Topic 3: Collaboration, Coordination, and Interoperability: Pressing Issues in a Need-to-Share World

1:00–3:00 p.m.

Current Initiatives, Technical and OrganizationalObstacles, and Opportunities in ICT Interoperability

15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A


Art Botterell, Contra Costa County, California, Office of the Sheriff (Moderator)

Ellis Kitchen, Chief Information Officer, Maryland Office of Information Technology, and Member, Interoperability and Integration Committee, National Association of State Chief Information Officers

Steve Cooper, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Red Cross

Lloyd (Gene) Krase, Administrator, Kansas Division of Emergency Management

Otto Doll, Commissioner, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, South Dakota

Dave Smith, Implementation Director, Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission

Robert Fletcher, President, Readiness Consulting Services, LLC, and Member, National Fire Protection Association NFPA 1600 Technical Committee


What policy and technical initiatives are currently underway to improve wireless interoperability across federal, state, and local levels? What results are anticipated, and over what time frames? How are data (including voice) generated, used, and shared across organizational boundaries today? What can be learned in terms of technology and practice from efforts to create systems capable of greater interoperability? How are standards helping or not helping? What kinds of interoperability are desired in the future? What technical, operational, economic, and policy challenges are likely to be unresolved, and merit further research? How do communication systems

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