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Canada’s first-responder network wins top international award

June 23, 2022  By Blue Line Staff

June 23, 2022, Mississauga, Ont. – Canada’s communications network for First Responders continues to attract international acclaim. This week, the PSBN Innovation Alliance (PIA) was recognized at the prestigious International Critical Communications Awards (ICCAs) for Best Government Authority Collaboration.

“Canadians need to know that when they are in urgent need of emergency services, whether due to natural disaster or man-made crisis, first responders are going to be on the scene, and will be equipped with the critical tools to save lives and get the job done,” said Anthony Odoardi, Executive Director of PIA and Deputy Chief of one of the PIA’s founding members, Peel Regional Police Service.

The ICCAs are the premier awards that recognize ground-breaking work in the Critical Communications field across the globe. This award was presented to the PIA because of its fundamental advocacy, cutting-edge technology and innovative model. This work has resulted in Canada’s first and only operational Public Safety Broadband Network—used by First Responders that serve over 2.5 million Canadians in life saving operations today.

The PIA has achieved rapid growth in under three years. This not-for-profit association has expanded to over 65 members, comprising Canadian First Responder organizations, governments, utilities, critical infrastructure entities, and innovative commercial partners from both Canada and around the globe.

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