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1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

With the eventual mandatory migration of public safety out of the T-Band, the potential "rebanding" of the 900 MHz band, and the FCC reviewing "Mid-Band" Spectrum for possible broadband sharing, what can we learn from previous spectrum migrations?  Hear from experts who have negotiated and performed relocations at 800 MHz...
Speakers
Alan Tilles

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

Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

John Wehmann

Consultant
Wireless Executive


2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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

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


11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

In 2005, Pierce County led a study to address the Federal Narrowband mandate that would go into effect in 2012, and what the impacts would be to Pierce County communications systems and its customer agencies. The study drove out five different recommendations; narrowband, implement a new VHF system, build its...
Speakers
Carlos Davis

Business Systems Manager
Pierce Transit

Scott Heinze

Deputy Director
Pierce County Emergency Management/Combined Communication Network

Tim Lenk

Radio Communications and E911 Division Manager
Pierce County


2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

All public safety T-Band users are required by law to exit the spectrum by 2021. However, no one seems to know what their spectrum alternatives are.  In addition, the enterprise users of T-Band are being left in limbo.  Explore the alternatives and their challenges. 
Speakers
Alan Tilles

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

Gary McCarraher

Chair of IAFC Communications Committee
Franklin MA Fire Dept

Mark Crosby

President/CEO
Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Scott Edson

Executive Director
LA-RICS


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Successful planning for a public safety radio system requires careful consideration to system capacity and configuration options.  Using a case study from the County of Monterey, Next Generation radio system (NGEN), discuss the technical, managerial and logistical lessons learned on system capacity planning and radio configuration post 45-Day Reliability test...
Speakers
Donald Denning

Manager
DELTAWRX

Granaz Movahed

Senior Consultant
Deltawrx


2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Reliable communications are a lifeline – so what happens when they are taken away? Radio frequency interference can degrade or block communications – and while some might be unintentional interference from faulty equipment or natural sources, some incidents may be caused by intentional use of a jamming device. The Department...
Speakers
Brandon Smith

Communications Technician, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Brian LaFlure

Director/Fire Coordinator
Warren County Office of Emergency Services

Darin Douglass

Public Safety Communications Administor
Mesa Police Department

Sridhar Kowdley

Manager
US Department of Homeland Security


4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Small cell build-outs are for much more than just greater cell phone usage. Deployments provide a wealth of potential societal benefits, primarily making possible smart cities. Learn how to leverage small cell deployments to create a truly interconnected city. Explore the services small cells enable, and where can they be...
Speaker
Alan Tilles

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


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The CBRS, Mid-Band, 800 band and 900 MHz PDV proceedings will have profound impact whether, and to what extent, public safety and private wireless spectrum is allocated and shared in the future. Will private narrowband spectrum remain available in the future? Will private narrowband share spectrum with broadband commercial allocations...
Speakers
Alan Tilles

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

Mark Crosby

President/CEO
Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Ralph Haller

Executive Director
FCCA


11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

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


2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

The broadband coverage for rural America is relatively poor. However, there is an opportunity to improve coverage by leveraging both FirstNet/AT&T and other federal programs. Delve further into the characteristics of the federal programs focused on rural broadband, and review approaches and considerations for communities when utilizing this approach. Finally,...
Speakers
Andrew Seybold

CEO & Principal Consultant
Andrew Seybold, Inc.

Dominick Arcuri P.E., PMP, ENP

Subject Matter Expert
Televate, LLC

Dr Michael Britt

Principal
Copper Dome Consulting, LLC

Mel Samples

Consultant
CADSTAR, INC.


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

With the advent of mobile phone technology, 911 isn’t working like it should. At the push of a button we can get a ride, a meal – even a dog sitter – delivered to our exact location, but when we’re in an emergency, responders face severe challenges finding our location....
Speakers
John Foley

Vice President, Operations
Safer Buildings Coalition

Reinhard Ekl

VP of Product & Public Safety
RapidSOS


8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Through the Internet of Things (IoT), even the nation’s highways are destined to transcend simply becoming “smart roads.”  ODOT is leading the way in developing strategies to make “smarter” happen quicker. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) was awarded $6.8M in Tiger VII grant funds, and part of its focus...
Speakers
Chip Spann

Director of Engineering & Technical Services (ETS)
Connected Nation

Chuck Dyer

Administrator - ODOT Office of Transit
Ohio Department of Transportation

Jane Miller CPM

Transit Tech Ohio (T2O) Project Manager
The Lakatos Group


9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

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,...
Speaker
Lee Pucker

CEO
Wireless Innovation Forum


11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Environmental PIM can be a significant problem to UHF public safety systems, especially when there are high power TV and FM broadcast stations nearby.  Degraded Rx sensitivity with the Tx on will be the symptom.  This assumes proper Tx to Rx isolation from the duplex hardware has been verified. Environmental...
Speaker
Tom Brinkoetter

Consultant
Anritsu Company