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Monday, March 04

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Jim Nelson

Board Member
Critical Messaging Association (CMA)

Joe Hanna

President
Directions

Steve Holmes PMP

Senior Project Manager
RACOM Corporation

Wade Witmer

Deputy Director, IPAWS Division, DHS/FEMA
DHS/FEMA Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Office


Monday, March 04

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Latency is the amount of time between you hitting a button to the time the signal gets to the receiving device. Push-to-Talk looks for less than 300 milliseconds (ms) of latency. Utilities look for sub 25 ms for connected devices so that if there is a power surge, you need...
Speaker
Michael Marusich PMP, CSM

Senior Consultant
M3 Technical Services


Monday, March 04

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Increasingly AHJs are requiring the installation of BDA/DAS solutions in new buildings and some AHJs are moving to requiring installation of these devices in existing buildings interference to the LMR network is becoming commonplace. While national and local codes speak to survivability, battery backup and alarming, technical considerations with regard...
Speaker
Gregory Glenn

Sr. Director of Public Safety RF Engineering
SOLiD

International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers, better known as “stingray” technology, has been used for years by law enforcement to conduct cell-phone surveillance by mimicking a cell site. However, the technology reportedly also is being used by foreign entities to conduct unauthorized surveillance on wireless users, most notably in the...
Speaker
Curtis Levinson

CISO
MetTel, Inc.


Monday, March 04

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Advances in wireless are changing the landscape and delivery models for industries as diverse as utilities, health care, financial services, higher education, agriculture, energy, aviation, public safety, government, military, sports and entertainment. These advances have led to explosive growth in wireless data consumption. According to a report by Accenture Strategy...
Speakers
Jason Elliott

5G Market Development
Nokia

Lindsay Notwell

Senior Vice President, 5G Strategy & Global Carrier Operations
Cradlepoint

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director
NATE


Tuesday, March 05

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

In this Executive Discussion, examine the efforts needed to create a massive change across several industries, including architecture, building design and engineering, construction, fire rating and code management, electrical operation and wiring, and building ownership. All of these come together to create a truly connected building. So how do the...
Speakers
Alex Jovel

Sales Engineering, Manager
iBwave Solutions, Inc.

Chief Alan Perdue (Ret.)

Executive Director
Safer Buildings Coalition

Dennis Burns

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

John Foley

General Manager
Safer Buildings Coalition


Tuesday, March 05

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

When major incidents occur, public safety agencies usually need to gather more resources to respond effectively. For example, they need instantly more critical communications capacity to support a significantly increased number of active first responders on the ground, or immediate access to CCTV feeds to attain situation awareness. This requires...
Speaker
Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager
Nokia


Tuesday, March 05

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The safety of First Responders during a critical event is of the highest priority. Their ability to be safe, and safely perform their work, is highly dependent on high quality in their radio communication while inside buildings – both current P25/LMR systems and FirstNet LTE systems. Two standards organizations created...
Speaker
David Adams

Senior Product Manager
PCTEL


Tuesday, March 05

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In the event of a crisis, reliable communication is essential for public safety personnel and first responders. Yet surveys of fire chiefs reports that a large percentage of buildings lack coverage that eventually hampers communication. In this comprehensive session, learn ways to plan and design public safety network designs that...
Speakers
Alan Tilles

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

Kern Davis

Vice President: Business Development & Consulting Services
CTS

Mike Brownson

Director, IBW Business Development
Westell Technologies

Mike Collado

Principal Consultant
Wireless 20/20


Wednesday, March 06

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The approach to network deployment has changed dramatically – there is no longer need to put up 20,000 towers for nationwide coverage.  But wireless sites themselves have changed with HetNets, digital antenna systems (DAS) and small cells, so the number of access sites has increased dramatically. Deploying the sites is...
Speakers
Earl Lum

President
EJL Wireless Research

Randy Arnold

Mechanical Engineer
PEPRO


Wednesday, March 06

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

In-building public safety communications requirements and ordinances are being enforced around the country by AHJs. However, many system integrators might not be prepared to comply with changing code requirements and recent enforcement trends. A failure to recognize these changes could result in out of compliance installations and drive the need...
Speakers
Chris Godwin

Senior Wireless Technologist
RF Solutions LLC

Don Henry

Public Safety Program Manager
Comba Telecom

Gregory Glenn

Sr. Director of Public Safety RF Engineering
SOLiD

John Facella P.E., C.Eng.

Principal
Panther Pines Consulting, LLC

Robert Lopez PE

Principal
RLA Communications Engineering LLC


Wednesday, March 06

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

With the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), having a robust communications infrastructure to support future deployments is becoming closer to a reality. But the connectivity and latency needed for connected cars still needs to be standardized, as well as what they connect to. The American Association of State...
Speakers
Barry Einsig

Principal
CAVita

Chris Ballinger

CEO
Mobi

Tracy Larkin Thomason MBA, PE, PTOE, CPM

Deputy Director - Southern Nevada
Nevada Department of Transportation


Wednesday, March 06

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

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

Product Manager
Morningstar Corp

Mark Dettmer

President & Founder
Mission Critical Energy Inc.


Thursday, March 07

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

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...
Speakers
Guido Perez

Business Development Manager
MST Global

Steve Harrison

Vice President Engineering
Innovative Wireless Technologies


Thursday, March 07

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Network performance and reliability for wireless networks often depends on the backbone connectivity. Whether the transport utilizes microwave, fiber, satellite or other technology, backhaul is increasingly important, particularly when low latency is a focal point. In addition, review how programmability enables a backhaul network to be responsive and dynamic, helping...
Speakers
Al Naja

Sr Manager, Business Development and Sales
NEC America, Service Provider Unit

Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager
Nokia


Thursday, March 07

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Many of today’s - and certainly most of the communications system of the future - will rely on an in-building component. This includes Micro/Pico/Femto-cells, as well as Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). In addition to Band Class 14, building owners and jurisdictions we must also consider what...
Speakers
Andrew Ruschak

Wireless Technology Consultant
Stantec

Fernando Sommariva

Director of Engineering
Fiplex Communications, Inc.

Mike Collado

Principal Consultant
Wireless 20/20

Neil Horden

Chief Consultant
Federal Engineering, Inc.


Thursday, March 07

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Tower sites are evolving, especially as tier one carriers face pressure to reduce rates. Smart cities, rights of way, 5G, small cell development and the FCC are all changing the ways site and tower managers and cities do business. In addition, the changing carrier market and roll-out of small cells...
Speakers
Bob Duchen

Vice President
River Oaks Communications

Jody McCoy

Director
Strategic Tower Advisors

Tom Duchen

Co-Founder
River Oaks Communications


Friday, March 08

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Industrial IoT and data analytics are enabling us to have entirely new ways to proactively manage LMR systems. System operators and maintainers have continuous insight into LMR systems so that they can make better decisions. Applicable across industries, from public safety to industrial groups to manufacturing to oil & gas,...
Speakers
Andrew Erickson

Applications Engineer
DPS Telecom

James Craig

CTO
Rimot.io Inc.


Friday, March 08

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Occupants in middleprise buildings – from apartment housing, hospitals, parking garages and retail spaces, to warehouses and high-rise offices – have come to depend on their cellular phones to keep them connected in business or their personal lives. Many commercial real estate owners constructing middleprise buildings (25K – 500K sq...
Speaker
Joe Schmelzer

Senior Director of Products
Nextivity, Inc.

The dawn of smart city is happening, and we are in mid-morning phase now even though many of us may still be sleeping. Connected cars to connected infrastructure to connected public transportation — all to create a better end-user experience. However the underlying infrastructure is not steel, concrete, or construction...
Speaker
Ashwin Krishnan

COO and Tech Ethicist
UberKnowledge


Friday, March 08

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Threats don’t always come on your computer. Communications and electrical equipment can be easily damaged even unintentionally or by mother nature. Examine how to make sure your equipment stays safe. 
Speakers
Randy Arnold

Mechanical Engineer
PEPRO

Sarah Pink

Director of Electrical Engineering
Trachte Electric Utility Control Enclosures