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Monday, March 05

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,...
Andrew Ruschak

Wireless Technology Consultant

Kevin Kleinsmith

Solutions Architect
Parallel Wireless

Przemek (Adam) Mroz P.Eng.

LMR Product Manager
Codan Radio Communications

Steve Marzolf

ISP Director, Integrated Services Program
Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Steven Bode

Lead Engineering Manager, Telecommunications Division
Black & Veatch

Monday, March 05

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Public safety communication is ever evolving and has become so much more than LMR. Efforts by public safety agencies to successfully integrate new and emerging technologies will only succeed if the agencies implementing them consider factors affecting their ability to talk to one another. In consideration of this increasingly complex...
Adrienne Roughgarden

Selection Chief, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial and International Section, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

David Soloos

NCSWIC Funding and Sustainment Committee Chair, SWIC, State of Oregon
Oregon Chief Information Office

Joe Galvin

NCSWIC Vice Chair, SAFECOM Executive Committee, NCSWIC/SAFECOM Technology Policy Co-Chair, SWIC, SPOC
State of Illinois

John Miller

NCSWIC Plans, Training, & Exercises Committee Chair, SWIC, State of New Jersey
Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services

Nikki Cassingham

SWIC, State of Oklahoma, NCSWIC Chair
Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety

Ralph Barnett

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

Monday, March 05

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The County of Monterey, on its behalf and for over 20 local agencies participating in the Next Generation radio system (NGEN), has administered a project to replace the existing public safety and local government voice and data radio networks with interoperable narrowband VHF, and 700MHz digital trunking technologies.  The NGEN...
Donald Denning


Granaz Movahed

Senior Consultant

Monday, March 05

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...
Adam Nelson

Senior Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Luis Camarillo

Certified Telecommunications Engineer
Federal Engineering

Tuesday, March 06

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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...
Robert Sisley

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, March 06

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

In relation to an active shooter event at a school in Washington State, discuss interoperability issues between the school and law enforcement, the role of social media and solutions being created through next-gen communications tools and processes. View an award-winning video created after the event, and discuss the implications with...
Shelley Westall

Office of the CIO
State of Washington

Wednesday, March 07

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Public safety users subscribe to a variety of commercial wireless carriers. While all users are connected to each other via the internet, not all their applications are interoperable. Public safety experienced interoperability challenges prior to the mass adoption of P25 and could be headed in the same direction with fragmentation...
Joe Boucher

Chief Technology Officer

Joe Ross

Senior Partner
Televate, LLC

Wednesday, March 07

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

From modest beginnings as analog gateways supporting talk path patching interoperability between LMR networks, enhanced gateways have evolved into umbrella networks that incorporate push-to-talk (PTT) voice, video and data (VVD) over terrestrial internet and commercial and public safety wireless broadband networks. The current and evolving landscape of these solutions, how...
Joe Boucher

Chief Technology Officer

Rick Burke

Managing Partner

Roman Kaluta

JPS Interoperability Solutions, Inc.

Wednesday, March 07

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Public safety has experienced major interoperability challenges with the adoption of almost every new technology including land-mobile radio, Computer-Aided Dispatch, and Video systems to name a few. The interoperability challenges in a mobile data world could far exceed those of other technologies due to the vast numbers and types of...
Niki Papazoglakis

Program Coordinator, Harris County LTE
Harris County - Public Safety Technology Services

Ron Hewitt

Director, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Scott Edson

Executive Director

Shing H. Lin

CTO, Public Safety Technology Services
Harris County

Thursday, March 08

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Interoperability is generally driven by the Inter-Sub System Interface (ISSI) or Console Sub system Interface (CSSI). Examine roaming and sharing across adjacent or statewide Jurisdictions by allowing multiple P25 RF subsystems to interconnect and potentially create larger wide-area networks or “system of systems.” Address the benefits and challenges of both...
Ed Boyer

Electronic Engineer II / DTR System Engineer at State of Colorado
State of Colorado

James Downes

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

Michael Newburn

Communications Technology Manager
Department of Information Technology, County of Fairfax, Virginia

Scott Wright

Telecommunications Engineer
Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

Stephen Devine

Lead Manager
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Steve Dyson

Wireless Communications Services Coordinator
Texas Department of Public Safety

Thursday, March 08

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

As IP-based communication networks become more ubiquitous for Critical Infrastructure Industries (CII), public safety and other entities, learn from a panel of industry experts about examples of valuable use cases that provide opportunities for expanded capacity, new applications, and cybersecurity as some narrowband and LTE network platforms converge in the...
Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and

Jay Paull

General Manager

Kevin C Malloy

Director, Business Development


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