of IoT devices into public safety. The work product for this effort may include Topical Papers, best practice compilations, webinars, appearances at iCERT and other public safety-related meetings, or other communications methods as determined by the Working Group.
Cloud Working Group
Educate iCERT’s membership and the larger public safety community about Cloud Computing’s current and future impact on 911/public safety technologies and clarify the relationship between 911/public safety technologies and Cloud technologies. The work product for this effort may include Topical Papers, best practice compilations, webinars, appearances at iCERT and other public safety-related meetings, or other communications methods as determined by the Working Group.
Membership Outreach Committee
The primary function of the iCERT Membership Outreach Committee is to provide advice and recommend actions regarding member recruitment and member service topics to the iCERT Board of Directors. Additionally, this Committee works in concert with the iCERT Governance Committee in the latter's role of maintaining and managing changes to the Bylaws as approved by the iCERT Board of Directors. The Committee has no formal approval role. In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions: Provide recommendations pertaining to matters of member services to the Board of Directors Contribute as a resource to the Board of Directors in matters involving member recruitment Provide recommendations to the Board of Directors pertaining to matters of member dues Work in conjunction with iCERT staff on direct recruitment efforts and iCERT promotion
The primary function of the iCERT Governance Committee is to provide advice and recommend actions to the iCERT Board of Directors regarding governance topics. Additionally, the Governance Committee will serve as custodians of iCERT Bylaws, maintaining the document and managing changes to the Bylaws that are approved by the iCERT Board of Directors. The Committee has no formal approval role. In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions: Maintain the iCERT Bylaws keeping them an accurate reflection of the organization Contribute as a resource to the Board of Directors in matters involving corporate governance Provide recommendations pertaining to matters of governance to the Board of Directors Serve in a role regarding succession planning for the organization
Targeted States Campaign
The iCERT Targeted States Campaign is a state-by-state program in support of efforts to secure and protect 911 funding in all its forms. Working in conjunction with state and local officials, the Campaign provides much needed resources to initiate, maintain, and/or bring to fruition state-level efforts to ensure that emergency calling is properly resourced. Campaign Premise: Absent proper levels of adequate, stable and foreseeable funding for emergency calling, America's 911 system breaks down. Public safety officials become unable to maintain the equipment and services they need in order to provide safety at the level the public deserves and expects. When properly resourced, however, public safety agencies and the enterprises that support their critical work are able to provide to the public the crucial life-saving services our citizens, residents and visitors require. iCERT will: Engage state and local government and non-governmental partners, Craft and disseminate tailored educational pieces, and Convene partners and other officials to address key concerns. Measures of Campaign Success: Shifts in norms - reduced state reliance on 911 funding for unrelated matters. Strengthened organizations - general increase in 911 agency budgets due to regular transfer of dedicated funding. Improved policies - states amending regulations and/or administrative practices to ensure flow of funding. Specific impacts - key examples of properly re-purposed funding.
Emergency Communications Resource (ECR) Working Group
The primary function of the Emergency Communications Resource Working Group is to examine and recommend for Policy Committee, Board and/or Association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions affecting funding of emergency calling and response technology systems and networks. The Working Group has no formal approval role. In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions: Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory rulemaking; Providing assistance to Association staff on matters of emergency communications resource policy; and Recommending action to the Policy Committee.
z-axis/911 Location Accuracy Working Group
This Working Group investigates the various techniques for converting z-axis location information (expressed as HAE) into actionable information for PSAPs (e.g., 3D mapping). Because the FCC has an open docket related to z-axis matters, this Working Group may include making policy recommendations that iCERT could use in consensus-based filings before the FCC.
Convergence and Innovation Working Group
The primary function of the Convergence and Innovation Working Group is to examine and recommend for Policy Committee, Board and/or Association action, official Industry Council positions on local, state, regional, national and international regulations, legislation, rules or resolutions affecting matters related to the ubiquitous, unified nature of emergency communications and response technologies, now and into the future. The Working Group has no formal approval role. In practice, these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions: Monitoring and reviewing proposed legislation and regulatory rulemaking; Providing assistance to Association staff on matters of convergence and innovation policy; and Recommending action to the Policy Committee.
Data Integration Initiative (DII) Working Group
Overcoming silos and creating seamless communications across platforms will yield both immediate and long-term benefits for the public, first responders, and iCERT members. Detailed below is the announcement of iCERT’s new Data Integration Initiative – our signature project for 2020 and beyond. Speaking for the Executive Committee and the Board, we are hoping that as we progress every iCERT member will find a way to become involved and contribute to this significant new initiative. Concerted discussion by the Data Integration Working Group (DIWG) has revealed four subject areas for iCERT members/participant concentration: 1) Data Value, 2) Existing Data Integration, 3) Data Integration Enablers, and Roadblocks, and 4) Future Data Integration. iCERT Members are dividing their participation along experience, company-centric, and general interests in joining one or more sub-groups to move each area to a productive outcome. The sub-group descriptions follow: 1) Data Value – identifying which data integrations provide the most value in terms of improving public safety response. What assigns a “value” (what defines “value” is one of the tasks of this group) to each piece of data in any particular system or sub-system, and its associated dataflows and workflows? What outputs a high-value outcome for a particular set of data and specific data integrations and associated workflows? Identifying which data, when “married together” produces the most value in terms of efficiencies. How can such a concept be used to help all stakeholders (product management, vendors, developers, end-users and citizens) choose which integrations provide the biggest "bang for the buck"? 2) Existing Data Integration – what integrations exist today? What are successful examples of data integration (systems, processes, or governance)? What is motivating their development? How do we apply our “formula” to help identify the most valuable solutions? Simply Identify Roles and their associated Dataflows and workflows for incident lifecycle management (Pre-incident, mid-incident, and post-incident). There are potentially thousands of dataflows that can be identified, along with relay points and other items that can be identified as places to streamline the workflow. 3) Data Integration Enablers and Roadblocks – what are the roadblocks that keep the existing data integration from creating the real “value” that data integration can produce? What are the enablers that have provided some level of success and improved public safety response? This sub-group will focus on what can be done to reduce the effects of roadblocks and enhance the effects of enablers. This can include governance, funding models, technology, operational processes, or anything that is keeping data integration from being as innovative and broadly implemented as possible. 4) Future Data Integration – answering questions about what new integrations will be expected as technology advances? How does the IoT figure into Public Safety Data Integration for future systems? How does A.I. affect which data is important? How do we bridge the gap between data integrations of today with data integration of the future?