According to Andrew Thiessen, requirements and standards lead for Public Safety Communications Research, once the LTE-based nationwide public-safety wireless broadband communications system is built, it will exist side by side with the sector’s LMR-based narrowband communications networks for at least a decade. Keep in mind that it likely will take at least a decade to build.
Often security configurations are set at the access point level, but NIST is recommending that enterprises set standard security configurations across all WLAN components, including client devices. Moreover, organizations should standardize, automate and centralize as much of their WLAN security configuration and maintenance as possible, NIST recommended.
Exactly what public safety’s requirements are for peer-to-peer communications is something that hasn’t been completely defined to date, and it’s a “conversation that needs to happen,” said Emil Olbrich, lead project engineer for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program.