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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 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


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

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


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


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
EF Johnson Technologies Inc.

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


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


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

National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Emergency Communications
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


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

Barrett Communications Consultant
NVIS Communications

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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,...

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.


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

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