Meeting the Interoperability Challenge
Explosive growth over the past decade in microprocessor and digital signal processing technology has allowed communication equipment vendors to build increasingly innovative digital radio technologies for public safety, government, and infrastructure users. These technologies offer the promise of providing features useful for increasing the efficiency of communications during both routine operations and crisis response. However, the proliferation of these new digital radio technologies has created an challenge to the National Emergency Communications Plan and SAFECOM interoperability vision set forth by the Department of Homeland Security and federal/state agencies. If and when the next major disaster strikes, will we find that our ability to interoperate is better off now than it was 10 years ago? What must be done to ensure that a continuum of communications across levels of government, between law enforcement jurisdictions, and among infrastructure response teams?
David T. Witkowski (Senior Product Manager, Anritsu) has over 25 years of experience in the wireless and telecommunication industries in positions ranging from field/site technician, RF site engineer, RF design engineer, to C-level executive of an early-stage startup. He serves as president of the non-profit Wireless Communications Alliance (www. wca.org), as a member of Dean's Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and as a Committee Member of the Wireless Communications Initiative for Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He is a Senior Member of the Radio Club of America, and is a Life Member of the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society. David obtained his BSEE from University of California (Davis) with a study emphasis on modulation theory and RF/wireless design.