Canada-US Enhanced Resiliency Experiment Series "CAUSE III" – Western Scenario - Wireless Communications Interoperability

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Authors
  1. Fournier, J.
  2. Dawe, P.
  3. Lucente, C.
  4. Casey, B.
  5. Pagotto, J.
  6. Cotter, D.
  7. Gusty, D.
  8. Merrill, J.
  9. Caplan, M.
  10. Booth, J.
  11. Thomas, J.
  12. Estes Cohen, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ON (CAN);International Safety Research Inc, Ottawa ON (CAN);Communications Research Centre, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
On December 7, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border (BTB) Action Plan, which set out joint priorities and specific initiatives for cross-border collaboration. A common goal within this partnership focused on enhancing the coordination of responses during binational disasters. Specifically, the plan states that Canada and the United States will “focus on cross-border interoperability as a means of harmonizing cross-border emergency communications efforts.” The Canada–US Enhanced Resiliency (CAUSE) experiment series addresses this binational goal and hypothesizes that technologically enhanced multi-agency and cross-border Situational Awareness (SA) measurably improves regional resilience. The third experiment in this series, CAUSE III was jointly sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG), the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Centre for Security Science (CSS), and Public Safety Canada (PS Canada). This cross-border initiative consisted of two experiments, performed in November 2014 based on two disaster scenarios—the first a Northeast hurricane, and the second a rangeland brush fire in the Western Plains, affecting Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana. In the case of the Western scenario, which is the focus of this report, emergency management agencies in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Montana worked together to assess the effectiveness of

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Keywords
wireless;broadband;experiment;long term evolution;LTE;land mobile radio;LMR
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R047 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2016
Number of Pages
191
DSTKIM No
CA042418
CANDIS No
803564
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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