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ITS Research Offers New Avenues for Improving Speech Recognition in Wireless Communications
Keith Gremban, Director of the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences

Noise is one of the more vexing communications issues first responders face during emergencies. Emergency scenes are often loud and chaotic, and responders must compete with background noise -- sirens, yelling, a roaring fire, severe weather and more -- when trying to communicate with the command center and each other.

Improving over-the-air transmissions so that essential verbal communications can be heard above background noise is part of the goal of signal processing, a decades-long specialty of NTIA's research laboratory, the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS). This week, ITS is presenting research that offers new avenues for addressing speech separation problems while enabling more efficient use of spectrum. The research could lead to solutions that produce higher speech quality, better speech intelligibility and less distorted sound -- while using less bandwidth.

Notice of 11/08/2017 Virtual Meeting of Multistakeholder Process on Internet of Things Security Upgradability and Patching
Date: 
October 12, 2017
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NTIA will convene a virtual meeting of a multistakeholder process on Internet of Things Security Upgradability and Patching on November 8, 2017. The virtual meeting will be held on November 8, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time. 

How NTIA Ensures Responders Can Communicate During Hurricane Recovery Efforts

United States Coast Guard helicopter
Source: United States Coast Guard

The devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria over the past few weeks triggered a massive response from emergency responders. Thousands of federal personnel have been deployed to the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, including National Guard troops, the Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency staff, mounting search-and-rescue missions and delivering emergency supplies of food and fresh water.

NTIA's role in these efforts is ensuring that these responders can communicate with each other and with the various state and local agencies on the ground. After Hurricane Harvey, NTIA's Scott Jackson and Ron Snider flew to Camp Mabry, Texas, where the Texas Department of Public Safety had set up a command post for its Communications Coordination Group. Jackson heads the Emergency Response Team for NTIA's Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), and Snider is a telecommunications specialist in OSM and also a member of the Emergency Response Team.

NTIA Release of Funding Level Determination for Each State
Date: 
September 29, 2017

By law, when FirstNet formally presents its State Plan for the National Public Safety Broadband Network to the Governor of each State, it must also provide "the funding level for the State as determined by NTIA."  This week, NTIA officially transmitted to FirstNet the Funding Level Determinations (FLDs) for each State listed in the document below.  To establish each FLD, NTIA used an estimate of the number of terrestrial sites (towers) in each State and territory necessary to achieve baseline coverage objectives based on National Institute of Standards and Technology technical modeling.

Notice of Funding Opportunity State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0
Date: 
September 27, 2017

NTIA issues this NOFO to describe the requirements under which NTIA will award grants for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program 2.0 (SLIGP 2.0), authorized by section 6302 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act), to assist state, local and tribal governments with planning activities for the nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.

Webcast Archive of 09/12/2017 Multistakeholder Process Meeting on Internet of Things Security Upgradability and Patching
Date: 
September 22, 2017
Broadband Interagency Working Group (BIWG) Members
Date: 
October 10, 2017

These are the points of contact for the BIWG as of October 2017. These individuals are available to answer questions about their Agency's participation in the BIWG and the status of action items contained in the Progress Report.

Multistakeholder Process; Internet of Things (IoT) Security Upgradability and Patching
Date: 
October 11, 2017

Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting will be on November 8, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time.  This will be a 'virtual' meeting, with a remote dial-in and online slide-sharing.  Details will be posted shortly.

Past Meetings

September 12, 2017

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