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

Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

In Partnership With

Mr. Ben D Holycross

Radio Systems Manager
Polk County Division of Emergency Management


Ben Holycross has been the Radio Systems Manager for Polk County Florida for the last 18 years. He has over 40 years in the Public Safety world including Law Enforcement and Emergency Management with the last 25 years in communications.
In his current position he was involved in the final design, construction , implementation and ongoing management of the Polk County Motorola 800 MHz P-25 SmartZone radio system. This system provides county-wide portable radio coverage in a county the size of the States of Rhode Island or Delaware, some 2,200 square miles. In addition to local operations he has developed a Disaster Communications Response unit capable of deploying to a disaster area and establishing full spectrum communications capability from HF to Sat-Com including a Land Mobile Radio 800 MHz Trunked radio system, VHF and UHF conventional radio system repeaters, Military radio Re-Trans capability, Telephone Key System, WiFi Hot Spot Access Point, Tactical LAN and a Mobile Radio Shop with programming and repair capability. Ben has been a member of the F.C.C. Region 9 800 MHz Committee since its inception sitting as Vice Chairman for the first seven years of the committees existence and is currently Chairman of Sub-Region 5 and serves a similar capacity on the F.C.C. Region 9 700 MHz Committee. He has the distinction of being the only Radio System Manager to have had his system hit by 3 Hurricanes in one hurricane season. The Motorola SmartZone system which was hit three times in a six week period did not fail during any of the 3 Hurricanes. During his communications career he has been involved in disaster responses on fires, tornado damage, flooding, as well as during:
o Hurricane Andrew
o Hurricane Opal
o Hurricane Charlie
o Hurricane Frances
o Hurricane Ivan
o Hurricane Jeanne
o Hurricane Dennis
o Hurricane Katrina
o Hurricane Wilma


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