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Monday, March 05

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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...
Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

Tuesday, March 06

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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,...
Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

Chris Carney

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

Dan Draughn

Business Development Manager

Dean Hart

Senior Consultant
Tusa Consulting

Jim Reville

Technical Sales Engineer
Sinclair Technologies

Murray Shaw

Vice President of Sales
MCM Technology

Scott Wiggins

Director of Consulting Operations
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Susan Ronning P.E.

Principal Engineer
EBE Consulting, LLC

Toby Dusha

Radio Engineer, Retired: NYS Office of Interoperable & Emergency Communications

Tuesday, March 06

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

NTIA staff will provide an overview of SLIGP program metrics and the activities grantees conducted to plan for FirstNet. NTIA staff will discuss the upcoming SLIGP 2.0 grant awards.  Understand the states’ and territories’ use of SLIGP funds from 2013 through 2018 to prepare for FirstNet, and NTIA’s role in...
Michael Dame

Program Director
NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Tuesday, March 06

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

At times it seems vendors that tell customers what, when and how to do something. Vendors have the most expertise concerning their products, services or installations, but they tend to be singularly focused for a good reason: their own business interest. There are three basic perspectives to look at when...
Barry Ritter

Ritter Strategic Services LLC

Terry Burnworth

Pyramid Architecture/Engineering & Pyramid Consulting

Wednesday, March 07

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Fiber, microwaves and backhaul – make sure all your pathways don’t end up at the same point! Robust system operation requires knowledge of the various contributors to survivability, hardening, redundancy and resiliency. Covering every inch of the country will require a significant investment that makes this objective somewhat unrealistic. What...
Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager

Jim Pelegris

Business Development Specialist

John Szpak

VP Services & Solutions
EF Johnson

Kevin Kleinsmith

Solutions Architect
Parallel Wireless

Mary Walsh

LBC Consultants and Services

Wednesday, March 07

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Planning, building and operating a private broadband and/or private LTE network is not simple. Identify the most challenging aspects for any organization to build and operate its own private broadband and/or private LTE network, including needs analysis, regulatory compliance, spectrum acquisition, site permitting, systems engineering, RF & IP design, coverage...
Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and

Jason Karp

The Public Safety Network

Kelly Hill

RCR Wireless

Kenneth Morckel

Senior Consultant
The Digital Decision, LLC

Rod Cronin

VP-Product Management
Redline Communications

Thursday, March 08

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Broadband is changing so much around the world – from NG911 to drones to IoT to smart cities. These technologies, or better yet 'capabilities,' may merely be components of a new, exciting, dynamic and complex information management ecosystem for public safety, utilities, transportation, manufacturing and other enterprises. It is only...
David Schramm

SGS Branch Manager and EMC/RF/SAR/HAC Technical Manager
SGS North America

Neil Jamieson

Managing Director
Wireless Innovation

Peter Clemons


Thursday, March 08

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

New Hampshire is a mostly rural state with three mid-sized cities. To meet the needs of Grafton County Sheriff’s Department (New Hampshire) and FirstNet, fully interoperable cohesive ecosystem was created in an end-to-end public safety LTE solution. In this case study, examine how the operators connected to LA-RICS core and...
Steven Kropper

VP of Business Development
Parallel Wireless

Thursday, March 08

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Paging was the de facto standard for alerting for a long time because they were proven and document.  Messages were sent in real time, they had priority and preemption and you could send one message easily to many.  But paging was a one-way technology, and the word has moved well...
Brad Welch

General Manager
TPL Systems Asia Pacific

Graeme Hull

Head of International Sales & Director of Business Development
Swissphone Wireless AG

Ian Clemens

General Manager

Joe Hanna


Red Grasso

FirstNet SPOC
North Carolina Dept of Information Technology

Thursday, March 08

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Managing and maintaining a fleet of radios and its network is no easy task.  Given the emphasis today on topics like FirstNet and Next Generation 911, it is easy to forget about the basics of radio maintenance, which remains key to a well-performing system. New models of maintenance take advantage...
Craig Chenicek

Managed Services Offer Development Manager
Motorola Solutions

Joseph Rey

Managing Partner