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8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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...
Alan Leffler N7WYE

Sales Manager- Americas
EMR Corp.

Andrew Ely

Director of Consulting
PierCon Solutions

David Adams

Senior Product Manager

Earl Lum

EJL Wireless Research

John Foley

Vice President, Operations
Safer Buildings Coalition

Trey Browder

Regional Sales Manager
Advanced RF Technologies Inc (ADRF)

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

What if your site cannot connect to the power grid?  A power line on poles or buried is likely cost-prohibitive.  Off-grid power may be your only option, costing far less and it can be designed for the high-level of reliability required to sustain mission critical communications.
Tom Mahon

Radio Project Consultant
Wireless Consulting, Inc.

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Get an overview of the technical challenges encountered when designing systems to provide voice, sensor data, personnel and asset tracking in isolated, limited-line-of-sight environments such as tunnels, mines, underground parking garages, collapsed buildings, etc. This will include a review of underground propagation models and existing technologies that should be considered...

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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...
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

District of Columbia Fire & EMS

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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...
Jim Fryer

Managing Editor
Inside Towers

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

There are many challenges to working in a remote environment in Alaska. In a coverage area about 10% smaller than Colorado, with only 9,500 people, problems include a small construction window due to the weather, and nightmare logistics including only one location with a road and flying in equipment had...
Joe Blaschka Jr, PE

ADCOMM Engineering Company

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

It used to be simple. A company could simply log into the FCC’s website and get an ASR. Need a license? No Problem! Many companies would readily include this service as an incentive if you bought your equipment from them or used their services for engineering or constructing a tower....
Cory Crenshaw

Crenshaw Communications Consulting, LLC

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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...
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

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The tower industry is expecting carrier activity to increase significantly in 2018 and beyond. Among the near-term catalysts are the FirstNet buildout, the TV Repack, 4G buildouts and 5G fixed wireless. What does this mean for the owners and operators of critical wireless infrastructure such as towers, small cell, distributed...
Alex Gellman

CEO and Co-founder
Vertical Bridge, LLC

Clayton Funk

Managing Partner
MVP Capital, LLC

David Weisman

President and CEO
Insite Wireless Group, LLC

Ronald Bizick II

CEO and Co-founder
Tarpon Towers

Tom Kane

President and Managing Member
Network Building & Consulting

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

The last few years have left many of us scratching our heads questioning if our towers can be compliant with the myriad of new legislation being handed down.  Many new regulations left several of us with more questions than answers.  Do our towers 50’-200’ now need to be marked/lit?  Didn’t...
Cory Crenshaw

Crenshaw Communications Consulting, LLC

Gary Chiasson

Director of Sales, International and Airport
Flash Technology

Richard Hickey

Sr. Manager, National Regulatory Compliance
Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Wireless coverage within multi-dwelling buildings is more complicated than at first glance. Hear how deploying systems within sports stadiums for mega events can provide valuable insight into the technical and operational requirements needed for creating a working and workable system for your buildings and cities. Examine how each technology such...
Greg Najjar

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

John Dundas

Director DundasTech Ltd
DundasTech Limited

Robert Sisley

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Can renewable energies, with the right battery (energy storage) strategy, be a game changer to reliably power communications (even FirstNet type sites) “Off-grid”? Yes! But avoiding all-too common mistakes are the key to success. Learn from industry experts how to design the system from the start. Includes site assessment, load...
Brad Berwald

Product Manager
Morningstar Corp

Mark Dettmer

President & Founder
Mission Critical Energy Inc.

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Taking in-building to the next level is 3D visualization, IoT and advanced situational awareness. As a key service for law enforcement and firefighters, these new technologies require a faster mapping process, increased reporting, performance validation and operational advancements that can pinpoint incidents or provide precise blueprints in ways we have...
Dereck Orr

Division Chief, NIST, CTL

Jeff Kunst

Vice President, Product Development
TRX Systems

Kenneth Rehbehn

Principal Analyst
Critical Communications Insights

Wayne Wong

Product Manager

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Education is the key for both tower safety considerations and radiofrequency radiation safety. With new technologies coming out all the time you need to know best practices for NEPA/EA requirements, OSHA regulations and FCC requirements. Understand OSHA rules regarding multiple employer telecom work sites, employers’ responsibility for telecom workers claiming...
Benjamin Afton, CSP, CHST

ESH&S Manager - Telecom Division
Black & Veatch Corporation

Duane MacEntee

National Wireless Safety Association

Miranda Allen

Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI)

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

5G requires more coverage than we’ve ever had.  We’ll be moving to a completely different model, with hundreds of sites in a single neighborhood, possibly on every street light or stop sign. Densifying the wireless network for 5G will take time and energy and place sites in the most interesting...
Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

What happens when you need coverage where there isn’t any –  a rural area, the middle of a body of water, after a disaster.... With zero connectivity and backhaul, you need a solution that has to be transportable, resilient, secure and cost-effective. Hear examples of new technologies that are portable,...

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Nowadays the DAS technology is used to cover diverse type of indoor coverage applications, among them, cellular, WiFi, public safety radio communications. Because of the natural differences of the applications, a unique type of DAS won’t entirely satisfy each application's needs. When it comes to public safety radio communication, immediate...
Fernando Sommariva

Director of Engineering
Fiplex Communications, Inc.

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Due to the widespread adoption of the NFPA code, the design and installation of public safety DAS has been greatly impacted. Explore the key technical and operational specs called out by the code, and review the results in the actual implementation. Examine ATP (Acceptance Test Procedure) of in-building radio coverage...
Chris Godwin

Senior Wireless Technologist
RF Solutions LLC

John Facella P.E., C.Eng.

Panther Pines Consulting, LLC

Kevin Persing

Western Regional Manager
Cobham Wireless

Minfei Leng

Applications Engineering Manager
Bird Technologies Group