New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
Expansion of consortiums and regional partnership
New York State counties continue to expand their participation in regional partnerships and formalize their governance and operating procedures. Communication consortiums are not static, geographic boundaries of consortiums and participation are fluid and dependent on many factors, such as geographical locations, already developed agreements and associations and other factors.
Regional solutions for cross-jurisdictional communication are underway around New York State. Best practices and models among these jurisdictions can be incorporated within the strategic and tactical communications plans throughout the State. This is aimed at the single goal of achieving interoperable communications on a larger scale, and at the same time realizing expanded coverage for first responders.
OIEC 2019 Communications Consortium Symposium
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications held their annual Communications Consortium Symposium on April 1 – 3, 2019. The location of this event was the Saratoga Casino Hotel, Saratoga Springs, NY.
The symposium offered an agenda with topics per day that included:
- The first half day on Monday will cover specific communications issues presented by SWICS in bordering states to include Ohio and Massachusetts.
- All day Tuesday will be the general sessions devoted to a broad range of communications related topics with presentations by HVICC and WNYICC; and a Federal Panel discussion.
- The final half day on Wednesday will be a continuation of the work on cross state interoperability, with a panel of SWICS from NY and bordering states of Vermont and Massachusetts.
Attendees enjoyed the hospitality and convenience of the Saratoga Casino Hotel. Approximately 150 representatives were in attendance to hear the Key Note presentation from Rear Admiral Hewitt, Assistant Director for DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Communication personnel from NYS, surrounding States and several Federal Agencies were represented.
OIEC 2020 Communications Consortium Symposium
Dates: March 23 through March 27, 2020
Place: Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, Niagara Falls
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications will hold their annual Communications Consortium Symposium on March 23 – 27, 2020. The location of this event will be the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, Niagara, NY.
The symposium will be a combined effort of OIEC and the 911 Coordinators. An agenda will be posted at a later date.
Watch for registration in December 2019.