August 5, 2019 by Karima Holmes

Washington, D.C. Office of Unified Communications: Staying One Step Ahead

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Office of Unified CommunicationsNearly 700,000 people call Washington, D.C. their home, and our great city welcomes more than 22 million visitors annually. Including our residents, workers, and tourists, our daily population easily swells to 2 million. Our bustling city, the seat of the U.S. Federal Government, is home to some of the most notable U.S. tourist attractions and hosts many national commemorations and other major events.

D.C. Office of Unified Communications

Working behind the scenes to keep our nation’s capital humming is the Office of Unified Communications (OUC), serving as the District of Columbia’s emergency communications lifeline. Every day, OUC is responsible for providing and maintaining the best public safety communication network, infrastructure, and equipment for the Metropolitan Police Department, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, and 27 other law enforcement agencies.

The OUC is dedicated to keeping the nation’s capital safe and connected, and I am proud to serve as the agency’s director. We are trailblazers and continue to set the standard for emergency communications. In fact, over the years, we’ve led the charge in the National Capital Region, in the implementation of many solutions that are being deployed nationwide.

We’re constantly adopting new technology that enables us to adapt to and address evolving community needs. We understand that keeping up with the changes to technology will help us operate more effectively and efficiently – meeting stakeholders where they are and ensuring that the link to public safety is reliable.

Join us at APCO 2019

Want to learn more about the OUC and how it’s keeping pace with emerging advancements in public safety communication technology? Please join me in the Motorola Solutions’ Consultative Room (Exhibit Floor, Meeting Room 3) at 11 a.m. on August 12 where I’ll speak about our agency’s latest innovations and initiatives. Also plan to visit the OUC’s THOR – our Tactical Homeland Operations Response mobile PSAP vehicle – on the show floor, Booth 2009 on August 11th and 12th to see our technology in action. Not attending the show? Learn more about the D.C. Office of Unified Communications.

We value our partnership with Motorola Solutions, and they are planning a strong presence at APCO as well. Besides showcasing their Mission-Critical solutions in Booth 611 and meeting with customers in their consultative room nearby, Kristen McClain of their Service Offer team will be presenting on August 12th at 4:30 p.m. in Room 347-348. Her topic for the educational session is Simplifying the Complex: Services for Mission Critical Operations. Don’t miss it!

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