Recently I had the pleasure of hosting a roundtable in Los Angeles to discuss opportunities for innovation in our proposed nationwide interoperable wireless public safety broadband network, an important component of the President’s Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative.
Held at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department, our roundtable fostered a lively dialogue among some of the top academic, public safety, and communications industry leaders. Together we surfaced opportunities in areas where innovation might deliver greater value at lower cost such as network sharing, network (and security) operations centers, and wireless applications.
The discussion provided helpful input for the proposed R&D portion of the public safety investment, as called for in the President’s proposal, with emphasis on opportunities for pre-competitive R&D collaboration to accelerate the pace of innovation in delivering a cost-effective, secure, reliable network that meets public safety-specific requirements. Just as important, we identified potential pitfalls to avoid.
Topics ranged from new approaches to network and infrastructure sharing, cloud computing, and operations management.
I would like to personally thank the talented academic, public safety, and communications industry professionals who took the time out of their busy schedules to ensure we build a nationwide network that is as technically and operationally efficient and effective as possible.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage in this important topic.
Innovation Day Roundtable Attendees:
Aneesh Chopra is US Chief Technology Officer