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Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Rebecca Harned 
National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation 


Future First Responder: Accelerating Public Safety Communications Research

Join us for this virtual seminar to learn about the latest research on first responder communication technologies and upcoming funding opportunities.

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division accelerates innovation by investing in research to transform the future of public safety communications, technology, and operations. In order to fulfill this mission, PSCR relies on regular feedback from public safety practitioners. Through this seminar, you will:

  • Learn about Federal research developed to advance first responder communications technologies.
  • Receive valuable information about upcoming funding opportunities, as well as how to get involved as a participant, partner, and/or subject matter expert.
  • Gain insights on the most anticipated 2020 research news and impacts across technology areas, such as mission critical voice, location-based services, user interfaces/use experience, security, analytics, and resilient systems. -

Join the community! Contribute your voice to the conversation, and help influence the future of public safety communications technology research and development. -

Who Should Participate?

  • Public Safety Leaders and Emergency Managers across all levels of government who are responsible for local, regional, and/or state level commuications and technology decisions and acquisitions. -
  • IT, Technologists, and Communications Staff across all levels of government and the private sector, who provide IT and technology-related communications support to emergency responder agencies and departments. -
  • Technology Vendors and Providers including private sector companies that develop and provide communication technologies for public safety.


  • Dereck Orr, Division Chief, NIST PSCR

Dereck Orr is the Division Chief for the PSCR Division at NIST's Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL). Mr. Orr has also served as the Program Manager for the PSCR program since 2002, and he has led the trajectory of the PSCR’s research and impact by working closely with first responders, governments, academia, and industry. 

  • Ellen Ryan, Deputy Division Chief and Open Innovation Team Lead, NIST PSCR

Ellen Ryan is the Deputy Division Chief for the PSCR Division at NIST. She develops and manages best-practice processes for the division in operational areas such as lab deployment, safety, and security. In addition, she leads the PSCR Open Innovation (OI) team. Ellen's background is in operations, systems verification, and new product development, with over 20 years of industry experience in telecommunications research and development.

  • Scott Ledgerwood, Augmented Reality and Internet of Things, NIST PSCR

Scott Ledgerwood's work in the PSCR at NIST is focused on improving usability and user interface testing for first responders. His team is developing new test methodologies leveraging virtual and augmented reality to enable improved research, testing, and development of first responder technologies. Prior to joining NIST in 2015, Scott worked at the DHS-CBP where he managed cybersecurity teams responsible for Risk Assessments and FISMA Compliance.


  • Visit to view current and upcoming funding opportunities and prize challenges, download open source software, and get familiar with our internal and extramural research projects. -
  • Get connected! Keep current by signing up for PSCR's online mailing list. It's the best way to stay up-to-date with research news, funding updates, and events. ( -