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8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

In a general discussion for public safety, a utility, transportation or enterprise, discuss how broadband networks have transforming voice and data to provide a more efficient and cost-effective means to configure, manage, and operate systems. Examine the technology of moving or operating two architectures, understand the benefits of each architecture,...
Speakers
Andrew Ruschak KK7TR, FCC GROL

Wireless Technology Consultant
Stantec

Kevin Kleinsmith

Solutions Architect
Parallel Wireless

Przemek (Adam) Mroz P.Eng.

LMR Product Manager
Codan Radio Communications

Scott Dicus

Engineering Manager, Electrical – Automation
Black & Veatch

Steve Marzolf

ISP Director, Integrated Services Program
Virginia Information Technologies Agency

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  M111
  • Monday, March 05, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Now that FirstNet is a reality, you need to fully understand how FirstNet will operate and impact public safety. Who has access to FirstNet? What is FirstNet Band/14? How do I subscribe to FirstNet?  What user devices are available now, and what’s planned?  How do devices get approved for use?...
Speakers
Barry Fraser

General Manager
BayRICS Authority

Corey Reynolds

Regional Project Manager
Bay Area UASI

David Rush

Sr. Product Manager
Cradlepoint

Doug Clark

Industry Solutions Practice Director
AT&T Mobility

John Szpak

VP Services & Solutions
EF Johnson

Mary Doherty

North America LTE, Vice President
Motorola Solutions

Richard Mirgon

President
Richard Mirgon Consulting LLC

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
Gary Monetti

Founder and Managing Director
Monetti & Associates

Megan Brown

Partner
Wiley Rein LLP

Michael Macki

Senior RF Design Engineer
Sinclair Technologies

RF systems are evolving into smart networks which are being integrated with new IP based applications and services. RF professionals are expected to understand, recommend, and implement new capabilities for their public safety systems including public safety video, Internet of Things (IoT), smart antenna systems, cloud services, and IP capable...
Speaker
Lawrence Harte

Managing Director
IPTV Magazine

  • Room:   N320GH
  • Session Number:  M115
  • Monday, March 05, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Gain a deeper understanding and updated 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 will be covered. Content includes a basic P25 overview of interfaces including trunking and...
Speakers
Andy Davis

Senior Resource Manager
Motorola Solutions

Cheryl Giggetts MBA, CHS-III

Principal
CTA Communications

Chris Lougee

Principal
5 x 9 Communications

Dominick Arcuri P.E., PMP, ENP

Subject Matter Expert
Televate, LLC

Jeremy Elder

Systems Product Line Manager
Harris Corporation

Jim Holthaus

Vice President - Chief Technology Office
BK Technologies

Mitch Urbanczyk

Sales Engineer
EF Johnson

Nick Pennance

Vice President
ICOM America

Sridhar Kowdley

Manager
US Department of Homeland Security

Stephen Nichols

Director
Project 25 Technology Interest Group

As early as 2000, the public safety community rallied around the idea of a “NG911” system, later described by the National 911 Program as one that would enable, “the general public to make 911 calls from any communication device in any mode. This could potentially furnish additional enhanced incident information...
Speakers
Brian Fontes

CEO
National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Gerald Jaskulski

Management and Program Analyst
Office of Emergency Communications. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Kelli Merriweather

VP/Treasurer, NASNA, and Director
Texas Council on State Emergency Communications

Laurie Flaherty

Program Analyst
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Lisa Madden

Vice President, NG911 and FirstNet, Winbourne Consulting
iCERT

Mark Buchholz

Oregon 911 Communication Center Director
Willamette Valley, Oregon 911 Communications

Stephen Verbil

Emergency Telecomm. Manager
Connecticut DESPP/DSET

It may be annoying when a call is dropped in your apartment's elevator, but what if you’re a first responder during a fire in the building?  Your ability to communicate may be life or death. Examine current limitations to two-way radios, cellular and WiFi, as well as new advancements within...
Speakers
Alan Leffler N7WYE

Sales Manager- Americas
EMR Corp.

Andrew Ely

Director of Consulting
PierCon Solutions

David Adams

Senior Product Manager
PCTEL

Earl Lum

President
EJL Wireless Research

John Foley

Vice President, Operations
Safer Buildings Coalition

Trey Browder

Regional Sales Manager
Advanced RF Technologies Inc (ADRF)


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

Mike Norin

Senior Consultant
ADCOMM Engineering Company

Scott Peabody

Senior Consultant
ADCOMM Engineering Company

Tom Manley

Senior Consultant
ADCOMM Engineering Company


2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Coverage modeling of LMR systems has evolved significantly since the days of circles drawn on photocopied base maps. As communications moves into an environment dependent on LTE systems such as FirstNet, we need to expand that understanding to the unique parameters and issues involved with these new technologies. Issues include...
Speaker
Adam Nelson

Senior Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  M141
  • Monday, March 05, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
As FirstNet become a reality for public safety, we move into a world where they will need to rely on both traditional LMR and roll out FirstNet LTE communications systems. In addition, it is understood that the network will support voice communications and may ultimately replace land mobile radio networks...
Speakers
Michelle Johnson

Director, LTE Center of Excellence
Harris Corporation

Mike Ridge

Strategic Partnering Program Manager
Avtec

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Nicholas Falgiatore

Technology Specialist
Mission Critical Partners

Paul Steinberg

Chief Technology Officer
Motorola Solutions

Ross Spearman

Chief Technology Officer
Tait Communications

Steve Fallin

Senior Product Manager
NetMotion Software

Cellular on Wheels or Wings (COWs), Systems on Wheels (SOWs) and Cellular on Light Trucks (COLTs) are solutions to extend your network when and where it is needed temporarily. More opportunities for deployable technologies come through airmasts, tethered drones, balloons, satellites and even mobile repeaters.  Examine the advantages and challenges...
Speakers
Gary Monetti

Founder and Managing Director
Monetti & Associates

Jim Fryer

Managing Editor
Inside Towers

Peter Burnside

Senior Account Manager
Futurecom Systems Group, ULC

Ron Poulin

General Manager
Codan Radio

Steven Kropper

VP of Business Development
Parallel Wireless

Todd Bianchi

Captain
District of Columbia Fire & EMS

Communications in disaster operations has been problematic throughout history. This presentation will discuss the need and responsibility for disaster communications and define the steps necessary to develop, prepare, and employ a Joint Communications Support Unit for disaster response. Based on firsthand knowledge and lessons learned from numerous disaster deployments the...
Speakers
Ben Holycross

Radio Systems Manager
Polk County Division of Emergency Management

Pam Montanari

OEC Coordinator for Region IV Eastern States
Office of Emergency Communications. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Room:   N320GH
  • Session Number:  M145
  • Monday, March 05, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
This workshop will offer Project 25 user experiences and P25 system case studies. It is structured as a series of presentations from a diverse user group including Federal, State and Local government Systems. Each panel member will conduct a short prepared PPT briefing describing their P25 system, its scope, capabilities,...
Speakers
Allen J Wonder

Project Manager, Radio & Cellular Infrastructure Replacement Project; Infrastructure Renewal Program Group; Office of Design & Construction
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Brad Stoddard

Director, Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)/SWIC
State of Michigan

Cindy Cast

Radio Systems Manager
Radio Communication Services Div. Miami Dade County

Del Smith

ALMR Operations Manager
Alaska Land Mobile Radio

James Downes

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

James Miller

Public Safety Radio Systems Administrator
Hamilton County Public Safety Communications Center

John M Vallarelli, Captain

Executive Officer - Communications Division & Deputy Project Manager-Integration
Metropolitan Regional Radio System Project

John Richards

Director Radio Services, State of Maine
State of Maine

Keith LaPlant

US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard

Lorin Mock

Fire Chief
Clay County Department of Public Safety

Stephen Nichols

Director
Project 25 Technology Interest Group

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

As the next evolution of LTE, 5G is expected to help in those scenarios with support for higher data rates, lower latency and a denser network. But 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...
Speakers
Earl Lum

President
EJL Wireless Research

Kalpak Gude

President
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Mary Walsh


LBC Consultants and Services

Patrik Ringqvist

Principal Solutions Consultant
Ericsson North America

Preston Marshall PhD

Technical Program Manager, Spectrum Access Technology
Google

Wayne Wong

Product Manager
Anritsu


8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, western wildfires, the Mexico earthquake. Comms and public safety were severely tested in a short span during the early fall of last year. We’ve come a long way after Katrina and Sandy, but comms were still affected - Harvey tested the Harris County early-builder...
Speakers
Alan Pugh

V President
AMP Global Strategies

Brandon Romero

Director of Sales Engineering
EF Johnson Technologies Inc.

Greg Najjar

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

Jason Matthews

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

Jim Collum

Manager of Systems Engineering
Leonardo

Kody Kerwin

Public Safety Communications Specialist
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Niki Papazoglakis

Program Coordinator, Public Safety Tech Svcs
Harris County

Shing H. Lin

CTO, Public Safety Technology Services
Harris County

Todd Early

TxDPS Deputy Assistant Director
Texas Department of Public Safety

Tom Sorley

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

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

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...
Speaker
Jim Fryer

Managing Editor
Inside Towers

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  T211
  • Tuesday, March 06, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
What will FirstNet mean to public safety’s existing 911 communications systems?  We will explore the technical, operational, security and financial impacts associated with FirstNet’s introduction into the public-safety-communications arena in the near term. Gain an understanding of the National Cost Study and related maturity model, as well as what legislators...
Speakers
Bill Hinkle

Senior 9-1-1 Advisor
FirstNet

Laurie Flaherty

Program Analyst
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Program Manager
Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech)

Ryan Burchnell

Regional Director
AT&T FirstNet

Scott Neal

Communications Consultant
Mission Critical Partners, Inc.

Steve Marzolf

ISP Director, Integrated Services Program
Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Walter Magnussen

Director TAMU Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center
Texas A&M University

Many admins think when a new radio system is being implemented, it is a flip of a switch and it's on, ready to go. But there is a lot of planning that goes into transitioning from a legacy radio system to a new communications system, regardless of technology or spectrum,...
Speakers
Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

Chris Carney

Communications System Specialist
Orange County (NY) Department of Emergency Services

Dan Draughn

Business Development Manager
Leonardo

Dean Hart

Senior Consultant
Tusa Consulting

Jim Reville

Technical Sales Engineer
Sinclair Technologies

Michael Moran

Sergeant, Troop F Communications Supervisor
New York State Police

Murray Shaw

Vice President of Sales
MCM Technology

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Susan Ronning P.E.

Principal Engineer
EBE Consulting, LLC

Toby Dusha

Radio Engineer, Office of Interoperable & Emergency Communications
New York State Department of Homeland Security

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

  • Room:   N320GH
  • Session Number:  T215
  • Tuesday, March 06, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
LTE initially was a data network, not meant for mission-critical voice.  Now that FirstNet has moved to onboarding subscribers, what needs to be considered specifically for voice? And are we at the forefront of next-generation LMR/LTE interoperability, or are we creating the next-generation of interoperability problems? Examine the interoperability of...
Speakers
Bruce Lawler

Head of Product Planning
Kodiak: A Motorola Solutions Company

David George

President
Pryme Radio Products

Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

Guillermo Silva

Marketing Director
Servitron

Igor Glubochansky

AVP – Mobility Product Management
AT&T Business Solutions

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Leonardo Gonzalez

Manager - Wireless Business Product Management
Verizon Wireless

Michael Newburn

Communications Technology Manager
Department of Information TechnologyCounty of Fairfax, Virginia

Ramesh Rangarajan

Vice President - Broadband Communications and Collaboration Solutions
Motorola Solutions

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  T216
  • Tuesday, March 06, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Start with a continental breakfast, as you network with your peers.  Then hear a series of presentations about successful habits of effective women leaders, the successes and challenges of being at the table as “pioneers,” and how women in tech is timely and relevant. Hear about opportunities and experiences to...
Speakers
Alison Diana

Editor
Broadband World News

Dorothy Kuhn

Dorothy Kuhn
The Successibles

Kathleen Cowles

Partner
Deep Water Point, LLC

Maria Jacques

President
National Association of State 911 Administrators

Miranda Allen

CEO
Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI)

Shelley Westall

Office of the CIO
State of Washington

Teresa Maher

President
ETA International

Victoria Garcia

State & Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) Program Manager
State of New Mexico DoIT


2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Push-to-talk cellular apps were invaluable communications tools during the hurricanes last fall. Satellites and drones supplemented what wasn’t working (or wasn’t working enough…) for comms network coverage and could also be used as delivery vehicles for much-needed supplies. High Frequency Single Side Band (HF SSB) and NVIS may be your...
Speakers
Ben Holycross

Radio Systems Manager
Polk County Division of Emergency Management

Bill Moore

CEO
Zello

John Rosica

Barrett Communications Consultant
NVIS Communications

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Paul Gilbert

State Radio Coordinator
Texas Department of Transportation, Radio and Technology Support

Ryan English

President, Co-Founder
FLYMOTION Unmanned Systems

Steve Hailey

Disaster Technology Consultant
Steve Hailey and Associates, LLC

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  T243
  • Tuesday, March 06, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
This session is a hands-on presentation that introduces attendees to hacking tools and techniques used by white-hat hackers for penetration-testing activities. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own notebook PCs to participate in the activities. Software tools will be supplied to the attendees in the form of two USB thumb...
Speaker
Chuck Brooks

Managing Director/VP
eITPrep Educational Technologies Group

Examine 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.  Identify the challenges faced when delivering public safety communications inside venues, and how digital DAS can enhance both voice...
Speakers
Chris Godwin

Senior Wireless Technologist
RF Solutions LLC

Don Henry

Public Safety Program Manager
Comba Telecom

Mike Brownson

Director, IBW Business Development
Westell Technologies

Rami Hasarchi

VP of Coverage Solutions
Cobham Wireless

Over the years, the shape of interference has changed. From channel sharing to UHF-TV issues, to more recent issues of analog and digital channel sharing, broadband to narrowband, BDAs gone wild and even light-fixture interference. Learn the FCC Rules, the types of interference, mitigation techniques and the FCC’s future plans...
Speakers
Alan Tilles

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

Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

Jay Jacobsmeyer

President
Pericle Communications Company

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  T241
  • Tuesday, March 06, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
In this broad-reaching workshop, discuss some of the initial plans for FirstNet’s functionality and cybersecurity, review the parameters of priority/preemption and local control of the network, and explore the idea of “public safety” grade and resiliency for the AT&T FirstNet network and five nines reliability.  Learn what’s available during the...
Speakers
Joe Ross

Senior Partner
Televate, LLC

Scott Edson

Executive Director
LA-RICS

Steve Fallin

Senior Product Manager
NetMotion Software

The term “smart cities” has become a buzzword, but what exactly does it mean? It’s so much more than automated systems within cities, and has evolved into connected communities and services. Move beyond smart utility meters and discover the exciting advancements in technology that will connect cities, communities and services...
Speakers
Brian Shepherd

Program Manager
State of Colorado

Dean Skidmore

Vice Chair, NPSTC IOT Working Group
National Public Safety Telecommunications Council

KaeVon LeGrande

Project Manager, State and Local Solutions
The Digital Decision, LLC

Rohit Bhanot

Vice-President Public Safety Practice
Nokia

Roman Kaluta

Director
JPS Interoperability Solutions, Inc.