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Monday, March 05

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  M113
  • 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,...
Speakers
Andrew Ruschak

Wireless Technology Consultant
Stantec

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

  • 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

Former General Manager, BayRICS Authority

Chris Fischer

Partner
Presidential Partners Consulting

Corey Reynolds PMP

General Manager
BayRICS Authority

David Rush

Sr. Product Manager
Cradlepoint

Doug Clark

Assistant Vice President, FirstNet State Outreach & Consultation
FirstNet Built with AT&T

John Szpak

VP Services & Solutions
JVCKenwood

Mary Doherty

North America LTE, Vice President
Motorola Solutions

Richard Mirgon

President
Richard Mirgon Consulting LLC

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  M116
  • Monday, March 05, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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
Brett Gassaway

Vice President, Business Development/Technical Sales
Compliance Testing

Gary Monetti

Founder and Managing Director
Monetti & Associates

Megan Brown

Partner
Wiley Rein LLP

Michael Macki

Senior RF Design Engineer
Sinclair Technologies

Randy Van Buren

Solutions Engineer
Nokia

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

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

Program Manager, DHS Science &Technology Directorate, Office for Interoperability & Compatibility
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Stephen Nichols

Director
Project 25 Technology Interest Group

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  M112
  • Monday, March 05, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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 911 Program Manager
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Lisa Madden

Vice President NG9-1-1, FirstNet, and Call Center Efficiencies
Winbourne Consulting

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

Greg Najjar

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

John Foley

General Manager
Safer Buildings Coalition


Monday, March 05

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


Monday, March 05

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   N322
  • Session Number:  R56
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $1,299 (through 11/8); $1,399 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Communications Site Installer (R56) Certification Test: Included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.   STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.   The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course...
Speaker
Michael Barton CETsr

Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team
Commdex Consulting

  • Room:   N330B
  • Session Number:  DAS
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA International Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. This course is for anyone interested in learning about the fundamental theories, components, installation, maintenance and support...
Speaker
Dane Brockmiller CTT, FOI, LAS, PIM, DAS

Trainer
Dover Telecommunication Services

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  FTTA
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CANCELLED Course Cost: $1849  Certification: ETA Fiber to the Antenna-Fiber Optic Technician (FTTA-FOT)  Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Class participants will use the latest technology and equipment to learn to properly install, splice, terminate, test, and troubleshoot optical...
  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  GCT1
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA International General Communications Technician-Level 1 Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. The General Communications Technician-Level 1 certification program introduces the attendee to basic elements of various communications concepts...
Speakers
Merle Taylor CETsr

GCT1 General Communications Technician Training, Level 1
Wilson Electronics

Rob Walker LAS, PIM, GCT1, GCT2 , CET, RFIM

National Sales Manager
AEA Technology

  • Room:   N329
  • Session Number:  GCT2
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA International General Communications Technician-Level 2 Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. Expanding on the US Department of Homeland Security COMT program, GCT covers everything needed to complete your...
Speakers
Ira Wiesenfeld PE, CETms

President CEO
IWA Technical Services Inc.

Joe Delio CETma

Senior Vice President
IWA Technical Services Inc.

  • Room:   N330D
  • Session Number:  LAS
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA Line and Antenna Sweep Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. For technicians performing a Line and Antenna Sweep using a frequency domain reflectometer (FDR), get an introduction to...
Speaker
Jay Thompson CETsr

Trainer
Dover Telecommunications Services

  • Room:   N330A
  • Session Number:  MRT
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Microwave Radio Technician (MRT) Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. Microwave radio continues to be a major part of radio and data transmission systems. Wireless carriers continue to deploy...
Speaker
Tom Dover

President
Dover Telecommunication Services, Inc.

  • Room:   N330B
  • Session Number:  MCET - CANCELLED
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CANCELLED Course Cost: $1,099 (through 11/8); $1,199 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA Mobile Communications Electronics Technician Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The second level of Mobile Communications and Electronics Installation is the Technician level. It is an advanced...
  • Room:   N330C
  • Session Number:  PVI1
  • Monday, March 05, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $999 (through 11/8); $1049 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA Photovoltaic Installer, Level 1 (PVI1) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday   Want to learn how to install solar?  Maybe you even want to become certified...
Speaker
Jay Warmke, PVI1, SWI1

Owner
Blue Rock Station


Monday, March 05

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  M121
  • Monday, March 05, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
In response to requests from the First Responder Community, US and international regulatory authorities have authorized the use of High Power User Equipment (HPUE) on the FirstNet LTE Band 14. The use of HPUE, with approximately six times the output power of standard “Smart Phones,” can provide First Responders with...
Speakers
Jim McMillan

Director - Infrastructure and Communications Services
Harris County - Public Safety Technology Services

Scott Edson

Executive Director
LA-RICS

Thomas Bilotta

CEO
Assured Wireless Corporation

In recent years, the development and employment of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms has increased exponentially. Large and small technology companies, Universities, FFRDCs, and a limitless number of other organizations are all creating cognitive engines aimed at enabling computers to think more like the human brain.  But what does...
Speakers
Arvin Singh

Head of Public Sector Strategy
Verizon

Kathleen Cowles

Partner
Deep Water Point, LLC

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  M123
  • 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...
Speakers
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

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  M126
  • Monday, March 05, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Location, location, location is not only the key to successful real estate transactions, but also to identifying the right field resources for faster responses. Explore how integrating location sharing and tracking, including geofencing, with broadband PTT provides enterprises, utilities and transportation with a critical communication solution that makes it easy...
Speaker
Bujji Vempati

VP Advanced Technology
Kodiak: A Motorola Solutions Company

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) is the only formal, independent process for ensuring communications equipment declared by the supplier actually is P25 compliant and tested against the standards with publicly published results.  P25 CAP has taken steps to streamline the program and...
Speakers
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

Roger Strope

P25 CAP Advisory Panel Vice Chair
Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri Interoperability Center

Sridhar Kowdley

Program Manager, DHS Science &Technology Directorate, Office for Interoperability & Compatibility
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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.
Speaker
Tom Mahon

Senior Radio Project Consultant
Wireless Consulting, Inc.

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  M122
  • Monday, March 05, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Mobile technology, cloud computing, broadband networks and low-cost technology will forever change emergency services 2.0.  From body camera files, crime analytics software solutions and evidence collection and tracking, law enforcement is increasingly dealing with mountains of data.  They may understand the value of this data and using it to analyze...
Speakers
Daniel Seals

Former Crime Analyst and Detective, and Current Public Safety Industry Expert
Motorola Solutions

Tony Gomez

Senior Solutions Specialist
Motorola Solutions


Monday, March 05

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  M132
  • Monday, March 05, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Learn how LA-RICS is utilizing smart phones and tablets to replace expensive Mobile Data Computers and extend the reach of CAD, RMS and other advanced technologies to officers outside the patrol car. See how this is driving down costs, enhancing officer safety and improving public safety outcomes by empowering the...
Speakers
Charles Dowd

Public Safety Consultant
Former Board Member, FirstNet

Niki Papazoglakis

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

Robert Escalle

Vice President – Public Safety & Defense Market Segments
Sonim Technologies, Inc.

Scott Edson

Executive Director
LA-RICS

Are you looking for ways to improve the productivity of your enterprise team? Connecting your front-line workers on radios with your team members using smartphones, tablets, and laptops has never been easier. Team communications can help organizations eliminate the barriers between devices, networks and locations, and let everyone be part...
Speaker
Lester Miller

Commercial and Launch Marketing Manager
Motorola Solutions

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  M131
  • Monday, March 05, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
FirstNet is a public safety network but other non-public safety users like utilities and transportation may be permitted, especially at times of disaster, as secondary users of FirstNet.  Examine who will be allowed to use FirstNet’s network and when.
Speaker
Walt Rivenbark

AVP
FirstNet Built with AT&T

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...
Speaker
Steve Harrison

Vice President Engineering
Innovative Wireless Technologies

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  M133
  • 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...
Speakers
Donald Denning

Manager
DELTAWRX

Granaz Movahed

Senior Consultant
Deltawrx

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  M136
  • Monday, March 05, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Toronto Pearson International Airport’s (TPIA) objective is to become World-Leading Mega Hub Airport. This quest will necessitate significant new facilities and investment in technology that allows growth and expansion to meet the 20 year and beyond Business Plan Objectives, even as we deal with the demolition and expansion of facilities...
Speakers
Dan Elliott

Manager Communications, Integrated Operational Control Centre.
Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Rob Graham

CEO
Genwave Technologies

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  M134
  • Monday, March 05, 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


Monday, March 05

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  M143
  • 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...
Speakers
Adam Nelson

Senior Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Luis Camarillo

Certified Telecommunications Engineer
Federal Engineering

  • 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
Chuck Shaughnessy

Sr. Advisor, Public Safety Telecommunications, Chief Technology Office
FirstNet

Michelle Johnson

Director, LTE Advocacy and Business Development, Communications Systems
Harris Corporation

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Nicholas Falgiatore

Senior 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
Brad Goetzelman

Solutions Engineer
Viavi Solutions Inc.

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

Vice President & General Manager, Land Mobile Radio
Codan Radio

Steven Kropper

VP of Business Development
Parallel Wireless

Todd Bianchi

Captain
District of Columbia Fire & EMS

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  M142
  • Monday, March 05, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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

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
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 Richards

Director Radio Operations, State of Maine
State of Maine

Keith LaPlant

Telecommunications and Interoperability Prgm Mgr
US Coast Guard

Lorin Mock

Fire Chief
Clay County Department of Public Safety

Scott Wright

Telecommunications Engineer
Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

Stephen Nichols

Director
Project 25 Technology Interest Group

Tim Lewis

IT Telecom Services Group Manager
Florida Power and Light

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
Arvin Singh

Head of Public Sector Strategy
Verizon

Earl Lum

President
EJL Wireless Research

Mary Walsh


LBC Consultants and Services

Patrik Ringqvist

Principal Solutions Consultant
Ericsson North America

Peter Flynn

Member
Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

Preston Marshall PhD

Technical Program Manager, Spectrum Access Technology
Google

Wayne Wong

Product Manager
Anritsu


Tuesday, March 06

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  T212
  • Tuesday, March 06, 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
JVCKenwood

Greg Najjar

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

Jason Matthews

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

Jeff Porter

Director
Wyoming County, PA

Jim Collum

Manager of Systems Engineering
Leonardo

Kody Kerwin

Public Safety Communications Specialist
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Niki Papazoglakis

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

Robert Repasky

Director
Bradford County 911 (PA)

Shing H. Lin

CTO, Public Safety Technology Services
Harris County

Todd Early

TxDPS Deputy Assistant Director
Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  T213
  • 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...
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...
Speakers
Allen Dixon

Director of Channel Development
Zinwave

Jim Fryer

Managing Editor
Inside Towers

Kevin Forte

Program Manager | iDAS & Venues
Crown Castle

Patrick Lau

VP of Strategic Development
Comba Telecom

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director
NATE

Tom Chamberlain

Area VP Sales
Westell Technologies

  • 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 911 Program Manager
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Consultant
M3 Technical Services

Ryan Burchnell

Director – Strategy and Policy
FirstNet Built with AT&T

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

Murray Shaw

Vice President of Sales
MCM Technology

Scott Wiggins

Vice President
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Susan Ronning P.E.

Principal Consultant
EBE Consulting, LLC

Toby Dusha

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

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  T214
  • Tuesday, March 06, 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

Judy Stone

Team Leader
APCO International

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
Charles Dowd

Public Safety Consultant
Former Board Member, FirstNet

Dave George

President
Pryme Radio Products

Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

Guillermo Silva

Marketing Director
Servitron

Igor Glubochansky

AVP – Mobility Product Management
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Kris Patel

Vice President, Unified Communications
Motorola Solutions

Leonardo Gonzalez

Manager - Wireless Business Product Management
Verizon Wireless

Michael Newburn

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

Mike Barney

Director of Public Safety Programs
Cubic Mission Solutions

Scott Wiley

Product Manager
Sprint Business Products Group

  • 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 discuss 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 drive communications technology now and in the...
Speakers
Alison Diana

Editor
Broadband World News

Dorothy Kuhn

Dorothy Kuhn
The Successibles

Kathleen Cowles

Partner
Deep Water Point, LLC

Maria Jacques ENP

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

NM Deputy State Point of Contact (SPOC)
State of New Mexico DoIT


Tuesday, March 06

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   N322
  • Session Number:  R56
  • Tuesday, March 06, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $1,299 (through 11/8); $1,399 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Communications Site Installer (R56) Certification Test: Included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.   STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.   The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course is designed to present the...
Speaker
Michael Barton CETsr

Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team
Commdex Consulting

  • Room:   N330B
  • Session Number:  DAS
  • Tuesday, March 06, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA International Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. This course is for anyone interested in learning about the fundamental theories, components, installation, maintenance and support...
Speaker
Dane Brockmiller CTT, FOI, LAS, PIM, DAS

Trainer
Dover Telecommunication Services

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  GCT1
  • Tuesday, March 06, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA International General Communications Technician-Level 1 Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. The General Communications Technician-Level 1 certification program introduces the attendee to basic elements of various communications concepts and technologies. This...
Speakers
Merle Taylor CETsr

GCT1 General Communications Technician Training, Level 1
Wilson Electronics

Rob Walker LAS, PIM, GCT1, GCT2 , CET, RFIM

National Sales Manager
AEA Technology

  • Room:   N329
  • Session Number:  GCT2
  • Tuesday, March 06, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA International General Communications Technician-Level 2 Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. Expanding on the US Department of Homeland Security COMT program, GCT covers everything needed to complete your ETA certification.  These...
Speakers
Ira Wiesenfeld PE, CETms

President CEO
IWA Technical Services Inc.

Joe Delio CETma

Senior Vice President
IWA Technical Services Inc.

  • Room:   N330D
  • Session Number:  LAS
  • Tuesday, March 06, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA Line and Antenna Sweep Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. For technicians performing a Line and Antenna Sweep using a frequency domain reflectometer (FDR), get an introduction to antenna system commissioning,...
Speaker
Jay Thompson CETsr

Trainer
Dover Telecommunications Services

  • Room:   N330A
  • Session Number:  MRT
  • Tuesday, March 06, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Microwave Radio Technician (MRT) Certification Cost: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday and Tuesday. Microwave radio continues to be a major part of radio and data transmission systems. Wireless carriers continue to deploy microwave systems for...
Speaker
Tom Dover

President
Dover Telecommunication Services, Inc.

  • Room:   N330C
  • Session Number:  PVI1
  • Tuesday, March 06, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $999 (through 11/8); $1049 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA Photovoltaic Installer, Level 1 (PVI1) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday   Want to learn how to install solar?  Maybe you even want to become certified to work in...
Speaker
Jay Warmke, PVI1, SWI1

Owner
Blue Rock Station


Tuesday, March 06

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  T222
  • Tuesday, March 06, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Learn seven key regulatory trends in the NG911 deployment, including reliability, funding, text-to-911 and location accuracy. Regulators are trying to keep up with transition from a legacy 911 network to a next-generation 911 network. Walk through various efforts by Congress, the FCC, and state regulatory agencies to fund the next...
Speakers
Tim Doughty

Associate
Keller & Heckman

Wesley Wright

Attorney
Keller and Heckman

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  T226
  • Tuesday, March 06, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
The graying of the wireless workforce and industry emphasis on IP has created a gap in wireless education for new entries into the work force. At the same time, new technologies demand wireless workers to continually refresh and update their knowledge. Advances in wireless are changing the landscape and delivery...
Speakers
Alan Tilles

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

Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

Bill Butler

Chair, Cyber & Information Security and Director, Critical Infrastructures & Cyber Protection Ctr
Capitol Technology University

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director
NATE

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  T221
  • Tuesday, March 06, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
With AT&T's being selected as operator of the FirstNet public safety broadband network, how much has the larger picture for sourcing public safety communications services changed? Will AT&T gain a larger share of non-FirstNet business by leveraging its new status? Will Verizon make serious efforts to compete for would-be FirstNet...
Speaker
Art Katz

Principal
Katz Law Office, P.C.

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  T224
  • Tuesday, March 06, 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
Donald Denning

Manager
DELTAWRX

Scott Heinze

Deputy Director
Pierce County Emergency Management/Combined Communication Network

Tim Lenk

Radio Communications and E911 Division Manager
Pierce County

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  T223
  • Tuesday, March 06, 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
This session is an executive level cybersecurity presentation that shows leaders how to design a defense in-depth cyber security strategy for protecting their organization. This design is based on four interdependent security zones – Physical Infrastructure Security, Local Host Security, Local Network Security and Edge Protection.  The US government’s cybersecurity...
Speakers
Chuck Brooks

Managing Director/VP
eITPrep Educational Technologies Group

William Fisher

Security Engineer
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

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...
Speaker
Joe Blaschka Jr, PE

Principal
ADCOMM Engineering Company

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...
Speaker
Michael Dame

Program Director
NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Integrating narrowband and broadband services in a single device is a game-changer for the LMR industry, offering access to markets that were previously owned by the cellular industry. Broadband data traffic has grown exponentially. However, narrowband technologies were designed primarily for voice, with limited data capability. The challenge has been...
Speakers
Martin Edwards

Chief Technology Officer
Hytera

Paul Wardner

Sales Engineer
Hytera Communications America


Tuesday, March 06

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Este es un caso de estudio de un operador pequeño. Lanzamiento de un POC (Push To Talk Over Cellular) como servicio en un mercado de LATAM que explica los desafíos enfrentados y las lecciones aprendidas en el camino. Explica cómo tener una aplicación POC no es suficiente para abordar la...
Speaker
Guillermo Silva

Marketing Director
Servitron


Tuesday, March 06

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....
Speaker
Cory Crenshaw

President
Crenshaw Communications Consulting, LLC

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  T231
  • Tuesday, March 06, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
With the advent of a nationwide network such as FirstNet, the sheer number of users will need to be managed, as well as to be vetted somehow. A system for creating a Push To Talk ID for each individual, vehicle and device will need to be created and managed, and...
Speakers
Barry Luke

Deputy Executive Director
NPSTC

Jason Matthews

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

William Fisher

Security Engineer
National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  T234
  • Tuesday, March 06, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Your radio sites, dispatch centers, and other remote infrastructure sites are vulnerable to many evolving threats. Equipment failures, natural disasters, copper thieves, and even terrorists present real risks. Your job is to protect the reliability of public safety communications so first responders can save lives. Learn from experts at public-safety...
Speakers
Andrew Erickson

Applications Engineer
DPS Telecom

David Taylor

Radio Systems Manager
Thurston 9-1-1 Communications

Mariam Hall

Applications Engineer
DPS Telecom

Tim Simonson

Public Safety Systems Master Technician
Kitsap 911

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  T233
  • Tuesday, March 06, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Cybersecurity is constantly evolving, becoming more complex and costly as the number of cyber threats grow. Many organizations are increasing their focus on implementing countermeasures to safeguard their vital assets and data. Without a comprehensive plan for identifying threats and mitigating them before they penetrate networks, hackers, malicious users and...
Speaker
Edwin Waleh

Information Security Assurance Analyst
Avtec Inc.

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  T232
  • Tuesday, March 06, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Public safety communications in the border regions is a complex issue that affects all responder organizations. Emergency response agencies at all levels of government need to exchange voice, video, and data communications to successfully coordinate critical security and public safety operations. Agencies coordinating operations along and across international borders encounter...
Speakers
Brian Marenco

Electronics Engineer
Federal Communications Commission

Dusty Rhoads

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Emergency Communications Division (ECD)m US DHS
US Department of Homeland Security

Edward Lawson

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

Todd Early

TxDPS Deputy Assistant Director
Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  T236
  • 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...
Speaker
Shelley Westall

Office of the CIO
State of Washington

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...
Speakers
Barry Ritter

VP
Ritter Strategic Services LLC

Terry Burnworth

President
Pyramid Architecture/Engineering & Pyramid Consulting


Tuesday, March 06

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Para muchos lugares de comuniciones, el sol y el viento son a menudo la única fuente de energía confiable. Pero, porque muchos de ellos fracasan? Incluso en areas muy soleadas? Entendiendo los principios básicos de diseño profesional de fuera-de-red (off-grid) para sistemas inalámbricos y lugares de comunicaciones es a menudo...
Speakers
Carlos Giraldo

International Business Development Manager

Mission Critical Energy Inc.

Jorge Rubio

Product Manager
Syscom

Mark Dettmer

President & Founder
Mission Critical Energy Inc.


Tuesday, March 06

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

John Rosica

President
NVIS Communications LLC

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Paul Gilbert

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

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

Kern Davis

Vice President: Business Development & Consulting Services
CTS

Mike Brownson

Director, IBW Business Development
Westell Technologies

Rami Hasarchi

VP of Coverage Solutions
Cobham Wireless

Sri Arunachalam

Principal Applications Engineer
Microlab (A Wireless Telecom Group Company)

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  T244
  • Tuesday, March 06, 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

  • 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
Harlin McEwen

Former FirstNet PSAC Chair
Public Safety Communications Consultant

Jeff Bratcher

CTO and Operations Director
First Responder Network Authority

Joe Ross

Senior Partner
Televate, LLC

John Lenihan

Battalion Chief (ret.)
Los Angeles County Fire Department

Patrick Flynn

Head, Advanced Programs Group (APG)
McAfee LLC

Scott Agnew

AT&T Assistant Vice President, FirstNet Solutions
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Scott Edson

Executive Director
LA-RICS

Steve Fallin

Senior Product Manager
NetMotion Software

  • Room:   N220C
  • Session Number:  T247
  • Tuesday, March 06, 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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

Chip Strange

VP, Strategy & Business Development
Mosaik

Dean Skidmore

Principal Consultant, IoT+LTE Consulting Group
NPSTC, Vice Chair, PS IoT Workgroup

Geoff Arnold

CTO
Verizon Smart Communities and Venues

Jason Nelson

Director of Partnership Engagement
Smart Cities Council

John Wilson

Director, Business Development America's Telco & IoT Solutions
Hitachi Vantara

KaeVon LeGrande

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

Peter Murray

Executive Director
Dense Networks

Rebecca Hunter

Corporate Development & Strategy
Crown Castle

Rohit Bhanot

Vice-President Public Safety Practice
Nokia

Roman Kaluta

Director
JPS Interoperability Solutions, Inc.


Tuesday, March 06

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

DHS's Science & Technology Directorate is your trusted partner for technology development, adoption, and integration. Think of us as a conduit for transitioning your bold ideas. This open house will focus on S&T’s newly released Integration Handbook, which details technical specifications that are needed to develop interoperable solutions to the...

Tuesday, March 06

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

La creciente demanda de presión regulatoria, la satisfacción de usuarios  y la conciencia ambiental significan que las empresas de servicios públicos de todo el mundo están buscando maneras de distribuir el energía de una manera cada vez más eficiente y confiable. La automatización de distribución eléctrica es un método bien...
Speaker
Bladimyr Guzman

Engineering Technical Lead
Tait Communications


Tuesday, March 06

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

This session will provide a "year in review" of key milestones and accomplishments with public safety broadband in the U.S.key leaders within NPSTC will discuss this rapidly changing landscape with a focus on issues that impact first responders at the operational level. Learn the top 10 issues that will impact...
Speakers
Barry Fraser

Former General Manager, BayRICS Authority

Barry Luke

Deputy Executive Director
NPSTC

Chris Kindelspire

LMR to LTE Working Group Chair
NPSTC

Kevin McGinnis

Board Member
FirstNet

Ralph Haller

Executive Director
FCCA


Tuesday, March 06

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  ETAM
  • Tuesday, March 06, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Membership in ETA’s professional association provides meaningful growth, resulting from the added value members receive through professional development and involvement with other members. One of the privileges of membership in ETA International is your right to voice your opinion about the direction of ETA and to learn how it has...

Wednesday, March 07

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

  • Room:   IWCE Theater
  • Session Number:  KEY1
  • Wednesday, March 07, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Speaker
Thaddeus Arroyo

CEO
FirstNet Built with AT&T


Wednesday, March 07

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   N329
  • Session Number:  CET
  • Wednesday, March 07, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $410 Certification:  ETA International Associate Certified Electronics Technician ( CETa ) Certification Test:  included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. The Associate certification is designed for technicians who have less than two years experience or trade school training for electronics...
Speaker
Christopher Miller CETsr

Professor
Heartland Community College

  • Room:   N322
  • Session Number:  R56
  • Wednesday, March 07, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $1,299 (through 11/8); $1,399 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Communications Site Installer (R56) Certification Test: Included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.   STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.   The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course...
Speaker
Michael Barton CETsr

Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team
Commdex Consulting

  • Room:   N330A
  • Session Number:  ITS
  • Wednesday, March 07, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Information Technology Security (ITS) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.     The workshop will prepare attendees to challenge the new...
Speaker
Chuck Brooks

Managing Director/VP
eITPrep Educational Technologies Group

  • Room:   N330C
  • Session Number:  PVI1
  • Wednesday, March 07, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $999 (through 11/8); $1049 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA Photovoltaic Installer, Level 1 (PVI1) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday   Want to learn how to install solar?  Maybe you even want to become certified to work in...
Speaker
Jay Warmke, PVI1, SWI1

Owner
Blue Rock Station

  • Room:   N330B
  • Session Number:  RFIM
  • Wednesday, March 07, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA International Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation (RFIM) Certification Test:  included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. This course is for anyone who is involved with interference hunting in radio services. It will...
Speaker
Donald Huston

Executive Account Manager
TX RX Systems


Wednesday, March 07

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Room:   IWCE Theater
  • Session Number:  KEY2
  • Wednesday, March 07, 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Speaker
Michael Poth

CEO
FirstNet


Wednesday, March 07

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  W01
  • Wednesday, March 07, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Now that FirstNet is becoming a reality and service will be available in your area, how will your agency determine if and when to transition to FirstNet? Key considerations include coverage; Band 14 build-out; priority and preemption; voice services, PSAP Integration, how to integrate FirstNet with LMR and NG9-1-1, local...
Speakers
Andrew Seybold

CEO & Principal Consultant
Andrew Seybold, Inc.

David Buchanan

Director of Consultation
FirstNet

Dominick Arcuri P.E., PMP, ENP

Subject Matter Expert
Televate, LLC

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Richard Mirgon

President
Richard Mirgon Consulting LLC

Robert LeGrande, II

Founder and CEO
The Digital Decision, LLC

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...
Speakers
Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager
Nokia

Jim Pelegris

Business Development Specialist
ITW/LINX

John Szpak

VP Services & Solutions
JVCKenwood

Kevin Kleinsmith

Solutions Architect
Parallel Wireless

Mary Walsh


LBC Consultants and Services

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...
Speakers
Alex Gellman

CEO and Co-founder
Vertical Bridge, LLC

David Weisman

President and CEO
Insite Wireless Group, LLC

Don Bishop

Executive Editor/Associate Publisher
AGL Media Group

Tom Kane

President and Managing Member
Network Building & Consulting

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  W03
  • 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...
Speakers
Joe Boucher

Chief Technology Officer
Mutualink

Joe Ross

Senior Partner
Televate, LLC

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  W02
  • Wednesday, March 07, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Policy issues are still plaguing NG911 rollouts but are the technical and operational aspects set?  Examine the operational considerations to the dispatcher, IT/radio lead within the PSAP, the overall PSAP itself, and the end user.  And examine the technical standards developed by NENA and a diverse group of stakeholders. Technologists...
Speakers
Brian Fontes

CEO
National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Jeff Cohen

Chief Counsel
APCO International

Katy Myers

Technical Services Division Manager
Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA)

Maria Jacques ENP

President
National Association of State 911 Administrators

Ray Paddock

Vice President, Government Markets Business Development
Inteliquent

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  W06
  • Wednesday, March 07, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Safe City is a security concept that integrates critical information across a city onto a consolidated IT platform. The systems often promote interoperability between law enforcement, emergency services, utilities, transportation and other agencies to streamline operations and provide situational awareness to all stakeholders involved in the management of a city....
Speakers
Alex Richardson

Senior Analyst, Critical Communications
IHS Markit

Brian Shepherd

Program Manager
State of Colorado

Justin Dickstein

Director
Black & Veatch

Kevin Coyne

VP Advanced Services
West Safety Services

Rohit Bhanot

Vice-President Public Safety Practice
Nokia

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  W04
  • Wednesday, March 07, 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

Take a look at how TETRA has grown since entering into North America, and what the future holds. With the growth of LTE, how will TETRA and LTE work together? Is LTE a threat to TETRA’s future, or will it in enhance its growth in the North American market? Also...
Speakers
John Monto

Director, Radio Technology Solutions
Rockwell Collins/ARINC

Keith Ammons

Vice President, Market Development
PowerTrunk Inc.

Steve Macke

Principal
Advent C3

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  W09
  • Wednesday, March 07, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Examine UAVs of yesterday, today and tomorrow with reference to lidar, RF spectrum analyzers, Artificial Intelligence and photo-recognition software.
Speaker
Phil Larsen

Global Director of Sales and Operations
ABJ Drones


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...
Speakers
Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and 5G-Courses.com

Jason Karp

Principal
The Public Safety Network

Kelly Hill

Editor
RCR Wireless

Kenneth Morckel

Senior Consultant
The Digital Decision, LLC

Rod Cronin

VP-Product Management
Redline Communications

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  W11
  • Wednesday, March 07, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
A panel of FirstNet early builders and subscribers will interactively discuss the transformative public safety innovation occurring within the FirstNet Ecosystem. Panelists will share case studies of their own innovation projects and answer questions from the audience. Gain an understanding of how the FirstNet Ecosystem supports transformative innovation in public...
Speakers
Greg Rubin

Chief
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Michael Newburn

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

Ryan Burchnell

Director – Strategy and Policy
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Shing H. Lin

CTO, Public Safety Technology Services
Harris County

Timothy Roufa

Major
Florida Highway Patrol

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  W12
  • Wednesday, March 07, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
The expansion of IoT into the world of public safety offers opportunities but also creates challenges. Take a look into the vast array of IoT that interface with public safety operations including smart devices, applications, smart cities, connected/autonomous vehicles, drones, home assistants, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, GIS, LMR, enhanced PTT...
Speakers
Barry Fraser

Former General Manager, BayRICS Authority

Charles Werner

Chair
National Council on Public Safety UAS & Association of American Railroads Public Safety Advisory Committee

Dean Skidmore

Principal Consultant, IoT+LTE Consulting Group
NPSTC, Vice Chair, PS IoT Workgroup

Eddie Reyes

Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager
Police Foundation

Randy Van Buren

Solutions Engineer
Nokia

Ray Lehr

Senior SME
Lafayette Group

TJ Kennedy

Founder
The Public Safety Network

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  W16
  • Wednesday, March 07, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Utilities provide highly essential services on a daily basis and often require “mission-critical” grade comms systems for both daily operations and often for disaster recovery. As utilities are often a mix of public and private enterprise – sometimes within the same organization – they are often on the cutting edge...
Speakers
Christian Reynolds

IT Network Engineer
Nielson Networks, a division of Bay Electronics

Jeff McElroy

Global Vice President of Utilities & Industrials
Tait Communications

Jeorge J. Olague

Director of Technical Sales
PCTEL

Jim Mattox

VP Business Development, Utilities
PowerTrunk, Inc.

Kevin Sumrell

Vice President of Energy Markets
Avtec

Steve Macke

Principal
Advent C3

With the explosion of wireless technologies and the merging of radio and IP technologies we are often asked to compare and contrast the various technologies that are available. While most Public Safety LMR systems have moved to P25, and broadband applications have moved towards LTE solutions, questions are still asked...
Speakers
Brad Barber

Director of Operations
Federal Engineering, Inc.

William Waugaman

Senior Consultant
Mission Critical Partners

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  W19
  • Wednesday, March 07, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Radar technology has direct links to modern microwave communication systems.  In this short course, the historical and technological development of microwave radar systems will be examined. Topics addressed will include: radar operational theory; microwave frequency concerns (band allocation, wave lengths, range and bearing determination); radar block diagram (signal flows, module...
Speaker
Bill Bailey PhD

Adjunct Professor
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University World Wide Campus

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  W13
  • 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...
Speakers
Joe Boucher

Chief Technology Officer
Mutualink

Rick Burke

Managing Partner
Televate

Roman Kaluta

Director
JPS Interoperability Solutions, Inc.

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...
Speakers
Cory Crenshaw

President
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

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  W14
  • Wednesday, March 07, 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


Wednesday, March 07

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   Exhibitor Presentation Theater
  • Wednesday, March 07, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Importance of Testing Mission Critical Public Safety Mobile Networks will discuss some of the key test and assurance solutions that are related to applications that can streamline the overall deployment and management of complex mobile networks. Deploying a new nationwide network or overlaying state and local networks with new...

Wednesday, March 07

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room:   IWCE Theater
  • Session Number:  KEY3
  • Wednesday, March 07, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker
Michael Maiorana

Senior Vice President, Public Sector
Verizon Enterprise Solutions


Wednesday, March 07

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room:   Exhibitor Presentation Theater
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
In its 25th year, Hytera develops standards-based solutions with a track record of innovation. We will provide a brief recap of our “Together At Last – LTE and DMR” from the Push-to-Talk track. Finally, we will describe solutions for emergency response such as a wireless ad hoc repeater, broadband mesh...

Wednesday, March 07

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  W26
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Smart Cities require a new type of communication. With the influx of data that these cities collect, the end-users of that data must be able to access and respond to it in real-time. This requires a more effective way to analyze and transfer data to the field. It is necessary...
Speakers
Greg Albrecht EMT

Co-Founder and CTO
Orion Labs, Inc.

James M. Wolfinbarger

Retired Chief of the Colorado State Patrol; Smart Public Safety Solutions
Motorola Solutions

A comprehensive device management strategy is critical for all users to handle voice, data, text, image and video. Two-way radios and other devices are evolving, but are you investing in your device capabilities? Examine new device options – the hardware, the software, the right programming and the network to operate...
Speakers
Denis Coulon

President
APPI-Technology

Jani Lyrintzis

Vice President and General Manager
Bittium USA, Inc.

Joe Hanna

President
Directions

Michael McMenamin

CEO
Three Birches Lane Consulting

Rex Lee

Business Analyst & Mobile Data Security Consultant
RML Business Consulting, LLC

Examine how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly known as drones – are being used across various industries for everything from vertical tower inspections, to helping public safety manage incidents (or avoid them), to their use in agriculture, land management, mapping, and other areas.  Discuss the technology, backhaul, FAA rules,...
Speakers
Anna Gomez

Partner
Wiley Rein LLP

Seth Hutcherson

Director of Client Strategy and Business Development
Skyward (A Verizon Company)

Tom Brinkoetter

Consultant
Anritsu Company

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  W24
  • Wednesday, March 07, 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

Program Manager, DHS Science &Technology Directorate, Office for Interoperability & Compatibility
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  W22
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Looking for alternative means to fund your agency’s NG911 or FirstNet deployment? Learn more about the current grant landscape for state and local government entities, including public safety-related grants from a variety of federal agencies – focusing not only their deadlines, but also recent priorities, award amounts, and examples of...
Speaker
Ashley Schultz

Grants Development Consultant
Grants Office, LLC

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...
Speakers
Earl Lum

President
EJL Wireless Research

John Dundas

Director DundasTech Ltd
DundasTech Limited

Robert Sisley

COML/COMT
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

Trey Browder

Regional Sales Manager
Advanced RF Technologies Inc (ADRF)

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  W29
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
IoT devices and products are evolving to interface at very high speeds to the Internet. Billions of these devices will be connected by high speed fiber and wireless technologies. This session explores the interface connection of IEEE 802.11 (WiGig) emerging IoT products and devices to a Fiber Within The Home (FWTH)...
Speaker
JB Groves FOI

Instructor of Computer Science
Wharton County Junior College

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  W21
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Once the new national public safety broadband network’s buildout is complete how will mission-critical grade devices and apps use that coverage enhance the capabilities of first responders? For the envisioned first responder broadband network to achieve its aim of attracting developers to the new first responder app ecosystem, developers will...
Speakers
Brian Scarpelli

Senior Global Policy Counsel
ACT | The App Association

Chris Eyhorn

Co-Founder and CEO
DroneSense

Mark Golaszewski

Director of Applications
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Scott Agnew

AT&T Assistant Vice President, FirstNet Solutions
FirstNet Built with AT&T

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  W23
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Frequently, we hear that networks are "closed" and therefore safe, from a cybersecurity perspective. Unfortunately, this approach leads to the creation of trusted networks which are only as strong as their weakest links. As cyberthreats are evolving from eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attack to DDoS advanced persistent threat (APT), malware/ransomware, network...
Speakers
Aaron Riley

Malware Research Analyst
Cofense inc.

Bill Butler

Chair, Cyber & Information Security and Director, Critical Infrastructures & Cyber Protection Ctr
Capitol Technology University

Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager
Nokia

Timothy Lorello

President & CEO
SecuLore Solutions


Wednesday, March 07

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Availability of video imagery is increasing exponentially. Public video programs, use by private organizations and even video captured by individuals with mobile devices like tablets and smartphones all contribute to an avalanche of data for law enforcement organizations to access. While this mass of data may contain critical nuggets of...
Speakers
Cuong Luu

Program Manager, Science & Technology Directorate
US Department of Homeland Security

Donald Zoufal

Safety and Security Industry Executive
CrowZnest Consulting , Inc.

John Contestabile

Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness &Response Systems
Johns Hopkins, Applied Physics Lab

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  W31
  • Wednesday, March 07, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
What happens if your current system is supported by another carrier? How do you fit in if the state has opted into FirstNet, but your municipality uses either a legacy system or another LTE network? You likely can’t replace your system, so how do they overlap, how do they interact? ...
Speakers
Arshdeep Sawhney

Senior Manager, Product Management, Global Products and Solutions
Verizon

Ayrielle LeGrande

Business Analyst
The Digital Decision, LLC

David Buchanan

Director of Consultation
FirstNet

Joe Boucher

Chief Technology Officer
Mutualink

Patrick Mallon

Assistant Director
Cal OES Governor's Office of Emergency Services

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  W33
  • 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...
Speakers
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
LA-RICS

Shing H. Lin

CTO, Public Safety Technology Services
Harris County

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  W34
  • Wednesday, March 07, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
P25 system security and encryption has become increasingly important to protect mission-critical communications from unauthorized listeners. Explore P25 security standards updates, enhanced sharing between Key management facilities and devices and a future new P25 Link Layer Encryption standard. P25 authentication and AES encryption applications will be detailed. Proper planning and...
Speakers
James Downes

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

Jeremy Elder

Systems Product Line Manager
Harris Corporation

Jim Holthaus

Vice President - Chief Technology Office
BK Technologies

Richard (Alan) Massie

Electronics Engineer
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Stephen Nichols

Director
Project 25 Technology Interest Group

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...
Speakers
Brad Berwald

Product Manager
Morningstar Corp

Mark Dettmer

President & Founder
Mission Critical Energy Inc.

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  W36
  • Wednesday, March 07, 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...
Speakers
Alan Tilles

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

Kyle Connor

Global Transportation Business Development Manager
Cisco Systems

Tre Zimmerman

Co-Founder and CTO
Ubicquia

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  W32
  • Wednesday, March 07, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is commonly referred to when talking about IP-based telephony and voice transmission. SIP is used for 911 voice traffic, standard telephony, and radio traffic. Understand SIP telephony, SIP signalling and related protocols used in IP telephony. The goal of this session is to provide an introduction...
Speaker
Joe Blaschka Jr, PE

Principal
ADCOMM Engineering Company

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  W39
  • Wednesday, March 07, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
More data, more users, more interference and more piece in the puzzle! The role of radio boosters is increasing through the radio bands, along with Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells.  All can be considered radio boosters, and all contribute to the overall level of RF we live with. Cellular...
Speakers
Merle Taylor CETsr

GCT1 General Communications Technician Training, Level 1
Wilson Electronics

Todd Fariss PE

Director of Product Development, WilsonPro
Wilson Electronics

With the recent announcements by AT&T and Verizon, QPP, i.e. QoS, Priority and Preemption, is a term being used more frequently, particularly when discussing the need for critical users to have prioritized access to LTE network resources. Put QPP into context, explaining why it matters and the tools and services...
Speakers
Bujji Vempati

VP Advanced Technology
Kodiak: A Motorola Solutions Company

Harlin McEwen

Former FirstNet PSAC Chair
Public Safety Communications Consultant

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Nickie Petratos

President
SpheraTek Inc.


Wednesday, March 07

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   Level 2 Terrace
  • Session Number:  NR
  • Wednesday, March 07, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 08

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

  • Room:   IWCE Theater
  • Session Number:  GS
  • Thursday, March 08, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
As the wireless landscape is changing on both the LMR and cellular sides, the conversation needs to change.  Commercial networks are not what they used to be, and the role for private networks is changing.  Get an overview of many of the key concepts to modern wireless networks as we...
Speakers
Don Wingo

Senior Product Manager
JVCKENWOOD USA Corp.

Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

Justin Blair

Director, Wireless Business Products
Verizon Wireless

Rishi Bhaskar

Vice President – Energy & Public Sector Markets
Ericsson

Tre Zimmerman

Co-Founder and CTO
Ubicquia


Thursday, March 08

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   N329
  • Session Number:  CET
  • Thursday, March 08, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $410 Certification:  ETA International Associate Certified Electronics Technician ( CETa ) Certification Test:  included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. The Associate certification is designed for technicians who have less than two years experience or trade school training for electronics...
Speaker
Christopher Miller CETsr

Professor
Heartland Community College

  • Room:   N322
  • Session Number:  R56
  • Thursday, March 08, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $1,299 (through 11/8); $1,399 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Communications Site Installer (R56) Certification Test: Included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.   STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.   The Motorola Site Installation Practices (R56) Workshop course is designed to present the...
Speaker
Michael Barton CETsr

Senior Engineer, Motorola R56 Audit Team
Commdex Consulting

  • Room:   N330A
  • Session Number:  ITS
  • Thursday, March 08, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Information Technology Security (ITS) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.     The workshop will prepare attendees to challenge the new ITS certification exam...
Speaker
Chuck Brooks

Managing Director/VP
eITPrep Educational Technologies Group

  • Room:   N330C
  • Session Number:  PVI1
  • Thursday, March 08, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $999 (through 11/8); $1049 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA Photovoltaic Installer, Level 1 (PVI1) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday   Want to learn how to install solar?  Maybe you even want to become certified to work in...
Speaker
Jay Warmke, PVI1, SWI1

Owner
Blue Rock Station

  • Room:   N330B
  • Session Number:  RFIM
  • Thursday, March 08, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA International Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation (RFIM) Certification Test:  included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday and Thursday. This course is for anyone who is involved with interference hunting in radio services. It will provide theoretical and...
Speaker
Donald Huston

Executive Account Manager
TX RX Systems


Thursday, March 08

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

  • Room:   IWCE Theater
  • Session Number:  YPA
  • Thursday, March 08, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Thursday, March 08

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Strategic planning is critical in an environment where technology is advancing at a rapid pace – especially when it comes to interoperable emergency communications.  All levels of government need to ensure current systems are reliable, while planning for the use of new technologies.  The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of...
Speakers
Eric Runnels

Deputy for the Policy and Planning Branch, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Joe Galvin

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

Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Consultant
M3 Technical Services

Nikki Cassingham

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

Pam Montanari

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

Ron Hewitt

Director, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security


Thursday, March 08

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The emergence of LTE into business and mission-critical communications has enabled countless new applications. A number of early adopters have chosen hybrid LTE/LMR critical communications applications.  In addition, explore the world of data applications that can make a big difference. From push-to-talk apps to physiological monitoring to, location information, and...
Speakers
Bill Moore

CEO
Zello

Gabriel Brown

Product Manager
Avtec

Kofi Appiah

Senior Manager, Product Management
Harris Corporation

Morné Stramrood

Technology Director Tait Americas
Tait Communications

Robin Grier

President
Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc.

TJ Kennedy

Founder
The Public Safety Network

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  TH03
  • 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...
Speakers
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

RF/Technical Services Coordinator
Texas Department of Public Safety

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...
Speakers
David Schramm

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

Neil Jamieson

Managing Director
Wireless Innovation

Peter Clemons


Quixoticity

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  TH09
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Measurements of RF transmission line upon to arrival at the job site and during installation can support improvements in construction practices, resulting in lower site cost and improved base station performance.  The presentation will talk about how to make measurements of RF transmission line as spools upon arrival at a...
Speaker
Tom Brinkoetter

Consultant
Anritsu Company

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  TH02
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Communications technology is advancing faster than adoption by Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals. Innovations such a wireless broadband, NG911, FirstNet, telemedicine, and ever evolving mobile devices, sensors, imaging and data management offer promises of “better, faster and cost savings.” In public safety and especially in EMS this equates to lives...
Speakers
Alfred Klein

Alberta Health Services EMS Director Southern Communication Centre
Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services

Curt Bashford

President & CEO
GD (General Devices)

Jim Holthaus

Vice President - Chief Technology Office
BK Technologies

Kevin McGinnis MPS, EMT-P

Communications Technology Advisor
National Association of State EMS Officials

Ray Lehr

Senior SME
Lafayette Group

The transition to digital radio in the land mobile market has been fraught with fits and starts, misinformation and downright confusion.  This session will help make the right protocol decision by separating fact from fiction.  All sides state that their digital offering is better than the other, which is especially...
Speaker
Don Wingo

Senior Product Manager
JVCKENWOOD USA Corp.

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...
Speakers
Dereck Orr

Division Chief, NIST, CTL
PSCR

Jeff Kunst

Vice President, Product Development
TRX Systems

Joe Hernandez

CEO
BuildingDNA

Kenneth Rehbehn

Principal Analyst
Critical Communications Insights

Wayne Wong

Product Manager
Anritsu

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  TH04
  • Thursday, March 08, 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

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  TH01
  • Thursday, March 08, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
New network services management platform can now provide cross-layer network management across IP/MPLS network, all run through software. Following on the overview provided in the General Session, review what all this new technology means for FirstNet, including software-defined networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), white boxes, virtual RAN and more.
Speakers
Donny Jackson

Editor
IWCE's Urgent Communications

Gary Spedaliere

Vice President, Technology and Market Development
Dali Wireless

Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager
Nokia

Rupesh Chokshi

AVP Product Marketing
FirstNet Built with AT&T


Thursday, March 08

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

How often do you have a chance to change the future? Or to write the rules of your own future? The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s First Responders Group (FRG) seeks to equip the first responder of the future with cutting-edge tools and technologies that make...
Speakers
Gerry Doucette

Policing Portfolio Manager
Centre for Security Science, Defence Research and Development Canada

John Merrill

Director, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Stephen Devine

Lead Manager
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Vincent Sritapan

Mobile Security R&D Program Manager / Cyber Security Division - Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
US Department of Homeland Security


Thursday, March 08

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

While most agree that broadband push-to-talk (PTT) is an appropriate and relevant alternative to land mobile radio (LMR) in some situations, its adoption has varied greatly within and across industries. Many companies are unclear on which users to arm with broadband PTT, the timing of these moves, and whether these...
Speakers
Ana Ossa

Associate Director Product Management, Verizon Wireless Business Products
Verizon

Brent Kohman

Broadband PTT Strategy & Go to Market
Motorola Solutions

Robert Escalle

Vice President – Public Safety & Defense Market Segments
Sonim Technologies, Inc.

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  TH11
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
As public safety communications migrates from the LMR world of the past 50 years top our FirstNet/LTE future, the changes are more than just technical and operational. We also need to adjust our financial planning and budgeting. Explore the business models and economics of migrating from LMR to LTE networks,...
Speakers
David Van Workum

Application Development Engineer
Keysight Technologies

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Sanjay Kulkarni

VP of Product Development
Kodiak: A Motorola Solutions Company

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...
Speaker
Steven Kropper

VP of Business Development
Parallel Wireless

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  TH13
  • 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...
Speakers
Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and 5G-Courses.com

Jay Paull

General Manager
pdvWireless

Kevin C Malloy

Director, Business Development
pdvWireless

PETE TSERONIS

CEO
Dots and Bridges LLC

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  TH14
  • Thursday, March 08, 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

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  TH19
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
A lot has been said about the use of microwave in general vs. fiber cables for large data backhaul. Each, has their place and this seminar (presentation) will focus on the use of microwave radio, and the differences between conventional microwave as we know it and higher frequency millimeter microwave. ...
Speaker
Tom Dover

President
Dover Telecommunication Services, Inc.

Augmented reality as a technology is no longer science fiction.  Examine a number of direct, practical applications of augmented reality technology to the fields of wireless communications, public utilities, and public safety. The benefits and drawbacks will be addressed, as will recommended approaches adopting and integrating the technology inside of...
Speakers
Dereck Orr

Division Chief, NIST, CTL
PSCR

Jason Landers

Founder & CEO
Landrian Networks, Inc.

Roger Skidmore

CEO
EDX Technologies, Inc.

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...
Speakers
Benjamin Afton, CSP, CHST

ESH&S Manager - Telecom Division
Black & Veatch Corporation

Duane MacEntee

Executive Director
National Wireless Safety Association

Miranda Allen

CEO
Radiofrequency Safety International (RSI)

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director
NATE

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  TH12
  • Thursday, March 08, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Cybersecurity often has a chilling effect on public safety agencies that are considering the deployment of NG9-1-1 systems. Because NG911 is an all-IP network, many believe this makes these systems more vulnerable to cyber attack. However, evidence is beginning to show that NG911 networks will be more cyber-secure than current...
Speaker
Timothy Lorello

President & CEO
SecuLore Solutions


Thursday, March 08

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Today’s resellers live in a challenging world. To remain competitive and to differentiate themselves from their competitor’s resellers must always be seeking that extra edge to help them gain a competitive advantage and to meet their customer’s needs. Being innovative by offering new approaches and solutions to meet these historical...
Speakers
Andy Maxymillian

Principal Consultant
Blue Wing Services

David MacDonald

President/Owner
Radio One

Gary Lorenz

Indirect Channel Manager
Leonardo


Thursday, March 08

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  TH26
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Today, we take connectivity for granted, everywhere we go, our phones, tablets and other devices have the ability to connect to the internet. Imagine having a large remote business office that never stayed in the same place for more than two weeks at a time. Now imagine these offices located...
Speakers
David Whitten

Lead Innovation Project Manager
Pioneer Natural Resources

Scott Crist

CEO
Infrastructure Networks

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  TH23
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
In today’s environment, threats come at you from all angles that can block you from communicating in serious situations.  Jamming and interference (intentional or not) can block you from communicating at all.  A hacker can intercept your communications and stop it from reaching its destination, or they can let it...
Speaker
Jay English

CTO
APCO international

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...
Speakers
Dino Giordano

Vice President, Product
Microlab (A Wireless Telecom Group Company)

Emil Olbrich

President and Trainer
Primelime Consulting and 5G-Courses.com

Luke Getto

Director of Product Management
Microlab (A Wireless Telecom Group Company)

Meloni Boatswain

Strategic Director for State and Local Government
IntelliSpring Technologies

Randy Jenkins

Director of Business Development
Aviat Networks

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  TH29
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Explore how network connectivity as we know it is evolving through LiFi (Light Fidelity) technology and products. The current spectrum has to accommodate more and more users. The sheer number of connected devices are forecasted increase to 20 billion IoT devices by the year 2020. Future network growth is reliant...
Speaker
JB Groves FOI

Instructor of Computer Science
Wharton County Junior College

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  TH24
  • Thursday, March 08, 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

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  TH21
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
What policies and measurement tools are available to ensure that you get the coverage and performance expected from FirstNet or commercial carriers? Everyone talks about optimizing system performance, but how do you really measure it? From sensors to user experience, discover ways to derive greater intelligence from network management data...
Speakers
Ayrielle LeGrande

Business Analyst
The Digital Decision, LLC

Eric Sinclair

Senior Manager, Business Development
Spirent Communications

Joe Ross

Senior Partner
Televate, LLC

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.

Steve Fallin

Senior Product Manager
NetMotion Software

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  TH22
  • Thursday, March 08, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Robots are now capable of operating as airborne, land and water based vehicles to improve public safety response. Review the current state of technology with public safety and military robots while examining the role of artificial intelligence and voice control technology. These devices may also function as a communications hub...
Speakers
Anna Gomez

Partner
Wiley Rein LLP

Barry Luke

Deputy Executive Director
NPSTC

Bill Schrier

Senior Advisor
FirstNet

Push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) services provide an opportunity to let any user have a push-to-talk conversation with others using a cellular device. But there are drawbacks versus traditional LMR, such as most PoC solutions being proprietary to that network or app, and of course, the coverage limitations of a cellular network. However,...
Speakers
Daniel Buckley

Principal Systems Engineer
Orion Labs, Inc

Douglas Carroll


Verizon

Josh Lober

President/CEO
ESChat

Michael Newburn

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

Ranjit Pradhan

Solutions Architect
Motorola Solutions

Robert LeGrande, II

Founder and CEO
The Digital Decision, LLC

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...
Speakers
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
Everbridge

Joe Hanna

President
Directions

Red Grasso

FirstNet SPOC
North Carolina Dept of Information Technology


Thursday, March 08

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,...
Speakers
Curtis White

Senior Engineer
US Navy, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - Atlantic

Edmond Vea

Director of Interoperability
Rivada Networks

Gary Monetti

Founder and Managing Director
Monetti & Associates

Kelly Hill

Editor
RCR Wireless

Mohan Tammisetti

CTO & Founder
Virtualnetcom

Victor Garmong

President
Pepro, LLC

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  TH31
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Take a glimpse into a crystal ball, at public safety technology and operations in the Year 2030 and how the FirstNet public safety broadband network has evolved. Using industry trends and technology roadmaps from leading research institutions, see examples of what a future emergency response may look like for law...
Speakers
Barry Luke

Deputy Executive Director
NPSTC

Bill Schrier

Senior Advisor
FirstNet

Dereck Orr

Division Chief, NIST, CTL
PSCR

Fred Scalera

Director Public Safety Strategies
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Jason Karp

Principal
The Public Safety Network

Ross Venhuizen

Software Strategy & Operations Consultant
Motorola Solutions

  • Room:   N220D
  • Session Number:  TH33
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Discuss lessons learned from both large and small data breaches (e.g., Target, small web design company) and the takeaways from them, i.e., the significant change to the legal landscape that continues to occur in the data security/data breach arena which means that no companies are immune from liability. Examine the...
Speakers
Curtis Levinson

CISO
MetTel, Inc.

Jerry Hutcheson

Owner
Cybercreed Consulting

John Deveney

President
DEVENEY

Kathy Winger

Attorney at Law
Law Offices of Kathy Delaney Winger

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  TH32
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
The adoption and utilization of broadband services in public safety continues to increase as public safety agencies look for effective ways to keep first responders connected through critical communications systems. Different users and use cases require different devices and business models to get the right information to the right individuals...
Speakers
Alex Popof

CEO
Visual Labs

Cory Hohs


HAAS Alert

Dan Law

Chief Data Scientist
Motorola Solutions

John Facella P.E., C.Eng.

Principal
Panther Pines Consulting, LLC

Ryan Seick

Global Business Development Manager
Harris Corporation

LTE was initially created for data, but as more smartphones used the technology and FirstNet identified LTE as its network of choice, voice has become more and more important. Mission-critical-push-to-talk (MCPTT) is a Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) standard developed by 3GPP (the global body that oversees LTE/5G standards) that is...
Speakers
Andrew Seybold

CEO & Principal Consultant
Andrew Seybold, Inc.

Harald Ludwig

TCCA Technical Forum Chair
TCCA

Igor Glubochansky

AVP – Mobility Product Management
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Kris Patel

Vice President, Unified Communications
Motorola Solutions

Michelle Johnson

Director, LTE Advocacy and Business Development, Communications Systems
Harris Corporation

Robert Escalle

Vice President – Public Safety & Defense Market Segments
Sonim Technologies, Inc.

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...
Speakers
Craig Chenicek

Managed Services Offer Development Manager
Motorola Solutions

Joseph Rey

Managing Partner
LocusUSA

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  TH36
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Safe and efficient public transit operations require the use of highly dependable radio networks for a variety of voice and data requirements. And when autonomous vehicles and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications are added into the equation, even more network resources and processing power become involved. Hear about new technologies...
Speakers
Bruce Simms

CEO
VA Regional Transit

Jose Martin

CEO
PowerTrunk, Inc.

Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Consultant
M3 Technical Services

Philip Bockrath

Vice President of Wireless Technology
Clever Devices

Rishi Bharadwaj

SVP and General Manager, PCTEL Connected Solutions
PCTEL

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  TH39
  • Thursday, March 08, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
When we think of 5G we think of advances in speeds and applications for the UE, virtual reality, smart meters, and self-driving cars. But what about the design and construction of infrastructure? Advances in technology not only benefit the end user, but also those who work inside the industry. New...
Speaker
Patrick McNerney

COO
3D Design & Engineering

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  TH34
  • Thursday, March 08, 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
Dan Keller

Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
Cisco Systems, Inc.

John Foley

General Manager
Safer Buildings Coalition

Reinhard Ekl

VP of Product & Public Safety
RapidSOS

Roman Kaluta

Director
JPS Interoperability Solutions, Inc.

Tom Sawanobori

Senior Vice President and CTO
CTIA


Thursday, March 08

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Room:   Fogo de Chao, 8282 International Drive, Orlando
  • Session Number:  ETAB
  • Thursday, March 08, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join ETA at the Annual Awards Banquet to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals to their industry.  For more information, contact Michele Lawson at mlawson@eta-i.org.  KEYNOTE: "Changing Character of Future Warfare (CFW)" By Michael Macedonia, Ph.D., AVP Research and Innovation, University of Central Florida
Speaker
Michael Macedonia

Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation
University of Central Florida


Friday, March 09

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  F02
  • Friday, March 09, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Examine the different options a PSAP has in implementing Text to 911, including the importance of the FCC registration, operational considerations, cost considerations and how best to deploy text to 911 in your jurisdiction. Get sample policies and public education materials that will make great resource documents for your agency,...
  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  F09
  • Friday, March 09, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Take an in-depth look at how Fire and Search & Rescue Personnel can incorporate UAV into their workflow. Examine successful implementations of UAV use for government infrastructure and public safety, such as finding lost hikers, locating a lost senior citizen or tracking a fugitive. Get an overview of cost and...
Speaker
Douglas Spotted Eagle

Founder & Primary Instructor
Sundance Media Group, LLC

  • Room:   N220C
  • Session Number:  F05
  • Friday, March 09, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Ongoing risk assessments and business workflow assessments consistently point to employees as the biggest cyber risk in any organization and a key component of cybersecurity preparation. Discuss how cybercriminals are targeting company employees as the entry point from which to launch cyberattacks, and the measures that companies can take to...
Speakers
Aaron Riley

Malware Research Analyst
Cofense inc.

Curtis Levinson

CISO
MetTel, Inc.

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  F04
  • Friday, March 09, 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

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  F01
  • Friday, March 09, 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Now that your state has opted-in to the FirstNet build-out, your agency should consider whether to take service from FirstNet, or a competitive carrier. Agencies are free to enter into individual deals with FirstNet, which could include discounts for infrastructure access. During this session, you will learn about negotiation possibilities,...
Speakers
Alan Tilles

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

Guerdy Charles

Regional Director, FirstNet Program
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Rosa Akhtarkhavari

CIO
City of Orlando

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...
Speaker
Fernando Sommariva

Director of Engineering
Fiplex Communications, Inc.

New technology combines rugged, low power, remote communication platforms with computer capacity that is designed to run third party applications. The Industrial IoT expands possibilities as companies look for communication platforms that can perform Sensor-to-Server (S2S) functions that streamline operational and cost efficiencies. Big Data is ubiquitous in our society,...
Speakers
Mohan Tammisetti

CTO & Founder
Virtualnetcom

Renee Garcia

Product Line Manager
FreeWave Technologies

Despite industry discussion of improving firefighter communications over the past few years, has anything actually changed?   FirstNet will take some time to roll out, so most jurisdictions will remain using traditional LMR systems for some time.  What advances have been made on existing LMR technology, and what advances are planned...
Speakers
Chris Baker PE

Battalion Chief (ret.)
Roseville CA Fire Department

John Facella P.E., C.Eng.

Principal
Panther Pines Consulting, LLC

Mark Krizik

Sales Specialist
Motorola Solutions

Mike Worrell

Senior Fire Services Advisor
FirstNet

Rebecca Norwood

former Volunteer firefighter and EMT
Harris Corporation

Robert Lopez PE

Principal
RLA Communications Engineering LLC

Stephen Verbil

Emergency Telecomm. Manager
Connecticut DESPP/DSET


Friday, March 09

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   N330A
  • Session Number:  ITS
  • Friday, March 09, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $899 (through 11/8); $949 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: Information Technology Security (ITS) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop. This is a multi-day course that takes place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. STUDENTS MUST BRING A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO THE CLASS.     The workshop will prepare attendees to challenge the new ITS certification exam...
Speaker
Chuck Brooks

Managing Director/VP
eITPrep Educational Technologies Group

  • Room:   N330C
  • Session Number:  PVI1
  • Friday, March 09, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Course Cost: $999 (through 11/8); $1049 (11/9 – 3/9) Certification: ETA Photovoltaic Installer, Level 1 (PVI1) Certification Test: included in the price of the workshop This is a multi-day course that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday   Want to learn how to install solar?  Maybe you even want to become certified to work in...
Speaker
Jay Warmke, PVI1, SWI1

Owner
Blue Rock Station


Friday, March 09

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  F11
  • Friday, March 09, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Now that all 50 states have opted in, the hard work really begins. Budgets, technology, network service provider, migrating legacy systems, integrating with NG911, rural considerations, cybersecurity, access control. And where do utilities, transportation and smart communities fit in? It’s all so overwhelming but extremely important from both operational and...
Speakers
David Buchanan

Director of Consultation
FirstNet

Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Consultant
M3 Technical Services

Mike Barney

Director of Public Safety Programs
Cubic Mission Solutions

Rosa Akhtarkhavari

CIO
City of Orlando

Timothy Roufa

Major
Florida Highway Patrol

Communication and situational awareness can be a significant problem to workers in high noise environments, especially when it comes to workers hearing protection and all-around general safety. Poor communication, insufficient hearing protection or loss of situational awareness due to hearing protection can create hazards in the workplace and have a...
Speaker
Jim Kruckow


Sensear

What’s the right combination of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) and land mobile radio (LMR) communications that maximizes operational and cost benefits? Hear from these organizations that successfully found the right combination of LMR and broadband PTT to extend coverage, expand users, and enhance the overall communication experience. Get an opportunity to...
Speakers
Mariano Aguirre

Business Development
Motorola Solutions

Stephen Devine

Lead Manager
FirstNet Built with AT&T

Steve Dyson

RF/Technical Services Coordinator
Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Room:   N321
  • Session Number:  F19
  • Friday, March 09, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Review of the most important aspects of microwave antenna installation and alignment. All aspects of microwave antennas are covered including selecting, installing, aligning, optimizing and troubleshooting microwave antennas and antenna systems.
Speaker
Andy Singer

President
Singer Executive Development

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  F12
  • Friday, March 09, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Well-defined open technical standards have been a great boon to the technical advancements of our culture, without which no significant new technology has been adopted. For public safety, the decision between open standards and propriety solution may be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hear about the standards that are affecting...
Speakers
Bill Fredrickson

LMR Systems
Leonardo

Paul May

Senior Product Manager
Harris Corporation

Randy Richmond

Standards & Regulatory Specialist
Zetron, Inc.

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  F14
  • Friday, March 09, 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,...
Cloud services are one answer to digital storage solutions, and now blockchain is another.  Understand the pros and cons of each, the security concerns, access management, functionality and analytics.
Speakers
Debbie Hoffman Esq.

Co-Founder and CEO
Symmetry Blockchain Advisors Inc.

Lawrence Harte

Managing Director
IPTV Magazine

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...
Speakers
Chris Godwin

Senior Wireless Technologist
RF Solutions LLC

John Facella P.E., C.Eng.

Principal
Panther Pines Consulting, LLC

Kevin Persing

Western Regional Manager
Cobham Wireless

Rick Good

Market Segment Leader - Coverage Enhancement Products
Bird Technologies

Robert Lopez PE

Principal
RLA Communications Engineering LLC

Stephen Verbil

Emergency Telecomm. Manager
Connecticut DESPP/DSET


Friday, March 09

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Room:   N220G
  • Session Number:  F26
  • Friday, March 09, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked havoc on the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico and US Virginia Islands in late 2017. This panel of DHS Office of Emergency Communications subject matter experts who deployed both within the CONUS and to the Caribbean Islands will discuss the issues of destroyed public...
Speakers
Pam Montanari

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

Ron Hewitt

Director, Office of Emergency Communications
US Department of Homeland Security

Wes Rogers

Communications Specialist
US Department of Homeland Security

  • Room:   N220E
  • Session Number:  F24
  • Friday, March 09, 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

  • Room:   N220AB
  • Session Number:  F21
  • Friday, March 09, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Now that you’ve talked about public safety and automated systems, examine where FirstNet fits into the Smart City paradigm. Will it assist the deployment of connected technologies throughout a community? Will it become the backbone of a smart community? Or will it simply be one of several pieces?  Hear from...
Speakers
Bill Schrier

Senior Advisor
FirstNet

Matt Walsh

Director, Business Development Internet of Things Solutions
FirstNet Built with AT&T

  • Room:   N220C
  • Session Number:  F25
  • Friday, March 09, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Current attack vectors indicate that nefarious attacks are increasingly targeting critical infrastructure across ICS, SCADA, IIoT, and even P25 communications. Most organizations lack a defense-in-depth strategy to address the evolving wireless threat landscape of Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, P25, and more. These attacks occur from the Internet, the neighboring airspace,...
Speaker
Michael Raggo

Chief Security Officer
802 Secure, Inc.

In this roundup, Lawrence Harte will be canvassing the exhibit floor on Wednesday and Thursday and bringing it back to share the exciting, cutting edge topics, products and trends with you!
Speaker
Lawrence Harte

Managing Director
IPTV Magazine

Hear how well the various communications systems operated and interoperated during the fires in California, as well as examine issues pertaining to communications with so many large scale fires in a relatively small geographic area. Explore the changing role of the Communications Unit as it moves from the Logistics Section...
Speakers
Dan Wills

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

Don Stabler

Battalion Chief
Cordelia Fire District (retired)

Kody Kerwin

Public Safety Communications Specialist
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

  • Room:   N220F
  • Session Number:  F22
  • Friday, March 09, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
First responders often operate indoors where GPS does not reach and indoor maps are difficult to access and maintain. PSAPs and the general public have been promised major improvements for decades, particular for more accurate location information and location-based call routing, Citizens are used to smartphones and expect more and...
Speakers
Carol Politi

CEO
TRX Systems

Kenneth Rehbehn

Principal Analyst
Critical Communications Insights

Ray Wendell ENP

Senior Product Manager
Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Reinhard Ekl

VP of Product & Public Safety
RapidSOS