Conference: March 27-31, 2017
Exhibits: March 29-30, 2017

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

In Partnership With

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  M111
  • Monday, March 27, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
Get an update on several case studies on early builder LTE deployments and trials, from cities, counties and states, for general interoperable communications to specific events and incidents.  Examine how various partners work together for both fixed and deployable networks, device management such as ruggedized handsets which allow for integrated...
Speakers
Kelly Castle

Project Manager
OhioFirst.Net

Todd Early

TxDPS Deputy Assistant Director
Tx Dept of Public Safety

Scott Edson

Special Operations Division
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

David Fein

Project Manager
Oklahoma Public Safety broadband Network Initiative (SLIG-P)

Steven Kropper

VP of Business Development
Parallel Wireless

Ed Mills

FirstNet Colorado Outreach & Education Manager
Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology

Niki Papazoglakis

Program Coordinator, Public Safety Tech Svcs
Harris County

Ramona Patts

Division Administrator
City of Columbus Department of Public Safety Division of Support Services

Satoru Persons

Director, Communications and Central Alarm Center
The Ohio State University

Cece Weirick

Communications Coordinator
Franklin County Regional 911

Knowledge Partner: 
Recognize why and when in- building wireless coverage enhancement is needed and the various solutions available. Explore a wide view of in-building applications, technology and regulatory requirements.  Discuss general communications issues inside buildings, confined spaces and underground; explore the needs of public safety and smart cities for indoor coverage; examine...
Speakers
Don Bishop

Executive Editor/Associate Publisher
AGL Media Group

Vito Coletto

Sales Director, Major Accounts
Altergy Systems

Mike Collado

Principal Consultant
Wireless 20/20

Brian Fontes

CEO
National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Dino Giordano

Principle RF Design Engineer, DAS/Wireless Products
Microwave Photonic Systems, Inc.

Minfei Leng

Applications Engineering Manager
Bird Technologies Group

Christopher Schenck

Director of Legal
Dali Wireless

Hugh Sinnock

Vice President of Customer Experience
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Fernando Sommariva

Director of Engineering
Fiplex Communications, Inc.

Examine the factors that affect the co-existence of LMR and LTE in a multi-network architecture as organizations migrate from one to the other. Discuss how broadband networks have transforming voice and data to provide a more efficient and cost-effective means to configure, manage, and operate systems. Explore the convergence, overlap...
Speakers
Mike Barney

Director of Public Safety Solutions
Kodiak

Peter Hudson

Head of Technology and Innovation
Sepura plc.

Michelle Johnson

Director, LTE Center of Excellence
Harris Corporation

Roman Kaluta

Director
JPS Interoperability Solutions, Inc.

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Steve Marzolf

ISP Director, 9-1-1 & GIS
Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Gary Monetti

Founder and Managing Director
Monetti & Associates

Mohan Tammisetti

CTO & Founder
Virtualnetcom

RF systems are evolving to IP based access network which have enabled dramatic changes in service types and communication management. Key challenges for new RF technologies include multi-network access control, congestion avoidance, application management, privacy, and security. Discover new digital wireless systems, terms, access devices, interconnection options, and other soft...
Speaker
Lawrence Harte

Managing Director
IPTV Magazine

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S230
  • Session Number:  M115
  • Monday, March 27, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
Get updated information useful for a deeper understanding and awareness of the established P25 standards, the matching equipment capabilities, and the continued evolution of system technologies and interfaces. Completed P25 Standards, recently published updates, and future P25 work priorities is covered. Content includes: A Basic P25 Standards Overview of Interfaces...
Speakers
Dominick Arcuri P.E., PMP, ENP

Principal
DVA Consulting

Andy Davis

Senior Resource Manager
Motorola Solutions

Cheryl Giggetts MBA, CHS-III

Senior Vice President
AECOM

Jim Holthaus

Vice President - Project 25 Solutions
RELM Wireless

Sridhar Kowdley

Program Manager
DHS Office for Interoperability and Compatibility

Chris Lougee

Principal
5 x 9 Communications

Stephen Nichols

Director
Project 25 Technology Interest Group

Todd Perdieu

Sr. Manager, Radio Products
Harris Corporation

Karthik Rangarajan

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Products
EF Johnson

Knowledge Partner: 
What exactly is Next-Generation 911?  What does it entail technically, technologically and operationally?  What governance considerations should an agency consider when deploying NG911?  Explore each of these areas in this overview of the next step for the US’s emergency systems.  Examine ESINets, security, control, network resiliency, path diversity and redundancy...
Speakers
Trey Forgety

Director of Government Affiars
NENA

Patrick Halley

Executive Director
NG911 Institute

Alice Johnson

Product Manager Call-Taking and MIS
Zetron, Inc.

R.D. Porter ENP

Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Dan Sawicki

Director NG9-1-1 Product Management
Motorola Solutions

Dorothy Spears-Dean

Public Safety Communications Coordinator
Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Mark Titus

Lead Marketing Product Manager
AT&T Public Safety Solutions


8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

For radio technicians with only beginning networking experience, this workshop offers an in-depth introduction to IP technology, terms, and equipment. Review ethernet/IP as the new trend for LMR backbones, how to develop IP addresses, various network elements, and tools to assist in troubleshooting. In addition, learn the benefits as well...
Speakers
Joe Blaschka Jr, PE

Principal
ADCOMM Engineering Company

Tom Manley

Senior Consultant
ADCOMM Engineering Company

Mike Norin

Senior Consultant
ADCOMM Engineering Company

Scott Peabody

Senior Consultant
ADCOMM Engineering Company

The convergence of radio and information technology has created a new challenge for information technology directors. Especially in government many of these IT experts are now managing their radio communication organizations with little or no knowledge of how they operate and what radio technology is all about. This class provides...
Speaker
Mark Pallans

General Manager
Pallans Associates, Communications Consultants


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S207
  • Session Number:  R56
  • Monday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course is designed to present the standards and guidelines for installing a Motorola communication system. Participants will understand how a properly...
Speaker
Michael Barton CETsr

Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team
Commdex Consulting

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S202
  • Session Number:  DAS
  • Monday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. This course is for anyone interested in learning about the fundamental theories, components, installation, maintenance and support of in-building Distributed Antenna Systems. Students completing this course will better understand how...
Speaker
Dane Brockmiller ETA - CTT, FOI, LAS, PIM, DAS

Trainer
Dover Telecommunication Services

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S206
  • Session Number:  FTTA
  • Monday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Class participants will use the latest technology and equipment to learn to properly install, splice, terminate, test, and troubleshoot optical fiber networks for fiber-to-the-antenna applications. The content focuses on the integration and installation of optical components in...
Speaker
Phil Shoemaker FOI, FOT-OSP

Instructor
The Light Brigade

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S201
  • Session Number:  GCT1
  • Monday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place Monday and Tuesday. Conducted by ATRG Technical Services, the General Communications Techician - Level 1 certification program introduces the attendee to basic elements of various communications concepts and technologies. This includes basic electronics, fundamentals of radio, tools, test equipment, power systems, cabling and...
Speakers
Merle Taylor

Trainer
Dover Telecommunication Services

Rob Walker CET

Owner
Walker & Associates

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S204
  • Session Number:  MWF
  • Monday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is  a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. Microwave radio continues to be a major part of radio and data transmission systems. Wireless carriers continue to deploy microwave systems for data backhaul, and with the advancement of LTE for public safety the need for microwave communications continues...
Speaker
Tom Dover

President
Dover Telecommunication Services, Inc.

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S205
  • Session Number:  MCEI
  • Monday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Certified Mobile Communications and Electronics Installer (MCEI) professionals install electronic systems that provide mission-critical and lifeline support to first responders, the U.S. military, utilities, transportation industries, manufacturers and other businesses.  This class teaches the skills applicable to all...
Speaker
Chris Dalton LAS

Principal Consultant
Radio System Analytics, Inc.

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S203
  • Session Number:  RFIM
  • Monday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day class that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. This course is for anyone who is involved with interference hunting in radio services. It will provide theoretical and practical fundamentals needed to effectively identify and locate radio frequency interference...
Speakers
Joe Delio CETsr

VP Marketing, Senior Field Engineer
IWA Technical Services, Inc.

Ira Wiesenfeld PE, CETsr

Consulting Engineer
IWA Technical Services


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

As LMR transitions to data-rich LTE, Application Program Interfaces (APIs) will be key.  APIs act as digital glue, binding disparate communications systems and applications together into a seamless solution for incident management.  Explore the use of APIs to integrate voice/data communications into control room applications, and how to leveraging APIs...
Speakers
Mariano Aguirre

Director of Channel Marketing
Kodiak

Kevin Coyne

VP Product Marketing - Safety Services
West Corporation

Randy Richmond

Standards & Regulatory Specialist
Zetron, Inc.

Many agencies continue to use legacy analog equipment because of operational, financial or logistical issues. These agencies recognize that digital radios and digital LMR networks can provide substantial improvements in features and capabilities, and migration techniques – include dual mode radios and networks – can provide for seamless transitions to...
Speaker
Paul May

Senior Product Manager
Harris Corporation

Knowledge Partner: 
In this case study, discuss the process implemented to replace the 14 year old legacy DAS at the Greater Toronto Airport.  Examine the strategic view taken to create a platform for the future encompassing the explosive growth in mobile data as well as future technologies including 5G, LTE-U, HetNet and...
Speakers
Dan Elliott

Manager Communications, Integrated Operational Control Centre.
Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Rob Graham

CEO
Genwave Technologies

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  M121
  • Monday, March 27, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Now that FirstNet has selected a partner, the real work of building out the NPSBN begins in earnest. Hear lessons learned from managing complex public safety programs that involved multiple stakeholders with disparate needs. Flexibility is the key to success as no one can foresee all the issues that will...
Speaker
Ray Lehr

Chief Public Safety Consulting
Clear Management

Cellular on Wheels (COWs), Systems on Wheels (SOWs) and Cellular on Light Trucks (COLTs) are solutions to extend your network when and where it is needed temporarily.  Learn the advantages and challenges of each mobile site solution. 
Speaker
Myles Lu

VP, Marketing and Business Development
Star Solutions International Inc.

Hear a leading consultant compare and contrast all the major technologies in communications technology so that you can determine which one is best for your situation.  It’s a great primer for the management or a CIO staff who may not be as well versed on narrowband and broadband as they...
Speakers
Brad Barber

Director of Operations
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

  • Room:   S229
  • Session Number:  M136
  • Monday, March 27, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
As wireless systems become more ubiquitous and complex, especially within an IoT framework, learn the value of finding weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems through ethical hacking.  Using the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, an ethical hacker can be a valuable tool to assess the security posture...
Speakers
Bill Butler

Chair, Cyber & Information Security and Director, Critical Infrastructures & Cyber Protection Ctr
Capitol Technology University

Michael Cooley

Chief Research Officer
Avtec

Rick Hansen


Capitol Technology University

Looking for alternative means to purchase body-worn cameras and other wireless communications technology? Join us to identify sources of grant funding including listing names, priorities, funding amounts, and deadlines of specific grants forecasted in 2017.  In addition, understand the types of grant-fundable technology, recognize language to determine if a grant...
Speakers
Michael Paddock

President & CEO
Grants Office, LLC

Ashley Schultz

Grants Development Consultant
Grants Office, LLC

Knowledge Partner: 
Over the last decade, SAFECOM has grown as a program attracting personnel from different disciplines and communications backgrounds to highlight and solve previous and emerging emergency communications obstacles reported from state and local responders.  Explore educating and engaging federal, state, local, tribal, decision makers on public safety communications on governance,...
Speakers
Ralph Barnett

SAFECOM Program Lead, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Paul Fitzgerald

SAFECOM Governance Vice Chair
Story County Sheriff, Nevada, IA

Chris Lombard


City of Seattle

Gerald Reardon

Vice Chair; Chief and Chief Engineer
SAFECOM, City of Cambridge Fire Department

Hear a case study of how remote spectrum monitoring was utilized to determine the root cause of a system problem that originally presented itself as interference but was determined to be a system hardware and software issue.  Understand the mechanism of remote system troubleshooting in general and specifically remote spectrum...
Speaker
Al Yerger

Senior RF Engineer
Bird Technologies Group

  • Room:   S232
  • Session Number:  M133
  • Monday, March 27, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
As regions and states continue to buildout large shared P25 systems, it is critical that all system owners and users have an approved set of policies to govern the operation, maintenance and technical aspects of the collective system. Review key shared system standards and hear examples of publicly available standards...
Speaker
Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Knowledge Partner: 
Learn about all of the present and future applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems or drones in the wireless infrastructure industry.  Discover how Unmanned Aerial Systems will be utilized in the post 600 MHZ Incentive Auction Broadcast Repacking work and the FirstNet Deployment work, as well as examine the important provisions...
Speaker
Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director
NATE


2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

What is 5G?  How is it different than just another “G” rollout from carriers?  In this overview, discover what 5G will mean to you, as well as examine the different flavors of LTE, including LTE-U, LTE-AA and LTE-M.
Speakers
Anu Mutluru

Director, E2E Architect AMS NAM
Nokia

Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and 5G-Courses.com

Scott Peabody

Senior Consultant
ADCOMM Engineering Company

Patrik Ringvist

Principal Solutions Manager, Industry & Society
Ericsson

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S232
  • Session Number:  M143
  • Monday, March 27, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
With the announcement of a potential nationwide TETRA network here in the US, get an update on the status of TETRA land mobile radio implementation throughout North America. With a focus on the technology's flexibility and strengths as experienced by actual users, review a case study of the statewide Diverse...
Speakers
Ricardo Bovo

CEO Telecommunications
Bembras Group

Peter Clemons


Quixoticity

Ed Gelsone

Principal
Microtel Source

Peter Hudson

Head of Technology and Innovation
Sepura plc.

Phil Kidner

Chief Executive
TETRA and Critical Communications Association

Kjeld Pharao

Chairman of the Board
DAMM Cellular Systems Inc

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S230
  • Session Number:  M145
  • Monday, March 27, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
With content derived from Project 25 user experiences and system case histories, hear a series of presentations from a diverse user group including federal, state and local government Systems. Examine examples of P25 systems, and each user’s scope, capabilities, agencies served, development, interoperability achieved, issues resolved and lessons learned.  
Speakers
Ernie Blair

CEO/Director Radio Infrastructure
Huntsville-Madison County 9-1-1 System

Tom Bretthauer

Ohio MARCS, Data Systems Manager
Ohio MARCS

Charles Brotherton

Wireless Communication Services Manager
City of Austin

James Downes

Supervisory Manager, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Kevin Jenkins

Executive Director
Calhoun County Alabama 9-1-1 District

Stephen Nichols

Director
Project 25 Technology Interest Group

Richard Schmahl

Program Director, MARCS
State of Ohio

Del Smith

ALMR Operations Manager
Alaska Land Mobile Radio

Scott Wright

Telecommunications Engineer
Connecticut Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection

Knowledge Partner:  GWTCA
This free-form format workshop brings together the real leaders in public agency radio – you and your peers. This will be an open forum for program and technical leaders of public agency radio programs to brainstorm, network, and share information. Bring your three biggest problems; someone else has faced the...
Speakers
Mark Bare

Director, Government Affairs
Motorola Solutions

Ray Flynn

Assistant Sheriff (retired)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Tom Mahon

Radio Project Manager
Washington State Dept of Natural Resources

Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Program Manager
Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech)

Eddie Reyes

Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager
Police Foundation

Shelley Westall

Office of the CIO
State of Washington

As the wireless environment becomes more congested, mixing analog and digital signals on the same and adjacent channels, interference issues grow.  At the same time, the proliferation of BDAs and in-building systems creating additional interference sources. Learn the rules and how to hunt interference from the experts!
Speakers
Jay Jacobsmeyer

President
Pericle Communications Company

Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

Alan Tilles

Partner
Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  M141
  • Monday, March 27, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Examine how 911 centers will interface with FirstNet, from both the legacy 911 and NG911 perspective.  Also examine what the interim steps will be as both FirstNet and NG911 begin to deploy.  Hear from a 911 expert on what PSAPs need from FirstNet, as well as what FirstNet will provide....
Speakers
David Buchanan

Director of Consultation
FirstNet

Charles Dowd

Public Safety Consultant
Former Board Member, FirstNet

Brian Fontes

CEO
National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Bill Hinkle

Senior 9-1-1 Advisor
FirstNet

Walter Magnussen

Director TAMU Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center
Texas A&M University

Harriet Miller-Brown ENP

President
NASNA


8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  T211
  • Tuesday, March 28, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
 Understand what exactly FirstNet will offer both operationally and technically.   What are my choices?  What kind of coverage do I expect?  What kind of throughput?  Who qualifies for FirstNet, and who gets priority?  What is the cybersecurity of the network?  
Speakers
Dominick Arcuri P.E., PMP, ENP

Principal
DVA Consulting

Rick Burke

Managing Partner
Televate

Kelly Castle

Project Manager
OhioFirst.Net

Todd Early

TxDPS Deputy Assistant Director
Tx Dept of Public Safety

Steve Fallin

Senior Product Manager
NetMotion Software

Robert LeGrande, II

Founder and CEO
The Digital Decision, LLC

Richard Mirgon


Richard Mirgon Consulting

Richard Reed

Chief Customer Officer (CCO)
FirstNet

John Stevens

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator/FirstNet Single Point of Contact
New Hampshire Department of Safety

Interoperable communications are vital not only for emergencies, but also for planned events, such as large sporting events (Super Bowl and World Series), spectator events (air and sea shows), trade summits (World Trade Organization and Free Trade Area of the Americas), and conferences/conventions (Democratic/Republican National Conventions). Most planned events require...
Speaker
Robert Sisley

COML/COMT
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Knowledge Partner: 
In a general sense, the Internet of Things has been around for a long time through machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.  But IoT is like M2M on steroids – it has more access for more users through more channels than M2M typically has.  In theory, IoT sounds like a panacea to all...
Speakers
Brian Buntz

Content Director
IoT Institute

Kevin Coyne

VP Product Marketing - Safety Services
West Corporation

Chris Kocher

Managing Director
Grey Heron Venture Consulting

Curtis Levinson

United States Cyber Defense Advisor to NATO
NATO

Alex I Sahu

Senior Product Manager, IoT
Cisco Systems

Knowledge Partner: 
The approach to network deployment has changed dramatically – there is no longer need to put up 20,000 towers for nationwide coverage.  But wireless sites themselves have changed with hetnets, digital antenna systems (DAS) and small cells, so the number of access sites has increased dramatically.  Deploying the sites is...
Speakers
Mark Hoppe

Consultant
Blue Wing Services

David Kokotoff PhD

Senior Sales Engineer
Kathrein

Alan Leffler N7WYE

Sales Manager- Americas
EMR Corp.

James Martin

Vice President - Operations
Zinwave

Greg Najjar

Director, Business Development
ADRF (Advanced RF Technologies, Inc.)

Jim Reville

Technical Sales Engineer
Sinclair Technologies

Derek Underwood

Vice President Sales, North America
Cambium Networks

Knowledge Partner: 
Hear an in-depth review of the changes to the NFPA’s code requirements for in-building two-way radio coverage for public safety communications.  Examine basic radio principles as they apply to in-building coverage, while defining the stakeholders, including the ATP (Acceptance Test Procedure) of these systems, infrastructure considerations and tips for inspections....
Speakers
Chris Baker PE

Battalion Chief
Roseville CA Fire Department

Chris Godwin

Senior Wireless Technologist
RF Solutions LLC

Minfei Leng

Applications Engineering Manager
Bird Technologies Group

Kevin Persing

Western Regional Manager
Cobham Wireless

Andrew Ruschak

Wireless Technology Consultant
Stantec

Alan Tilles

Partner
Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S225
  • Session Number:  T213
  • Tuesday, March 28, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
DMR has evolved as the leading digital LMR technology for conventional and increasingly also for trunking solutions. The conventional repeater solution DMR Tier II offers future proof easy to migrate from analog radio systems for users who focus on reliable group communication with the option to use individual calls as...
Speakers
Don Cornett


Motorola Solutions

Dan Draughn


Leonardo Critical Communications

John Graham

Transport Market Development Manager
Tait Radio Communications

Robin Grier

President
Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc.

Alessandro Guido

DMR System Design
Leonardo Company

Sara Isoardo

Export Sales Manager
Radio Activity srl

Roberto Marengon

CEO
Radio Activity

Chris McAuley

Sales Director
Spectrum Communications Ltd

Brian Seedle


DMR Association

  • Room:   S232
  • Session Number:  T212
  • Tuesday, March 28, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Tracks: 
Examine the interoperability of voice networks as organizations consider their options and needs as they migrate from LMR to LTE or MCPTT over cellular.  Discuss how IP has revolutionized traditional voice communications.  Compare the benefits and limitations of a private narrowband network to broadband, including speed, volume and cybersecurity. Explore...
Speakers
Blaine Bertrand

Director Technical Services
Randal County Sheriff's Office

Robert Escalle

Vice President – Public Safety & Defense Market Segments
Sonim Technologies, Inc.

Steve Graves

CIO
City of Richardson, TX

Steven Kropper

VP of Business Development
Parallel Wireless

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Michael Newburn

Wireless/Radio Solutions Manager
Department of Information TechnologyCounty of Fairfax, Virginia

Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and 5G-Courses.com

Kris Patel

Chief Technology Officer, EVP Engineering, Co-Founder
Kodiak

Kenneth Rehbehn

Principal Analyst, Mobility Team
451 Research


8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S226
  • Session Number:  T201
  • Tuesday, March 28, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
This is an updated version of the very popular program last year, presented by Capitol Technology University. The topic of cybersecurity grabs the headlines on a daily basis with spectacular breaches such as those perpetrated on government and Business.  Agencies, companies and individuals need to know the fundamentals of securing...
Speakers
Bill Butler

Chair, Cyber & Information Security and Director, Critical Infrastructures & Cyber Protection Ctr
Capitol Technology University

Rick Hansen


Capitol Technology University

Curtis Levinson

United States Cyber Defense Advisor to NATO
NATO

Vic Maconachy

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Capitol Technology University

The Project Management Institute (PMI) defines a project as a “temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service.” Projects are undertaken at all levels of an organization. They may involve a single person or many thousands. In this workshop, discuss project management tools and techniques, as well as...
Speaker
Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S207
  • Session Number:  R56
  • Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wendesday and Thursday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course is designed to present the standards and guidelines for installing a Motorola communication system. Participants will understand how a properly...
Speaker
Michael Barton CETsr

Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team
Commdex Consulting

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S202
  • Session Number:  DAS
  • Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. This course is for anyone interested in learning about the fundamental theories, components, installation, maintenance and support of in-building Distributed Antenna Systems. Students completing this course will better understand how...
Speaker
Dane Brockmiller ETA - CTT, FOI, LAS, PIM, DAS

Trainer
Dover Telecommunication Services

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S206
  • Session Number:  FTTA
  • Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Class participants will use the latest technology and equipment to learn to properly install, splice, terminate, test, and troubleshoot optical fiber networks for fiber-to-the-antenna applications. The content focuses on the integration and installation of optical components in...
Speaker
Phil Shoemaker FOI, FOT-OSP

Instructor
The Light Brigade

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S201
  • Session Number:  GCT1
  • Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place Monday and Tuesday. Conducted by ATRG Technical Services, the General Communications Techician - Level 1 certification program introduces the attendee to basic elements of various communications concepts and technologies. This includes basic electronics, fundamentals of radio, tools, test equipment, power systems, cabling and...
Speakers
Merle Taylor

Trainer
Dover Telecommunication Services

Rob Walker CET

Owner
Walker & Associates

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S204
  • Session Number:  MWF
  • Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is  a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. Microwave radio continues to be a major part of radio and data transmission systems. Wireless carriers continue to deploy microwave systems for data backhaul, and with the advancement of LTE for public safety the need for microwave communications continues...
Speaker
Tom Dover

President
Dover Telecommunication Services, Inc.

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S205
  • Session Number:  MCEI
  • Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Certified Mobile Communications and Electronics Installer (MCEI) professionals install electronic systems that provide mission-critical and lifeline support to first responders, the U.S. military, utilities, transportation industries, manufacturers and other businesses.  This class teaches the skills applicable to all...
Speaker
Chris Dalton LAS

Principal Consultant
Radio System Analytics, Inc.

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S203
  • Session Number:  RFIM
  • Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day class that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO CLASS. This course is for anyone who is involved with interference hunting in radio services. It will provide theoretical and practical fundamentals needed to effectively identify and locate radio frequency interference issues...
Speakers
Joe Delio CETsr

VP Marketing, Senior Field Engineer
IWA Technical Services, Inc.

Ira Wiesenfeld PE, CETsr

Consulting Engineer
IWA Technical Services


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
When your city is suddenly selected to host a National Special Security Event involving senior U.S. government officials under the protection of the US Secret Service, how do you prepare for interoperable communications? This session brings together federal, state and local officials who have been involved in such events as...
Speakers
Jim Jarvis

Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Daniel Moore

Dispatch Administrator
Cleveland Division of Police

Jeff Wobbleton

Chief Operation Officer
District of Columbia Office of Unified Communication

Mark Wrightstone

Chief
Pennsylvania State Police

The use of 40 watt base stations with 5 watt subscriber radios makes talk-in performance a weak link. TDMA technology makes the task of measuring and optimizing talk-in performance more difficult.   This presentation discusses the issue of measuring and optimizing talk-in performance on TDMA radio systems.  Tools to map...
Speakers
Tom Brinkoetter

Consultant
Anritsu Company

Steve Kometz

Consultant
Kometz Consulting

The P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) promotes the acceleration of standards and develops testing to enable first responders' communications systems to work with each other. Project 25 (P25) develops standards that allow radios and other components to interoperate regardless of manufacturer-enabling first responders to exchange critical communications. P25 CAP tests...
Speakers
James Downes

Supervisory Manager, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Jim Holthaus

Vice President - Project 25 Solutions
RELM Wireless

Sridhar Kowdley

Program Manager
DHS Office for Interoperability and Compatibility

Gerald Reardon

Vice Chair; Chief and Chief Engineer
SAFECOM, City of Cambridge Fire Department

Knowledge Partner: 
Spectrum shortage and user demand for data has driven mobile carriers to shift their network strategies to Heterogeneous Networks ("HetNets") using Small Cell and DAS architectures. Federal laws such as the FCC Shot Clock and Section 6409 of the 2012 Spectrum Act require local governments to respond within specified time-frames...
Speaker
David Witkowski

Executive Director, Wireless Communications Initiative
Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Knowledge Partner: 
Discover the most innovative way to remotely monitor your wireless sites in a way that’s not going to break the bank or risk injury to your employees.  Explore sensors, spectrum monitoring, drones, IoT and more.   Sponsored by:
Speakers
James Craig

Director of Development
Nova Communications

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director
NATE

Knowledge Partner: 
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is commonly referred to when talking about IP-based telephony and voice transmission. SIP is used for 911 voice traffic, standard telephony, and radio traffic. Understand SIP telephony, SIP signalling and related protocols used in IP telephony. The goal of this session is to provide an introduction...
Speaker
Joe Blaschka Jr, PE

Principal
ADCOMM Engineering Company

As cities consider autonomous and driverless vehicles for bus, taxi and other city transportation fleets, examine what’s necessary to keep the public moving and also safe.  Explore the technology, backhaul and connectivity, cybersecurity, deployment and citizen engagement.    
Speaker
Sam Abuelsamid

Senior Research Analyst
Navigant Research


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
Learn about the Federal government’s vision for and efforts to date on increasing broadband access, use and technology deployment across the country.  For nearly five years, several key Federal Departments and agencies have been working closely together to increase the efficiency and transparency for broadband projects on Federal lands and...
Speakers
Keith Adams

Assistant Administrator – Telecommunications Program
USDA/RUS

Ranel Capron

Federal Preservation Officer
US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management

Dusty Rhoads

National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Darrell Smith

Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Knowledge Partner: 
Hear real world examples from several public safety agencies and understand how integrating an intelligent vehicle area network at LTE speeds can increase your situational awareness.  From vehicle to in-field resources, mobile workforce, mission-critical data and remote applications, explore how to use time-sensitive vehicle and equipment telematics data from real-time...
Speaker
Greg Hill

Senior Director of Product Management
CalAmp

With the advent of FirstNet and the promise of ubiquitous wireless broadband service for public safety agencies, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) must now compete for valuable and scarce resources to support the public safety communications mission.  LMR Sustainment can be accomplished through a number of means including: education of the...
Speakers
James Downes

Supervisory Manager, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Gary Mitchelson

Investigative Specialist
FPIC, US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Rodger Strope

FPIC, Missouri Deputy Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
State of Missouri

Bob Symons

Public Safety Communications Commission
State of Wyoming

The P25 CAP is a thorough process for testing the P25 features and services within communications equipment to determine their compliance to the P25 Standard. What is the testing process, how is it conducted, what documents are created, how are they posted, how do you interpret and use them for...
Speakers
Jeremy Elder

Systems Product Line Manager
Harris Corporation

Chris Lougee

Principal
5 x 9 Communications

Randy Richmond

Standards & Regulatory Specialist
Zetron, Inc.

Michael Schafer

President
Compliance Testing, LLC

Don Speights

President
Speights Telecom, Inc.

The Communications Unit at a major incident is faced with many new challenges because of upgrades and new technology. But are Communication Unit Leaders and Technicians getting what they need?  Have they been trained for the changing broadband technologies?  Examine what is changing for Communication Units.  Sponsored by:
Speakers
Kody Kerwin

Public Safety Communications Specialist
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Rick Smith

CEO/Chief Consultant
RS Communication Consultants

Don Stabler

Battalion Chief
Cordelia Fire District (retired)


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
Receive an update on public safety broadband requirements work being conducted by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), including technical and operational considerations for broadband deployable systems, LMR to LTE migration including off network and radio ID, and the role of sensors and analytics in public safety.  Sponsored by:
Speakers
Kim Coleman Madsen

Broadband Implementation Manager
State of Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology

Chris Kindelspire

LMR to LTE Working Group Chair
NPSTC

Barry Luke

Deputy Executive Director
NPSTC

Tom Sorley

Deputy Director, Radio Communication Services
City of Houston, IT Services (HITS)


2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   S225
  • Session Number:  T243
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
A comprehensive device management strategy is critical for all users to handle voice, data, text, image and video. Two-way radios and other devices are evolving, but are you investing in your device capabilities? Examine new device options – the hardware, the software and the right programming.  Compare the features and...
Speakers
Robert Escalle

Vice President – Public Safety & Defense Market Segments
Sonim Technologies, Inc.

Muzibul Khan

Director of Corporate Planning
Kyocera International Inc.

Jani Lyrintzis

Vice President and General Manager
Bittium USA, Inc.

Steve Macke

Principal
Advent C3

Brendan O'Brien

Global Device Services Offer Manager.
Motorola Solutions

Ryan Seick

Global Business Development Manager
Harris Corporation

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  T241
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
The Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network will likely affect areas beyond public safety, including utilities, transportation and even enterprise and industry.  In this review, examine what is now known as FirstNet, including the issues that arose after 9/11 the provided the impetus for a suggested nationwide network, through to the...
Speakers
Charles Dowd

Public Safety Consultant
Former Board Member, FirstNet

Anna Gomez

Partner
Wiley Rein LLP

Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

Jeffrey Johnson

Vice Chairman
FirstNet

TJ Kennedy

President
FirstNet

Harlin McEwen

Honorary President, International Association of Chiefs of Police
FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee

Kevin McGinnis

Board Member
FirstNet

Fred Scalera

Director of Public Safety Innovation
Brooks Bawden LLC

Knowledge Partner: 
An FCC license to operate a transmitter is the single official, and legal, document allowing you to operate the most important resources keeping you in operation. Learn how the FCC licensing system works, how to license your system correctly, the hazards of not maintaining an FCC License, and what your...
Speakers
Amanda Bredstrup

Processor
AFC - APCO International Spectrum Management Division

Farokh Latif

Director
AFC-APCO Spectrum Management Division

Judy Stone

Team Leader
APCO International

Command centers are the hub of many communications systems.  Discuss trends with console integration such as push-to-talk over cellular, mobile command and control, in-building issues, upgrading CAD capabilities, and increasing situational awareness within the center.    Explore new technologies such as IoT, big data and video storage concerns, solutions for real-time...
Speakers
Karen Carlson

Manager, Product Management - Smart Public Safety Solutions Service Offers
Motorola Solutions

Mark Cranmore

Product Manager Radio Dispatch
Zetron, Inc.

Igor Glubochansky

Executive Director – Advanced Mobility, Product Management
AT&T Business Solutions

Chris Godwin

Senior Wireless Technologist
RF Solutions LLC

Alice Johnson

Product Manager Call-Taking and MIS
Zetron, Inc.

John Locatelli

Manager, Product Management
Avtec

Jim Lyon

Product Manager CAD and GIS
Zetron, Inc.

Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Program Manager
Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech)

Knowledge Partner: 
The tower and site industry is in flux and going through massive changes.  The regulations for tower compliance is an ever-evolving process with changes in requirements for environmental assessments, cultural and historical preservation, lighting requirements and even safety considerations both physically and through RF exposure.  Site assets are also be...
Speakers
Benjamin Afton, CSP, CHST

ESH&S Manager - Telecom Division
Black & Veatch Corporation

Miranda Allen

CEO
RSI Corp.

Cory Crenshaw

President
Crenshaw Communications Consulting, LLC

Thomas Engel

Director
Milestone Media, LLC and Strategic Tower Advisors

George Molnar

Director, Engineering, IT and Emergency Response
Clark County School District - Vegas PBS

Paul Roberts

VP of Compliance
American Tower Corporation

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director
NATE


2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

  • Room:   S229
  • Session Number:  TM2
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
In 2016, the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and the National Governors Association (NGA) launched the Policy Academy on Enhancing Emergency Communications Interoperability.  Its mission is to address the constantly-evolving challenges of interoperability, so that when the next emergency strikes, we are fully prepared.  The Academy is helping states...
Speakers
Jackita Bass

Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Gordy Coles

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
State of Utah

GE McCabe

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
State of West Virginia

Jeffrey McLeod

Division Director, Homeland Security & Public Safety Division
National Governors Association


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   S229
  • Session Number:  TM3
  • Tuesday, March 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join S&T Program managers and engineers to discuss some of the cutting edge technologies S&T is funding to help responders be protected, connected and fully aware such as datacasting, communications resiliency and spectrum management, modeling and simulation, augmented reality and virtual reality applications for incident command training. •      ...
Speakers
Sridhar Kowdley

Program Manager
DHS Office for Interoperability and Compatibility

Cuong Luu

Program Manager, Science & Technology Directorate
US Department of Homeland Security

Eileen Smith

Director, E2i Creative Studio, Institute for Simulation and Training
University of Central Florida


5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Room:   S228
  • Session Number:  ATT
  • Tuesday, March 28, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The integration of broadband LTE networks with Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems has enabled new broadband applications to service the LMR community. Learn how AT&T and other companies are collaborating to offer essential applications to meet critical operational and emergency use case requirements. This is also your chance to meet...

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

  • Room:   S229
  • Session Number:  TM4
  • Tuesday, March 28, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
In early 2016, a group of public and commercial sector leaders formed a Coalition to accelerate the adoption of Next Generation 911 (NG911) services across America, with the goal of nationwide implementation by the end of the year 2020. The NG911 NOW Coalition – a group of thought leaders in...
Speakers
Brian Fontes

CEO
National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Lisa Madden

Vice President, NG911 and FirstNet, Winbourne Consulting
iCERT

Dorothy Spears-Dean

Public Safety Communications Coordinator
Virginia Information Technologies Agency


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Room:   S230
  • Session Number:  ETAM
  • Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Membership in ETA’s professional association provides meaningful growth, resulting from the added value members receive through professional development and involvement with other members. One of the privileges of membership in ETA International is your right to voice your opinion about the direction of ETA and to learn how it has...

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

  • Room:   Keynote Area
  • Session Number:  OKA
  • Wednesday, March 29, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
This presentation will discuss the US experience in deploying shared spectrum services in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, and what it may portent for future wireless architectures and technology. This innovative band concept has enabled the emergence of a unique ecosystem, focused on high capacity, localized...
Speaker
Preston Marshall PhD

Technical Program Manager, Spectrum Access Technology
Google


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   S204
  • Session Number:  CET
  • Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. The Associate certification is designed for technicians who have less than two years experience or trade school training for electronics technicians. Topics covered include:  DC Electronics, AC Electronics, Components &...
Speaker
Chris Miller GROL

Professor of Technology
Heartland Community College

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S207
  • Session Number:  R56
  • Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course is designed to present the standards and guidelines for installing a Motorola communication system. Participants will understand how a properly...
Speaker
Michael Barton CETsr

Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team
Commdex Consulting

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S206
  • Session Number:  FTTA
  • Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Class participants will use the latest technology and equipment to learn to properly install, splice, terminate, test, and troubleshoot optical fiber networks for fiber-to-the-antenna applications. The content focuses on the integration and installation of optical components in...
Speaker
Phil Shoemaker FOI, FOT-OSP

Instructor
The Light Brigade

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S203
  • Session Number:  LAS
  • Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. For technicians performing a Line and Antenna Sweep using a frequency domain reflectometer (FDR), get an introduction to antenna system commissioning, examine the RF fundamentals and mathematics of decibels. Review...
Speaker
Don Huston

GES Training Manager
Bird Technologies Group

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S205
  • Session Number:  MCEI
  • Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Certified Mobile Communications and Electronics Installer (MCEI) professionals install electronic systems that provide mission-critical and lifeline support to first responders, the U.S. military, utilities, transportation industries, manufacturers and other businesses.  This class teaches the skills applicable to all...
Speaker
Chris Dalton LAS

Principal Consultant
Radio System Analytics, Inc.


9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   Keynote Area
  • Session Number:  MKA
  • Wednesday, March 29, 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Hear from the FirstNet CEO as he updates the audience with the latest.
Speaker
Michael Poth

CEO
FirstNet


10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S226
  • Session Number:  W08
  • Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
More fiber optic cable will be installed in the US in the next couple years than in the last ten. The push for fiber to the customer premise is driving this demand.  MSOs and Telecom companies are looking for the best way to beef up their fiber networks.  This need...
Speaker
Dennis Brown


Ericsson

Knowledge Partner: 
Wireless has changed 911 significantly.  Cell phones, smart phones, IP networks – there are limitations to what our current system can manage, and NG911 is still not fully operational in all locations.  FirstNet may put an even bigger strain on these legacy systems, but cybersecurity is a huge consideration for...
Speakers
Chris Baker PE

Battalion Chief
Roseville CA Fire Department

Al Gillespie

Past President IAFC
IAFC

Steve Marzolf

ISP Director, 9-1-1 & GIS
Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Harriet Miller-Brown ENP

President
NASNA

Knowledge Partner: 
Smart City initiatives are popping up around the globe. Innovative technologies and services support a plethora of "smart" - smart energy, smart building, smart water, smart homes, smart transportation, smart infrastructure, smart governance, smart education and smart consumer. The list may seem to encompass all things, and that would be...
Speakers
Richard Bertalan

Technology Manager
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Ron Bilodeau

Project Manager Demand Response
NV Energy

Bobbi Harris

Vice President, Market Strategy & Development
Utilities Telecom Council

Ken Hosac

VP Business Development
Cradlepoint

AJ Ramsey

Senior Marketing Manager, Global Public Sector
Cisco

Patrik Ringvist

Principal Solutions Manager, Industry & Society
Ericsson

Rick Veghte

Director- Sales Engineering
Kathrein

Radio system projects can be daunting. Get key insights needed to properly architect and design your next radio system, including how NOT to specify coverage requirements. Identify the items necessary in specifying coverage and developing testable coverage requirements that form the basis of system design in a cost-effective manner.  Avoid...
Speakers
Donald Denning

Manager
DELTAWRX

Rodney Grim

National Technical Sales Manager
ICOM America, Inc.

Granaz Movahed

Senior Consultant
Deltawrx

  • Room:   S232
  • Session Number:  W03
  • Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
Cellular, land mobile radio, mission-critical push-to-talk, Voice over LTE….  From analog to digital to OTT and enhanced cellular, push-to-talk communications have evolved significantly in the recent years.  But what do all these different flavors mean to you?  Explore the different types of voice communications available now and what MCPTT might...
Speakers
Igor Glubochansky

Executive Director – Advanced Mobility, Product Management
AT&T Business Solutions

Michelle Johnson

Director, LTE Center of Excellence
Harris Corporation

Bruce Lawler

Chief Product Officer, EVP Marketing, Co-Founder
Kodiak

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Ramesh Rangarajan

Vice President - Broadband Communications and Collaboration Solutions
Motorola Solutions

Ross Spearman

CTO
Tait

As public safety use of video expands exponentially, administrators find themselves confronted with an increasing challenge in managing video and data. As is often the case technology challenges can be overcome; however, issues related to policy can be biggest hurdles for an agency to overcome.  This session examines the different...
Speakers
John Contestabile

Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness &Response Systems
Johns Hopkins, Applied Physics Lab

John Garofolo

Senior Advisor for Information Access Programs, Information Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Jonathan Lewin

Commander, Information Service Division
City of Chicago

Cuong Luu

Program Manager, Science & Technology Directorate
US Department of Homeland Security

Donald Zoufal

Safety and Security Industry Executive
SDI (System Development Integration, LLC)

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  W01
  • Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
Discuss the ramifications of deploying your own RAN or having FirstNet build it for the state. Examine what each governor must learn in order to understand the legal, technical, financial and operational ramifications of a state opting in or out.  
Speakers
Dominick Arcuri P.E., PMP, ENP

Principal
DVA Consulting

Ryan Burchnell

Director
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Anna Gomez

Partner
Wiley Rein LLP

Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

John Stevens

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator/FirstNet Single Point of Contact
New Hampshire Department of Safety

Shelley Westall

Office of the CIO
State of Washington

As the spectrum availability continues to decrease and the consumer demands increase, industry at large must navigate complicated myriad regulations in order to deliver products to the population. Each system deployment faces unique challenges and there is no one size fits all solution. Often, a well- engineered solution dives head...
Speakers
Cory Crenshaw

President
Crenshaw Communications Consulting, LLC

Preston Marshall PhD

Technical Program Manager, Spectrum Access Technology
Google


10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

  • Session Number:  EHW
  • Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) is building partnerships with nationwide startup accelerators and industrial design firms to “re-imagine” the future of first response and identify state of the art technologies. Attendees can expect discussion around how to find commercially-available wearable technologies that can be adapted...
Speakers
David Ihrie

Chief Technology Director
Center for Innovative Technology and MACH37 Cybersecurity Accelerator

Brendan Karp

Chief of Staff
TechNexus

Grant Tietje

Senior Project Manager, Public Safety and Emergency Management
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • Room:   S232
  • Session Number:  W13
  • Wednesday, March 29, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
Hear several case studies on how broadband is being used for push-to-talk capabilities. 
Speakers
Keith Briesacher

System Administrator, Member Services
Automobile Club of Missouri

Peter Clemons


Quixoticity

Jack Delperdang

Director of RMC Customer Service & Dispatch Operations, National Transportation Perf Mgr, Transportation Telematics Lead
Old Castle Materials

Charles Dowd

Public Safety Consultant
Former Board Member, FirstNet

Beau Sands

IT Manager
American Medical Response (AMR)

Fred Scalera

Director of Public Safety Innovation
Brooks Bawden LLC

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S226
  • Session Number:  W18 - CANCELLED
  • Wednesday, March 29, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
Ethernet has changed the entire communications world.  The role Ethernet has played in communications has allowed us to expand all forms of communications.  Without Ethernet the ability to transmit voice, video and data over wireless communications would be severally limited.
  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  W11
  • Wednesday, March 29, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
NTIA and the FCC have statutory responsibilities, including evaluation of alternative state plans and spectrum lease/RAN construction grant applications for opt-out states.  This panel of OPSC and FCC experts examines their collaborative activities and thoughts surrounding their responsibilities under the FirstNet legislation, especially on the statutory requirements and process that...
Speakers
David Buchanan

Director of Consultation
FirstNet

Carolyn Dunn

State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) Director
NTIA

David Furth

Deputy Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Brian Hobson

Director of State Plans
FirstNet

Marsha MacBride

Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Public Safety Communications
NTIA

Radios are only useful if you can hear what’s being said.  RF noise builds up over time, not only at radio sites but also where the radio system users operate, and interference can kill performance.  You also need to make sure your audio quality and speech processing is good.  Review...
Speakers
Jim Bankston

VP, Systems Engineering
dbSpectra Inc.

Bryan Corley

RF Interference Specialist
dbSpectra

Knowledge Partner: 
Examine how utilities and public safety may be able to share the 700 MHz public safety broadband network and the 4.9 GHz band. Discuss a report by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (of which UTC is a member) that explains priority and quality of service and identifies a framework...
Speakers
Klaus Bender

Principal Engineer
SiteSafe

Ralph Haller

Executive Director
FCCA

Brett Kilbourne

Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs and Deputy General Counsel
Utilities Telecom Council

Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and 5G-Courses.com

  • Room:   S225
  • Session Number:  W16
  • Wednesday, March 29, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
Ongoing risk assessments and business workflow assessments consistently point to employees as the biggest cyber risk in any organization and a key component of cybersecurity preparation. Discuss how cybercriminals are targeting company employees as the entry point from which to launch cyberattacks, and the measures that companies can take to...
Speakers
Patrick Flynn

Director, Homeland/National Security Programs
Intel Security

Lawrence Harte

Managing Director
IPTV Magazine

Nicholas Johnston

VP, Global Forensic Technology and Cybersecurity Services
Duff & Phelps

Saverio Scheri

President & CEO
White Sand Gaming

Alan Tilles

Partner
Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Knowledge Partner: 
Look at the operational, technical and financial implications of upgrading your PSAP.  Understand the fundamental elements of a NG911 system and the capabilities it enables, including text, CAD, GIS and more.  Explore how your PSAP will take advantage of LTE and ultimately FirstNet.  Also discover how to gain control over...
Speakers
Chuck Bethea

Vice President of Engineering
Commdex Consulting

Chris Fischer

Partner
Presidential Partners Consulting

Jeff Gillan

Senior Product Area Business Manager
Airbus DS Communications

Richard Mirgon


Richard Mirgon Consulting

Rick Polehonka

Vice President, 911 Division
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Randy Richmond

Standards & Regulatory Specialist
Zetron, Inc.


1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room:   Keynote Area
  • Session Number:  TM5
  • Wednesday, March 29, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speakers
Jeff Bratcher

CTO
FirstNet

Jeffrey Johnson

Vice Chairman
FirstNet

TJ Kennedy

President
FirstNet

Kevin McGinnis

Board Member
FirstNet

Michael Poth

CEO
FirstNet

Richard Reed

Chief Customer Officer (CCO)
FirstNet


2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

  • Room:   Keynote Area
  • Session Number:  LAA
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Applications will be vital on private LTE networks within critical infrastructure, transportation, utilities, public safety the enterprise. Apps change the way information is processed by the network, the user and even the customer.  Examine the connectivity of intelligent devices, smart applications and sensors. Look at some of the existing applications...
Speakers
Jeff Carl

Director Market Development
AT&T

Eyal Elyashiv

Chief Operating Officer
Carbyne

Chris Fischer

Partner
Presidential Partners Consulting

Gary Monetti

Founder and Managing Director
Monetti & Associates

Scott Neal

Communications Consultant
Mission Critical Partners, Inc.

Ryan Seick

Global Business Development Manager
Harris Corporation

Mega sporting events across multiple venues like the Olympics have unique communications challenges.  Decisions must be made on which type of radio to use - DMR, TETRA or even good old analog.  Spectrum management, device choice, interoperability are all key in making sure these events take off without a hitch....
Speakers
John Dundas

Director DundasTech Ltd
DundasTech Limited

Robert Sisley

COML/COMT
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Public safety agencies nationwide are facing serious system lifecycle sustainment challenges. The challenges originated in 2011, when grant funding for emergency communications plummeted to its lowest point since 2004. At their peak in 2007-2009, grant appropriations totaled about $3 billion per year. Recipients used this grant funding to buy and...
Speakers
Kenneth Bradley

Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Todd Early

TxDPS Deputy Assistant Director
Tx Dept of Public Safety

Penny Rubow

SWIC
State of Arkansas

Examine the cybersecurity plans for FirstNet, and how they will keep the network security, and who is responsible for keeping the data secure as it travels through the network.
Speakers
Ryan Burchnell

Director
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Patrick Flynn

Director, Homeland/National Security Programs
Intel Security

Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

  • Room:   S232
  • Session Number:  W23
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Get an overview of the MCPTT standard and its timing, including the MCPTT software and LTE network layers, the features/capabilities that can be implemented now, and the use cases they support.  Explore the equipment on both the infrastructure and device sides, and understand the advantages in codec and modulation, power...
Speakers
Bruce Lawler

Chief Product Officer, EVP Marketing, Co-Founder
Kodiak

Dennis Martinez

CTO, VP
Harris Corp

Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and 5G-Courses.com

Bill Springer

System Architect
Illinois Firstnet Project

Understand the main benefits that using a combined voice and data network to empower your system.   Explore the latest TETRA developments, and why using an open standard for critical radio networks for the smart grid may be your best and most developed choice today.  Sponsored by:
Speaker
Ricardo Bovo

CEO Telecommunications
Bembras Group

Knowledge Partner: 
What does broadband look like outside the US?  Hear a case study of an automated emergency services system being placed across Europe as countries plan for the broadband revolution.  Examine connectivity, GPS, data transfer considerations and PSAP interoperability.  Sponsored by:
Speaker
Andrew Knight

Senior Consultant
CTG

Knowledge Partner: 
Decibels are as basic to signal level measurements as volts, amps and watts, but not nearly as widely understood.  This session will demystify decibels and teach you how to roughly calculate gains, losses and levels in your head.
Speaker
Karl Eilers

Electronics Engineer


4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  W31
  • Wednesday, March 29, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
What policies and measurement tools are available to ensure that you get the coverage and performance expected from FirstNet or commercial carriers? Everyone talks about optimizing system performance, but how do you really do this? Discover ways to derive greater intelligence from network management data and how to make it...
Speakers
Steve Fallin

Senior Product Manager
NetMotion Software

Robert Gaudioso

Partner
Snyder & Snyder, LLP

Michael Newburn

Wireless/Radio Solutions Manager
Department of Information TechnologyCounty of Fairfax, Virginia

Kris Patel

Chief Technology Officer, EVP Engineering, Co-Founder
Kodiak

Knowledge Partner: 
Explore the current level of adoption of text to 911, how new technology solutions like text need to address workflow considerations in the PSAP, what developments are coming to enhance and complement text-to-911 and what agencies need to consider as they plan and implement text-to-911 in their PSAP. Also learn...
Speakers
Trey Forgety

Director of Government Affiars
NENA

Cynthia Freeman

911 Communications Manager
City of Santa Barbara, Police Department

Al Gillespie

Past President IAFC
IAFC

Tom Hagel

Service Delivery Manager
Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Paul McLaren

Director, Support Engineering
West, Safety Services Division

Drones, satellite, balloons – what’s the best option to get the coverage you need?  Discuss the design, planning, execution and field trial test of real-time communications for intelligent operations leveraging aerial options to increase your coverage or create coverage where there was none.  Examine communications infrastructure, software architecture, and developer...
Speakers
Clifton Basnight

Global Channel Manager
Thales Defense and Security Inc.

Tom Brinkoetter

Consultant
Anritsu Company

Anna Gomez

Partner
Wiley Rein LLP

Ben Holycross

Radio Systems Manager
Polk County Division of Emergency Management

Casey Joseph

Vice President of Sales and Business Development
LS telcom, Inc.

Gerald Knoblach

Chairman / CEO
Space Data Corporation

Jinger Zeng

CEO
Dronesmith Technologies, Inc.

Knowledge Partner: 
The new market for IoT devices can be exciting and promising, but also a bit scary. There could be disastrous consequences if, for example, the network operating an autonomous bus fleet gets jammed or hacked.  Explore how to detect the jamming, and more importantly, how to keep it from happening...
Speakers
Sam Abuelsamid

Senior Research Analyst
Navigant Research

Dan Ericson

Senior Scientist, Harris LTE Center of Excellence
Harris Corporation

Steven Kropper

VP of Business Development
Parallel Wireless

Curtis Levinson

United States Cyber Defense Advisor to NATO
NATO

Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Program Manager
Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech)

  • Room:   S232
  • Session Number:  W33
  • Wednesday, March 29, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
The NXDN very narrowbanding protocol has a growing industry adoption expanding beyond the initial Business & Industry market into virtually all markets including Public Service and Public Safety. Yet many are unfamiliar with what it is. Review the state of the conventional, Type C and Type D trunking standards, gain...
Speakers
Mark Behrends

Sr. Strategic Sales Manager
Icom America, Inc.

Mark Jordan

Regional Sales Manager | Enterprise Systems
JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation

Knowledge Partner: 
RF and Fiber Safety for Wireless is designed for all workers who might come in contact with or be exposed to radio frequency radiation (RFR) or optical lasers used in wireless networks. This session covers four areas aimed at training the worker and general public including, who regulates this industry...
Speaker
Tom Dover

President
Dover Telecommunication Services, Inc.

Smartphones and app stores have changed the way hardware and software is purchased for commercial cellular - phones are disposable but software stays with the buyer, regardless of hardware.  Can land mobile radio fine tune this process?  In the past, land mobile hardware was a major capitol purchase and software...
Speakers
Christian Barker

Vice President of Solutions Strategy
EF Johnson

Terry Nehring

T&I Electronics Superintendent
City of Tampa

Murray Shaw

Vice President of Sales
MCM Technology

Join this panel of experts as they discuss the impact of FirstNet and broadband technologies on voice technologies, commercial aspects, public safety and 911, critical infrastructure such as utilities and transportation, rural considerations and more. 
Speakers
Dominick Arcuri P.E., PMP, ENP

Principal
DVA Consulting

Dr Michael Britt

Principal
Copper Dome Consulting, LLC

Donald Denning

Manager
DELTAWRX

Robert LeGrande, II

Founder and CEO
The Digital Decision, LLC

Ray Lehr

Chief Public Safety Consulting
Clear Management

Richard Mirgon


Richard Mirgon Consulting

Kenneth Rehbehn

Principal Analyst, Mobility Team
451 Research

Andrew Seybold

CEO & Principal Consultant
Andrew Seybold, Inc.


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   Aces
  • Session Number:  BB
  • Wednesday, March 29, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Join us for the IWCE’s 40th Birthday Bash! This year’s celebration will take place in Ace’s Restaurant in the South Hall and is FREE for all IWCE attendees. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to network with your industry peers while enjoying some time off the show floor.

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

  • Room:   Keynote Area
  • Session Number:  GS
  • Thursday, March 30, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Join a group of leading minds as they forecast what the future holds for communications technology including applications, devices, networks, technology and connectivity.  Examine the land mobile radio evolution, changing players in the market place, LTE and 5G and all the amazing technology – drones, IoT, wearables, connected cars, augmented...
Speakers
Justin Blair

Director, Wireless Business Products
Verizon Wireless

Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

Morgan O'Brien

Vice Chairman
pdvWireless

Paul Steinberg

Chief Technology Officer
Motorola Solutions

Kirill Tatarinov

President & Chief Executive Officer
Citrix


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S204
  • Session Number:  CET
  • Thursday, March 30, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. The Associate certification is designed for technicians who have less than two years experience or trade school training for electronics technicians. Topics covered include:  DC Electronics, AC Electronics, Components &...
Speaker
Chris Miller GROL

Professor of Technology
Heartland Community College

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S207
  • Session Number:  R56
  • Thursday, March 30, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course is designed to present the standards and guidelines for installing a Motorola communication system. Participants will understand how a properly...
Speaker
Michael Barton CETsr

Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team
Commdex Consulting

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S206
  • Session Number:  FTTA
  • Thursday, March 30, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Core course features comprehensive hands-on instruction in multi-mode & single mode technologies: multimode fiber technology featuring OM3, OM4 and bend insensitive fibers; restricted mode and encircled flux launch conditions; single-mode fiber technology including G.652D, G.655, and G.657...
Speaker
Phil Shoemaker FOI, FOT-OSP

Instructor
The Light Brigade

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S203
  • Session Number:  LAS
  • Thursday, March 30, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS. For technicians performing a Line and Antenna Sweep using a frequency domain reflectometer (FDR), get an introduction to antenna system commissioning, examine the RF fundamentals and mathematics of decibels. Review...
Speaker
Don Huston

GES Training Manager
Bird Technologies Group


9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   Keynote Area
  • Session Number:  YPA
  • Thursday, March 30, 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Introducing IWCE's Young Professionals Awards! We are looking to recognize young professionals under 35 who have made a significant contribution in his or her company/industry. These individuals are executing some of our industry's most innovative ideas, showing creativity and initiative. Submissions are due Friday, February 12th. Winners will be recognized...

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Knowledge Partner: 
The increasing shift toward Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) tends to bring up a lot of questions about the continued value of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems that have traditionally served as the driver for monitoring and control in industrial markets. Although OT and IT are beginning to...
Speakers
Eddie Garcia

Technical Marketing Manager
FreeWave

John Yaldwyn

CTO
4RF USA, Inc

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  TH01
  • Thursday, March 30, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
Dispel the myths: What will be available on Day 1 and what performance characteristics should be expected? What can public-safety entities expect from MCPTT when it becomes available in 2018-19?
Speakers
Robert LeGrande, II

Founder and CEO
The Digital Decision, LLC

Harlin McEwen

Honorary President, International Association of Chiefs of Police
FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee

Michael Newburn

Wireless/Radio Solutions Manager
Department of Information TechnologyCounty of Fairfax, Virginia

Bill Springer

System Architect
Illinois Firstnet Project

With a new interoperability paradigm, LMR and LTE (and other broadband networks) can interoperate more easily than in the past.  Examine the pros and cons of ISSI, CSSI, BSI and IP gateways as interoperability solutions.  Explore how to expand network coverage and increase redundancy, as well as challenges with spectrum....
Speakers
Donald Denning

Manager
DELTAWRX

Nicholas Falgiatore

Technology Specialist
Mission Critical Partners

Roman Kaluta

Director
JPS Interoperability Solutions, Inc.

Ray Novak

Senior Sales Manager
Icom America, Inc.

Ramesh Rangarajan

Vice President - Broadband Communications and Collaboration Solutions
Motorola Solutions

John Rosati

Senior Vice President of Sales
Avtec

John Szpak

General Manager, Vesta Radio business
Airbus DS Communications

Knowledge Partner: 
There are new indoor location accuracy rules set by the FCC, and improving location accuracy, particularly indoors, is vital for public safety.  Review the LBS/training testbeds to accelerate measurement, research and development activities that advance LBS technology for public safety operations. Sponsored by:
Speakers
Jeff Cohen

Chief Counsel
APCO International

Matt Gerst

Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
CTIA

Vihang Jani

Electronics Engineer
Public Safety Communications Research Program (PSCR)

Joe Marx

Assistant Vice President, Federal Regulatory
AT&T

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S226
  • Session Number:  TH08
  • Thursday, March 30, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
This session will describe the current technology in IP-based voting and simulcasting techniques to provide wide-area land mobile radio coverage. A description of legacy systems, voting & simulcast theory, propagation, equipment, and interference considerations will be included. 
Speaker
Bruce McPherson

Systems Engineer
Teltronic, Inc.

Unlike carriers, FirstNet is legally bound to cover every square inch of the US, including the vast undeveloped areas in rural America, and even in the national parks.  Examine the challenges and opportunities for expanding rural coverage. 
Speakers
Dr Michael Britt

Principal
Copper Dome Consulting, LLC

Kevin Kleinsmith

Solutions Architect
Parallel Wireless

Mel Samples

Consultant
CADSTAR, INC.

Andrew Seybold

CEO & Principal Consultant
Andrew Seybold, Inc.

As cybercrimes continue to increase both in volume and velocity, your agency needs to be assured that the infrastructure and products you use have security built in. Whether it's a radio, dispatch console or infrastructure component; designing a secure architecture, from the ground up, is paramount to ensure that your...
Speakers
Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager
Nokia

Charles Dowd

Public Safety Consultant
Former Board Member, FirstNet

Saverio Scheri

President & CEO
White Sand Gaming

From noise cancellation headphones to body armor sensors to body-worn cameras and more, the wearable tech is revolutionizing the military, law enforcement and firefighting.  Hear about the new advancements in GPS and location-based services, biometrics, augmented reality and more. 
Speakers
Greg Albrecht EMT

Co-Founder and CTO
Orion Labs, Inc.

John Bohlke

Director, Business Development
Datasoft

Ken Brinkley

Senior Vice President/Co-Inventor
Select Engineering Services, LLC

Edmond Vea

Director of Interoperability
Rivada Networks


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
The U.S. has allocated 150 MHz of spectrum for fixed and mobile broadband under the newly-created Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3550-3700 MHz band. CBRS will be the first multi-tier spectrum sharing framework, in which one or more Spectrum Access Systems (SASs) will actively manage incumbents, priority users,...
Speakers
Richard Bernhardt

National Spectrum Advisor
WISPA

Andy Clegg

Spectrum Engineering Lead
Google Fiber

Patrick Costello


Qualcomm

Chris Daniels

Vice President and Regional GM, North America
Telrad Networks

David Fritz

Senior Consulting Enginner
Nokia

Mark Gibson

Director of Business Development
Comsearch

Yi Hsuan


Google

Scott Imhoff

Director of Business Development
Cambium Networks Ltd

Sree Koratala

VP and CTO, Web Players
Ericsson

Preston Marshall PhD

Technical Program Manager, Spectrum Access Technology
Google

Prakash Moorut

North American Spectrum Lead
Nokia

Lee Pucker

CEO
Wireless Innovation Forum

Juan Santiago

Director of Product Management, Small Cells
Ruckus Wireless

Kurt Schaubach

CTO
Federated Wireless

Chris Stark

Head of Strategy and Business Development, North America
Nokia

  • Session Number:  EHT
  • Thursday, March 30, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

As recent incidents have shown, a breakdown of communications during an emergency can have disastrous consequences.  So as FirstNet plans to use LTE for mission-critical voice and data, who gets priority when the network is congested? Can public safety preempt someone and throw them off the network?  Can utilities or...
Speakers
Jeff Carl

Director Market Development
AT&T

Jim Jarvis

Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Harlin McEwen

Honorary President, International Association of Chiefs of Police
FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee

Richard Mirgon


Richard Mirgon Consulting

Mike Murphy

SAFECOM At-Large Member
Baker, Louisiana Police Department

Knowledge Partner: 
Receive an update from the NPSTC Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Robotics Working Group on evolving use of these systems to support first responders. This WG has been working with NIST, PSCR, FAA and FCC to catalog current uses of UAS and robotic technology, receive case study presentations from public...
Speakers
Dr Michael Britt

Principal
Copper Dome Consulting, LLC

Matt Rogers

Michigan State Police-Aviation Unit
Michigan State Police

Matt Sloane

CEO
Skyfire Consulting

Tom Sorley

Deputy Director, Radio Communication Services
City of Houston, IT Services (HITS)

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  TH11
  • Thursday, March 30, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
Although much of the focus today is on the funding and development of a national Public Safety Broadband network through FirstNet, the ultimate benefits of this will come from the high-speed applications that can be supported. Look at some of the existing applications and how they are being used, the...
Speakers
Paul Fitzgerald

President
InfoRad Inc.

Mark Golaszewski

Director of Applications
FirstNet

Ed Mills

FirstNet Colorado Outreach & Education Manager
Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology

Niki Papazoglakis

Program Coordinator, Public Safety Tech Svcs
Harris County

Alex Popof

CEO
Visual Labs

Fred Scalera

Director of Public Safety Innovation
Brooks Bawden LLC

James Sim

President
Drakontas LLC

Matthew Stecker

Senior Policy Advisor
FirstNet

Knowledge Partner: 
  • Room:   S226
  • Session Number:  TH18
  • Thursday, March 30, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
Protecting facilities from the effects of lightning requires good grounding.  This session explains what causes lightning and how its effects impact facilities.  Rather than telling you what to do per the standards, it explains why the standards are needed and why they were developed.
Speaker
Mark Pallans

General Manager
Pallans Associates, Communications Consultants

Location services have come a long way on the commercial side.  An Uber driver can connect and find a fare quickly and easily.  But it’s not the same for First Responder, who often cannot pinpoint a caller’s location with the same accuracy.  Situational awareness takes it a step further but...
Speakers
Charles Dowd

Public Safety Consultant
Former Board Member, FirstNet

Mario Proietti

Co-Founder and CEO
LocationSmart

Corey Reynolds

Regional Project Manager
Bay Area UASI

Jason Winslow

Director of Business Development
Intrepid Networks

James M. Wolfinbarger

Retired Chief of the Colorado State Patrol; Smart Public Safety Solutions
Motorola Solutions

Knowledge Partner: 
IoT management systems that are able to extend control over a wide net of dissimilar technologies and provide relevant personnel with timely actionable-intelligence are essential components to these next-generation networks.  Examine the hardware and software of fully-automated management systems, able to function autonomously and “intelligently” to collect, analyze and decide...
Speakers
Brad Gilbert

Director of Product Management
FreeWave Technologies

Curtis Levinson

United States Cyber Defense Advisor to NATO
NATO

Fiber, microwaves and backhaul – do all your pathways go to the same point?  Then you’re not redundant!  Specifying and designing an LMR network backhaul for survivability and system operation requires knowledge of the various contributors to survivability, constraints placed by regulatory requirements and the return on investment for different...
Speakers
Randy Arnold

Mechanical Engineer
PEPRO

William Garrett

Chief Engineer
American Tower Corporation

Andrew Seybold

CEO & Principal Consultant
Andrew Seybold, Inc.

Peter Ungar

Technical Solutions Engineer
Airbus DS Communications

Most agree that LMR will not be going away any time soon. Even with FirstNet, there will be needs that can only be met with LMR, at least for the time being.  But it may be in the future, even it’s just part of your network.  Examine when and how...
Speakers
Ernie Blair

CEO/Director Radio Infrastructure
Huntsville-Madison County 9-1-1 System

John Facella P.E., C.Eng.

Principal
Panther Pines Consulting, LLC

Peter Hudson

Head of Technology and Innovation
Sepura plc.

Daniel Mieszala

Principal Engineer
Centerline Solutions


2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Whether it’s on the ground, in a vehicle or backpack, in the air or placed on a building, bringing your coverage with you is now a reality.  Remote locations and densely populated events all can benefit from a reliable, deployable alternative communications system.  Examine low-power, small size, portable, quick to...
Speakers
Jeff Harman

COO
Oceus Networks

Ben Holycross

Radio Systems Manager
Polk County Division of Emergency Management

Steven Kropper

VP of Business Development
Parallel Wireless

Jack Mar

CEO
Star Solutions International Inc.

Jorge Perdomo

Founder
goTenna

Knowledge Partner: 
Based on recent rulemaking by the Federal Communications Commission, the nation's Emergency Alerting System (EAS) has been expanded with a number of features that will provide for enhanced geo-targeting, inclusion of hyper-links, and message length.  This panel will address these enhancements and discuss the need for active public safety involvement...
Speakers
David Furth

Deputy Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Joe Hanna

President
Directions

Michael Marzouk

President
Alert Systems Group

Dusty Rhoads

National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

As communications technology is shifting from a heavy capital cost to more of an operational subscriber cost model, you no longer want or need to purchase a device that lasts 20 years.  Understand how new technology is affecting your systems today, and how funding 2-3 parallel operating networks is not...
Speakers
Robert Gaudioso

Partner
Snyder & Snyder, LLP

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Michael Lee

President & Chief Technology Officer
Delivery Systems International

Doug Showalter

Public Safety Professional
Showalter & Company

Jim Zaleta

Sales Manager
LocusUSA

Knowledge Partner: 
Connecticut has launched a statewide program to assure that high school graduates will embark on challenging, economically-productive careers. Connecticut Early College Opportunities (CT-ECO) programs are designed to prepare thousands of Connecticut students in high-skill jobs currently in technology fields, targeting at-risk and disadvantaged students.  This model developed by IBM and...
Speakers
Tracy Ariel

Director, Advanced Manufacturing & CT ECO programs
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Monoswita Saha

Education Program Manager, Norwalk Early College Academy
IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs

Knowledge Partner: 
We’ve all heard various iterations and slogans (Safe, Smart, Connected, Converged, etc.), but none show us HOW to build this ecosystem, much less how to fund such an undertaking. Rather than reinventing the wheel, city planners and stakeholders should become aware of how Next-Generation 911 (NG911) can be the catalyst...
Speakers
Robert Clark

Vice President
Atos Public Safety

Jennifer James

Smart City Solutions Lead
Black & Veatch

David Lucas, ENP GISP

Senior Consultant
Black & Veatch

FirstNet requires 99.99% system availability. Power outages and backup power system failures are the biggest threat to system availability. Backup power systems must be monitored 24/7/365 to attain 99.99% system availability. Explore different power options such as fuel cells and sustainable network infrastructure off-grid (even in winter!). Reliability of network...
Speakers
Larry Baker

Director, Sales and Marketing
BTECH, Inc

Mark Dettmer

President & Founder
Mission Critical Energy Inc.

Steve Macke

Principal
Advent C3

Darin Painter

Executive Director of Stationary Sales
Plug Power Inc.

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  TH21
  • Thursday, March 30, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Tracks: 
Hear from several states about the development of their deployment plan for FirstNet. Examine how some states are handling educating governors, state officials, public safety and citizens about FirstNet and the opportunities/challenges that it presents. Review the processes involved in the draft plans for the states as well.
Speakers
David Buchanan

Director of Consultation
FirstNet

Ryan Burchnell

Director
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Holly Caudill

Administrative Officer, Statewide Radio Network Division
Pennsylvania State Police

Todd Early

TxDPS Deputy Assistant Director
Tx Dept of Public Safety

Brian Hobson

Director of State Plans
FirstNet

Robert LeGrande, II

Founder and CEO
The Digital Decision, LLC

Shelley Westall

Office of the CIO
State of Washington

Knowledge Partner: 
What we now call the “Internet of Things” (IoT) represents connectivity and opens up new opportunities in the emergency communications segment. Sensors, monitors, beacons, PERS, alarms and more can now be integrated with public safety to augment real-time analysis and decision making. The Internet of Public Safety Things (IoPST) holds...
Speakers
Adam Brickeen

Liaison for New Orleans-Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
New Orleans EMS

George Brown

COMM / IT Chief
New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Bill Schrier

Senior Advisor
FirstNet

Mike Wengrovitz

VP of Innovation
Mutualink


3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

A request for rulemaking is being proposed by the major licensee representatives in the 900 MHz Land Mobile Radio band to re-align the band to enable broadband for private enterprise with prioritization.  Evaluate the proposal to create a private enterprise broadband spectrum allocation.
Speakers
Mark Crosby

President/CEO
Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Morgan O'Brien

Vice Chairman
pdvWireless

Knowledge Partner: 
Hear from Communications Unit Leaders, Communications Technicians and other professionals about communications issues during major incidents in the recent past, including Japan’s earthquate and tsunami, as well as how they were resolved.  Examine communications problems because of the incident, technical problems with the equipment and having to "learn on the...
Speakers
Chris Baker PE

Battalion Chief
Roseville CA Fire Department

Brian Diemer

Division Chief
City of Roseville - Fire Department

Kody Kerwin

Public Safety Communications Specialist
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Jason Matthews

Sergeant/COML
Lake County Sheriff's Office (FL)

Rick Smith

CEO/Chief Consultant
RS Communication Consultants

Don Stabler

Battalion Chief
Cordelia Fire District (retired)

Prepare yourself for coming changes because new technologies are coming whether you are ready or not.  In this session, create an objectives-based outline of your agencies’ need—do not just take an “LMR or bust” or “LTE or bust” approach. Discover how to explain the differences between LMR and LTE network...
Speakers
Terry Burnworth

President
Pyramid Architecture/Engineering & Pyramid Consulting

Ray Flynn

Assistant Sheriff (retired)
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

Ed Mills

FirstNet Colorado Outreach & Education Manager
Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology

Michele Shaughnessy

Vice President Product Management and Services Private Broadband
Motorola Solutions

Tom Sorley

Deputy Director, Radio Communication Services
City of Houston, IT Services (HITS)

Strong network resiliency can be considered to be the most important requirement when deploying a mission-critical communications network. The network technology and topology must be agile and robust to detect, withstand and recover from network failure, even in calamitous situations where multi-faults often occur. Whether your disaster is a hurricane...
Speakers
Tony Bardo

Assistant Vice President, Government Solutions
Hughes Network Systems

Ben Holycross

Radio Systems Manager
Polk County Division of Emergency Management

Gerald Knoblach

Chairman / CEO
Space Data Corporation

John Rosica

Barrett Communications Consultant
NVIS Communications

Knowledge Partner: 
Course will examine crystal oscillators, rubidium, cesium and Microwave Amplification by Stimulation Emission of Radiation (MASER) atomic oscillators.  Properties of each oscillator and how it affects spread spectrum and simulcast radio networks and systems will be discussed. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of Oscillators’, Clocks’ and Times’...
Speaker
Tom Janca


Green Lion Training Services

The good news is that there is more data out there than ever. From CAD and records to GPS, 311, social media, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and the Internet of Things, your agency has access to far more information than even a few years ago - and it is coming...
Speakers
Kimberly Calhoun

CEO/Founder
CAP Science Labs, LLC

Ernest Cunningham

CEO
Globalgig

Rex Lee

Business Analyst & Mobile Data Security Consultant
RML Business Consulting, LLC

Alex Popof

CEO
Visual Labs

Jennifer Smith Esq, CIPP

Shareholder
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA

Knowledge Partner: 
With recent crashes causing headlines, particularly in the Northeast, discuss what positive train control is, and how it fits into a smart city matrix.   Sponsored by:
Speakers
Jon Adams PE

Senior Supervising Engineer
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Jim Bankston

VP, Systems Engineering
dbSpectra Inc.

Stephen Weiss

Senior Vice President
Clifton, Weiss & Associates, Inc.


6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Room:   Italian American Club
  • Session Number:  ETAB
  • Thursday, March 30, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join ETA at the Annual Awards & Officer Installation Banquet to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals to their industry and induct the newly-elected ETA 2017/2018 Board of Directors. You are invited as ETA's guest to the Italian American Club for a traditional Italian buffet. Larry Johnson, Director and Founder of...

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Whether it’s from body-worn cameras, dashcams, drones, fixed surveillance systems or citizens’ own smartphones, managing video footage has become one of broadband’s biggest challenges.  Explore how to manage the video data files, storing it, indexing it and retrieving it.  In this session, look at the technology, bandwidth, congestion, users and...
Speakers
Lawrence Harte

Managing Director
IPTV Magazine

Fred Scalera

Director of Public Safety Innovation
Brooks Bawden LLC

James M. Wolfinbarger

Retired Chief of the Colorado State Patrol; Smart Public Safety Solutions
Motorola Solutions

Knowledge Partner: 
If a 911 call goes unanswered because of a malware, ransomware or denial of service attack, lives could be on the line.  As technology advances, is there a bigger cybersecurity risk on an IP-based system than private LMR?  Is there a happy medium? Their interconnected nature creates a cascading series...
Speakers
Trey Forgety

Director of Government Affiars
NENA

Timothy Lorello

President & CEO
SecuLore Solutions

Dusty Rhoads

National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Penny Rubow

SWIC
State of Arkansas

Gert Jan Wolf

Founder
MCC Resources

Testing and validation of indoor wireless coverage and quality can be complex, time consuming and expensive due to the manual processes used today. Review ways to simplify and reduce the cost of indoor signal mapping, including a solution that automatically geo-references the LMR, cellular, and WiFi type data from test...
Speakers
Tom Brinkoetter

Consultant
Anritsu Company

Jeff Kunst

Vice President, Product Development
TRX Systems

The title of this session may be alphabet soup, but the benefits of software-defined network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are not limited to telecom and cloud service providers. With the emerging trends brought about by digital transformation initiatives including IoT, microgrid as well as IT/OT convergence, critical infrastructure...
Speaker
Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager
Nokia

Knowledge Partner: 
Passive Intermodulation (PIM) has been with us since the beginning of radio; so why is it now important?  Simply put the answer is NOISE!  Radio noise often called the noise floor puts ear muffs on radio receivers reducing their ability to capture small signal levels.  With the rapid move to...
Speaker
Tom Dover

President
Dover Telecommunication Services, Inc.


8:15 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Room:   S233
  • Session Number:  F513
  • Friday, March 31, 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Tracks: 
Join this interactive workshop where you can meet firsthand with FirstNet’s team of subject matter experts in the fields of law enforcement, EMS, fire service and 911.  Move from table to table throughout the workshop to hear about each discipline’s observations in their respective fields and learn more about their...
Speakers
Mike Bostic

Senior Law Enforcement Advisory
FirstNet

Bill Hinkle

Senior 9-1-1 Advisor
FirstNet

Brent Williams

Senior EMS Advisor
FirstNet

Mike Worrell

Senior Fire Services Advisor
FirstNet

Knowledge Partner: 
Smart cities are coming, and wireless is the key.  From technical considerations to municipal codes to working with city leaders, examine all the wireless things that go into a true smart cities ecosystem.   Sponsored by:
Speakers
Rohit Bhanot


Rivada Networks

Kyle Connor

Global Transportation Business Development Manager
Cisco Systems

Jennifer James

Smart City Solutions Lead
Black & Veatch

Jody Perry

Director of Business Development
Kodiak

Michael Lee Sherwood

Director, information Technologies
City of Las Vegas

Jennifer Smith Esq, CIPP

Shareholder
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA

Hear the best practices for the planning, development, procurement, deployment, and management of a communications system project. Learn best practices for each stage of the system procurement process, including the development of the project scope, and initial requirements gathering process; the conceptual system design development and budgetary cost estimation; RFP...
Speaker
Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.


9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room:   S225
  • Session Number:  F13
  • Friday, March 31, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Tracks: 
Cybersecurity is often discussed at the network level.  But in this session, discuss how to secure the data itself so hackers can’t use it to access your network.  Understand why data security is so important, and explore the importance of using IT general control practices against cybersecurity attacks on your...
Speaker
Richard Santina


Cisco Systems

Knowledge Partner: 
Learn about the requirements of public safety for indoor coverage, how it is designed and deployed, the equipment that is needed, and give real life examples to demonstrate its need and use.  We will bring the panelist together and present the equipment and design of a public safety DAS, discuss...
Speakers
Todd Fornes

Director, Business Development – Managed Networks
American Tower Corporation

Bob Murray

Director of Strategic Accounts
SOLiD Gear, Inc.

Jim Muzynoski

Owner/Director of Strategic Accounts
Amplified Wireless Solutions, Inc.

Alan Perdue (Ret)

Executive Director
Safer Buildings Coalition

Interference is often caused by the radio receiver, not the network or at the signal sender.  Examine how to optimize your receiver to mitigate interference and noise problems. 
Speaker
Joe Blaschka Jr, PE

Principal
ADCOMM Engineering Company

Knowledge Partner: 
As we see in current Telecom network trends more and more traffic will pass across telco networks in 2020 than in the last 135 years added together. By the year 2020 a billion Terabytes or a Zettabyte of traffic will be sent over the telco network. This immense increase in...
Speaker
Raka Biswas

Technical Training Manager, Service Level Build-Fiber RNAM
Ericsson

Interestingly, most of the early adopters of IoT world are the users of LMR (smart cities, law enforcement, utilities and governmental agencies). LMR has all the required characteristics of building a customizable, secure, and disaster-resistant mission-critical infrastructure to capitalize on the explosive demand of IoT world. And the with IP...
Speakers
Femi Adeyemi

Lead LTE Solutions Architect
Fujitsu

Bill Schrier

Senior Advisor
FirstNet


11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Knowledge Partner: 
Advances in digital technology have revolutionized wireless communication and increased the complexity of information coding.  Wireless communication systems now incorporate both analog and digital principles in ways that provide a seamless flow of information (both voice and data) between transmitter and receiver.   In this session a non-mathematical overview of...
Speaker
Bill Bailey PhD

Adjunct Professor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University World Wide Campus

Knowledge Partner: 
With new technologies such as NG911, PSAPS and dispatchers can receive video and other multimedia files from citizens. However, policies need to be put in place for how these videos and multimedia are received and processed.  For example, who gets to see the file – do you want your dispatcher...
Speakers
Tom Janca


Green Lion Training Services

Patrik Ringvist

Principal Solutions Manager, Industry & Society
Ericsson

We had kept this session open in case any game-changing technology is created between now and March.  Hear about the world's smallest, lightest, and most affordable mesh tactical radio and a brand new signal booster.  Check back to see more exciting, cutting edge topics!
Speakers
Lawrence Harte

Managing Director
IPTV Magazine

Eric Mercil

Director of Sales
SureCall

Jorge Perdomo

Founder
goTenna

Radio test and measurement has been dominated by costly equipment and expertise. The advent of low-cost high-quality programmable wideband receivers and cheap processing power heralds a software revolution in radio systems testing, monitoring and performance enhancement. Embrace the revolution in radio testing and prediction with new tools and applications.  
Speakers
Don Goodeve

Embracing the Revolution in Radio Testing
RF Analytics

Adam Nelson

Senior Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Understand what was learned from the sometimes painful processes during narrowbanding and rebanding.  Can lessons be applied to the next major shift such as migrating from LMR to LTE? Come to this discussion to find out!
Speakers
Chris Lougee

Principal
5 x 9 Communications

Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

Alan Tilles

Partner
Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

John Wehmann

Wireless Executive