When it comes to public safety, there is no plan B.

SAIC offers broad expertise in public safety communication systems, fusing our deep communications engineering base with subject matter experts from the law enforcement, firefighting, emergency services, and military communities. Our team also includes former senior public safety officials, frequency coordinators, and state communications systems team members.

These professionals can help your organization design, procure, implement, integrate, and maintain improved communications systems that are interoperable with surrounding state, local, federal, and tribal agencies.

Our services also cover a broad range of related support:

  • Public safety communications planning
  • DHS-certified communications training
  • Broadband and FirstNet consulting services
  • Radio network design, integration, and deployment
  • Facilities and field surveys and audits
  • Wireless broadband design, engineering, and installation
  • Deployable mobile platforms
  • Network business case and financial analysis
  • Mobile app and software system development
  • SAIC Tsunami Buoy Systems

Delivering FirstNet Public Safety Planning

SAIC performs public safety broadband planning and provides support to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) State and Local Implementation Grant Program.

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Connecting responder communications.

Readiness and response depend on having all of your responders on the same page and sharing the same information. SAIC’s suite of software tools delivers accurate information when and where it is needed to enhance the collaboration and interoperability of diverse groups.

Government-owned network design.

SAIC’s network engineers have decades of experience designing and operating resilient, hardened data networks for use by the U.S. military worldwide in extremely critical and harsh environments, and our technical subject matter experts are active in national and international requirements efforts.

Education and outreach.

SAIC’s support of states is extremely effective in educating and increasing local agency awareness of the importance of public safety radio interoperability through workshops, hands-on instructional sessions, webinars, training materials, and informational brochures.

Be prepared for the unthinkable.

SAIC is one of the largest and most trusted integrators of information systems, network solutions, and data communications infrastructure in the world. We possess a broad set of skills and experience in planning, design, development, training, outreach, and tool development to support public safety communications networks.

Delivering FirstNet public safety planning support.

SAIC works with multiple states to perform public safety broadband planning and provide FirstNet State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) support. The State of California Governor's Office of Emergency Services awarded SAIC with a prime contract to provide planning support services regarding FirstNet.

Consulting Services

SAIC offers a wide range of consulting services to federal, state, and local clients. Our FirstNet consultants developed the FirstNet in Oregon website and FirstNet by the Numbers infographic, used not only by Oregon but by states from coast to coast, as well as at the national level, to educate local public safety stakeholders. Our consultants have traveled over 5,000 miles to conduct numerous FirstNet presentations in venues ranging from large conferences with hundreds of attendees to small groups at regional 911 centers and one-on-one presentations with executives and public officials.

State Plan Review

SAIC's multidisciplinary team of experts — ranging from commercial telecommunications and cybersecurity to financial analysis and public safety domain — has performed in-depth reviews of FirstNet's Request for Proposal, identifying state impacts and providing recommendations. SAIC's team is prepared to join your review team and provide the same critical insights when FirstNet releases its plan for your state.

Outreach and Awareness

For SLIGP, SAIC plans and implements FirstNet education and outreach programs that include:

  • LTE subject matter experts
  • In-person outreach presentations
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Webinars
  • Videos
  • Websites
  • Outreach flyers
  • Infographics
  • Social media content
  • Mobile applications

FirstNet Data Collection

For SLIGP Phase 2 FirstNet data collection and management needs, SAIC developed the Mobile Data Survey Tool (MDST) and the PLMN ID Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) Numbering Administration Tool for the allocation and assignment of LTE Network identifiers. Further, SAIC’s engineering SMEs support the Broadband 101 and Coverage workshops, preparing states not only for data collection but for the upcoming state network design consultations.

Fulfilling the mission of interoperable communications.

SAIC has developed a thorough understanding of the needs of the Public Safety community and the solutions to achieve interoperable communications.

For over a decade SAIC has served in the role of the Large Business Contractor for the Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) program. ICTAP provides technical assistance to public safety and first responders relating to technology and operational aspects of voice and data interoperability.

Approximately 250 Technical Assistance projects are completed each year across the nation and cover functional areas such as Planning, Exercises, Training, Engineering Analysis, and Broadband Workshops.

Public Safety Software Tools

An important facet of ICTAP are Public Safety Software Tools (PS Tools), and SAIC has been instrumental in their development and operation.

  • Communication Assets Survey Mapping (CASM) NextGen Tool—Information is collected and entered by each State/Local Agencies and is available in the comprehensive Communications Asset CASM Data Base along with key points of contacts.  Information is presented in a map oriented graphical interface with reporting capabilities.
  • Public Safety Library (PS Library)—A mobile app system that enables public safety reference information and documents to be stored in a cloud based electronic library, from which they can be downloaded to mobile devices (Apple iOS and Android) or accessed via web browser. Update alerts are distributed to app users who have downloaded the documents to their tablet or smart phone. Other tools useful to Public Safety community include the eSCIP and Frequency Management Tool (FMT).

Establishing communications interoperability.

SAIC’s public safety wireless communication support can help establish communications interoperability for efficient, effective coordination of a complete response team and their efforts.

Public Safety Communications Planning

SAIC offers public safety interoperability and wireless planning capabilities through our expertise in governance planning, resource estimation, operational and system architecture development, performance test and evaluation, and acceptance to verify user requirements are met.  SAIC has supported the elements of SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum which includes Governance, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Technology, Training and Exercises, and Usage.

Network Design

SAIC develops radio coverage and capacity user requirements; translation of these requirements to RF system design (Project 25 or other LMR technology); existing (legacy) radio and backhaul infrastructure assessment (including IP networks); radio coverage prediction based on user requirements; existing and potential RF sites system design assessment; and development of design alternatives and recommendations with justification.

Radio Tower Assessment

SAIC verifies existing radio towers and support systems infrastructure to assess the viability of network changes, such as adding new microwave links. Assessments may include:

  • Tower site survey
  • Structural analysis
  • Implementation plan
  • Test plan
  • Site work book
  • Structural analysis report
  • Interface Control Drawing (ICD)
  • Block Diagram
  • Bill of Material (BOM) and inventory list
  • Link path analysis

Deployment Management

SAIC manages the performance of site assessments (e.g., R56) preparation, permitting, and construction for wide-area systems (including statewide) for the latest IP-based Project 25 equipment.

Graphical Information Systems (GIS) Support

SAIC supplies GIS experts (full and part-time) to local fire districts and other public safety organizations to develop new applications and manage and expand existing operations, such as those supported by Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant funds.

Meeting the need for integrated communications solutions.

SAIC wireless architects, engineers, and technicians have decades of experience in international, domestic, government and private wireless broadband network systems engineering development, product development, deployment, and operations. SAIC offers:

  • Public Safety Broadband Planning—Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage and capacity design services to determine the optimum number of Evolved Node B (eNodeB) cell sites to meet Public Safety throughput, availability, and application latency requirements.
  • Turnkey Operations Support—Full turnkey and ongoing Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OA&M) of access networks of any size from Enterprise campus solutions up to statewide, regional macro RANs utilizing wireless broadband technologies such as LTE.
  • Network Business Case and Financial Analysis—Consulting services to Public Safety stakeholders, delivering CAPEX and OPEX planning and financial analyses for various turnkey, lease, and private-public partnership business case scenarios.
  • Deployable Mobile Platforms—Architecture, design, and deployment of wireless networks for a multitude of customer use cases including fixed/terrestrial, nomadic, and fully mobile platforms comprised of quickly deployable access nodes for Public Safety/First Responders for capacity augmentation in urban areas or expanded coverage in rural areas and tactical edge scenarios.
  • Datacast and LMR Integration Services—Integration of various IP access networks and platforms to complement and enhance LTE networks such as P25 LMR networks for mission critical voice, Datacast for expanded coverage capability, and full integration with NG 9-1-1 PSAPs.
  • Cybersecurity Assessment—Over 470 CISSP Security and cybersecurity analysts who conduct vulnerability, threat and risk assessments and mitigation solutions for access RAN, 9-1-1, and core networks, mobile devices, and mobile applications using tools such as our CyberSecurity Edge platform.

Collecting oceanic data for global tsunami assessment.

Significant and destructive tsunamis have demonstrated the need for reliable, real-time collection and sharing of accurate sea-level data among the world’s maritime countries. SAIC has supplied more than 85 percent of the world’s commercial deep-sea sensor and buoy systems that record and transmit critical measurements to the tsunami warning centers of our international customers. 

For over a decade, SAIC has collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the only company licensed to develop and implement commercial tsunami observation buoy systems based on its Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART®) technology. We have produced and deployed systems for countries including Australia, Chile, China, India, Japan, Russia, and Thailand and are now manufacturing our third-generation advanced DART-based buoy systems. SAIC's Poway, California, integration facility provides buoy production, repair, reconditioning, deployment, and recovery services for cost-effective, turnkey tsunami assessment solutions. 

Leading Technology 

SAIC produces multiple types of tsunami buoy systems:

  • SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB)—The system consists of a surface satellite communications buoy, deep-water data measurement sensors, and a mooring subsystem. Meeting or exceeding DART operational and performance standards, the STB is the only tsunami buoy available in the international market that has been tested and qualified by NOAA's National Data Buoy Center.
  • Easy-to-Deploy (ETD) DART—As a complementary capability to the proven STB system, this tsunami buoy design features a reduced number of components to shrink system size and weight. ETD DART is easier to deploy than the STB while maintaining high DART performance standards.
  • STB-MF—Employing the ETD DART's engineering advancements and additional design modifications, this third-generation system has higher performance and longevity capabilities. Featuring more flexible location and depth placement, the system is well suited to areas that exceed ETD DART's capabilities.

Leveraging the existing broadcast infrastructure.

SAIC's digital television (DTV) integration and implementation services include:

  • Performing DTV systems engineering and implementation, integrating datacast technology with LMR, LTE, and other fixed and wireless networks
  • Developing and performing customized system and operational-use training and exercises for public safety personnel and others
  • Analyzing day-to-day and major incident/event DTV usage
  • Creating and verifying concepts of operation (CONOPS) and integrated agency standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Developing or tailoring existing system-use governance

Successful solutions in high-risk scenarios.

Communication Assets Survey and Mapping (CASM) Tool

SAIC developed the CASM Tool and Database for the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and Navy SPAWAR System Center Pacific as part of the Public Safety Tools (PS Tools »). CASM enables the Public Safety community to enter comprehensive communications asset information into a nationwide database that is highly relevant to Public Safety communications infrastructure for LMR and broadband networks.

Public Safety Library App System

SAIC developed a cloud-based public safety document distribution mobile app for the DHS OEC that enables state and local public safety users to have the most accurate and up-to-date reference information when in the field. Users have downloaded thousands of crucial documents with the app, ranging from interoperability plans to field operations guides.

FirstNet by the Numbers

SAIC created the FirstNet by the Numbers infographic (PDF ») to help Oregon build public safety community awareness of FirstNet throughout the state. It has been so successful at telling the FirstNet story that states from coast to coast as well as the Department of Commerce FirstNet organization have accepted it as best practice.

Oregon Electronic Field Operations Guide (eFOG)

SAIC converted the state of Oregon's Tactical Interoperable Communications Field Operations Guide (TICFOG), a 250-page printed pocket reference, into an eFOG for public safety users to access on their mobile devices. The eFOG’s convenience and ease of use have been well received by the Oregon public safety community, registering hundreds of downloads in the short time since app release. Now, future updates to the eFOG can be distributed to users by a pop-up notification on their mobile device.

SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB)

SAIC built the first commercial deep-sea sensor and buoy system to record and transmit tsunami assessment data based on technology developed by NOAA. An STB system supplied to Russia worked in tandem with a NOAA buoy located east of Honshu, Japan, to measure the Tohoku Tsunami in 2011. SAIC's highly successful tsunami buoy systems are a major contributor to the evolving global tsunami buoy network.

Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) Numbering Plan

Under FCC Directive, SAIC was selected as the Numbering Administrator for the NPSBN.  SAIC defined the numbering scheme for the set of LTE NPSBN identifiers, made numbering assignments to the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) early builders networks, and continues to maintain the tool and database assignments on behalf of FirstNet.

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