Standards Call to Action
As a leading public safety communications standards development organization, APCO establishes standards that are crafted by subject matter experts like you. The standards development process that APCO adheres to is a consensus-based, open and equitable balanced process. It is an excellent networking experience and a unique opportunity to enhance your professional development.
- Ensure interoperability, cost-effectiveness and innovation
- Leverage connectivity and data sharing
- Create a common language
- Establish performance benchmarks and core competencies
- Identify best practices
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Standards Review and Comment
As an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer and in an effort to maintain an open process, APCO is required to publish draft candidate standards for public review and comment. Any person (organization, company, government agency, individual, etc.) with a direct and material interest has a right to participate by:
- Expressing a position and its basis
- Having that position considered, and
- Having the right to appeal.
Standards Currently Open for Review and Comment
- Candidate American National Standard (ANS) 1.1113.1-201x Incident Handling Process Standard
This standard defines the recommended minimum steps and decision-making processes for the handling of public safety requests for service (referred to as “incident”). It defines the process for handling an incident by the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) from the initial report through the disposition of the incident.
- The public comment period for this standard is from July 20 through September 3, 2018. Use the following link to access the document for review and comment: Candidate American National Standard (ANS) 1.1113.1-201x Incident Handling Process Standard
- Candidate American National Standard (ANS) 1.108.1-201x Minimum Operational Standards for the Use of TTY/TDD or Similar Device in the Public Safety Communications Center
This standard provides minimum operational guidelines for public safety communications centers in providing emergency services access to the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing communities.
- The public may review and comment on this candidate standard from June 29 through August 13, 2018. Use the following link to access the document for review and comment: Candidate ANS 1.108.1-201x Minimum Operational Standards for the Use of TTY/TDD or Similar Device in the Public Safety Communications Center
- Candidate ANS 2.106.1-201x Public Safety Grade Site Hardening Standard
This standard represents public safety requirements regarding various characteristics to make mission critical communications network sites sufficiently robust to meet the service availability requirements of public safety. In other words, what it takes to make network sites “public safety grade” or the extent to which they are “hardened.” The document is intended to assist public safety communications network builders with the guidelines necessary to build hardened public safety grade networks. This document addresses hardening for wireless transmission and reception sites.
- The public may review and comment on this candidate standard from June 29 through August 13, 2018. Use the following link to access the document for review and comment: Candidate ANS 2.106.1-201x Public Safety Grade Site Hardening Requirements
For questions regarding APCO Standards, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Standards Program Manager at 920-579-1153.
Please continue to check this page for further updates. If you are aware of any current standards activities that may impact public safety communications, please email information to email@example.com.
Resources and Reference
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies organized to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world.
- The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
- The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
- Homeland Security's SAFECOM - Technology Solutions & Standards
- Project MESA: Mobility for Emergency and Safety Applications
- ATIS/ESIF: Emergency Services Interconnection Forum
Questions and Suggestions
If you have any questions, suggestions, or need for specific standards, please submit them for APCO's review to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Standards Program Manager at (920) 579-1153.