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Monday, March 04

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

As a FirstNet Early Builder, Harris County Texas has been widely recognized as a leader in transforming public safety communications by driving operational adoption of mobile apps and collaborating with vendors and agencies alike across the region. This success was not by accident. It has resulted from a combination of...
Speakers
Chris Collier

Emergency Service and Response Manager
Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council

Darryl Coleman

Chief, Criminal Justice Bureau,
Harris County Sheriff's Office

J. Armando Sanchez

Manager of Compliance
Harris County Engineering Department

Mike Bell

CTO
Houston Police Department

Niki Papazoglakis

Director
Mobility Acceleration Coalition

Rodney Reed

Assistant Chief of Operational Support
Harris County Fire Marshal's Office

Terry Colburn

Hazmat Chief
Houston Fire Department


Monday, March 04

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Today’s first responders face dangerous, evolving threats, and are often equipped with proprietary technologies that restrict their ability to communicate between agencies at the incident scene. Responders need access to advanced, interoperable, plug-and-play technologies that can augment their existing capabilities. In December 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science...
Speakers
Amy Ramon

Fire Chief
Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, Houston, Texas

Colin Rizzo

Emergency Manager
Port of Houston Authority

Rodney Reed

Assistant Chief of Operational Support
Harris County Fire Marshal's Office

Sridhar Kowdley

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


Monday, March 04

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

P25 PTT and LTE Mission Critical PTT (MCPTT) networks will be interworking through a new network element, the Interworking Function (IWF) as part of the AT&T-FirstNet network design. There are many challenges that are currently being addressed within the various standards groups regarding IWF. Looking forward and beyond, interoperability offers...
Speaker
Bijan Nowroozi

System Architect
JVCKENWOOD USA Corp.


Monday, March 04

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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


Tuesday, March 05

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

For 100 years, LMR users have operated private networks where they control the access and security. But with IP-based systems for data; IoT devices, data and applications, and carrier-based LTE for voice, the game has changed considerably. Examine how different security is when using a carrier-operated network, as well as...
Speakers
Curtis Levinson

CISO
MetTel, Inc.

Dean Skidmore

Principal Consultant, Public Safety
IoT+LTE Consulting Group

Jim Collum

Manager of Systems Engineering
Leonardo

Rex Lee

Privacy & Data Security Consultant/ Technology Journalist
My Smart Privacy

Silvia Grabacki

Director, Secure Products
Motorola Solutions


Tuesday, March 05

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Widespread use of LTE networks for mission critical communications is rapidly moving from concept to reality.  As implementation accelerates, interoperability with such widely-adopted protocols as P25 and TETRA will become increasingly critical.  In our presentation we will discuss the key test requirements and metrics that should be considered by system...
Speaker
Wayne Black

CTO
Freedom Communications Technologies


Tuesday, March 05

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In a general discussion for public safety, a utility, transportation or enterprise, discuss how broadband networks have transformed 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
Bill Fredrickson

Vice President Business Development
Leonardo

Lance Johnson

Director, Strategy & Government Affairs
pdvWireless

Neal Nystrom


Cubic Mission Solutions

Ross Spearman

Chief Technology Officer
Tait Communications

Scott Neal

Communications Consultant
Mission Critical Partners, Inc.


Wednesday, March 06

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

The National Public Safety Broadband Network is now here, bringing the benefits of 4G networks to our nation’s First Responders. With this comes the evaluation of these networks to 5G capabilities. These capabilities are essential to accelerating the successful deployment and true value of a broadband network. Find out how...
Speakers
Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager
Nokia

Sheikh Hafiz

Product Engineer
Assured Wireless

Thomas Bilotta

CEO
Assured Wireless Corporation


Wednesday, March 06

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Discuss the opportunities to combine smartphones with low power, long range PTT radio devices. These systems increase the effectiveness of first responders and workers alike. Hear about a platform of 5G, Wi-Fi, IoT and P25 interconnected networks that provides solutions to current capability gaps like situational awareness and resilience. 
Speakers
Bijan Nowroozi

System Architect
JVCKENWOOD USA Corp.

Michael Monaghan

CEO
Beartooth Radio, INC


Wednesday, March 06

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

As a result of the first responder environment becoming increasingly complex and dangerous, public safety users have identified a critical need for mutual aid interoperability and the ability to operate on other P25 systems in adjacent or statewide jurisdictions. Advancements in technology have allowed users to “roam” into other systems,...
Speakers
Andy Davis

Senior Resource Manager
Motorola Solutions

Greg Jurrens

Sr. Mgr – Technical Operations, Communications Services, Public Safety Technology Services
Harris County Central Technology Services

James Downes

Supervisory Manager, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
US Department of Homeland Security

Justin Evans

Radio Systems Manager
Montgomery County Hospital District

Nick Pennance

Vice President of Engineering
Tait Communications

Scott Wright

Telecommunications Engineer
Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

Tom Burkett

Product Manager
Harris Communications


Wednesday, March 06

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

The availability of a nationwide broadband LTE network is rapidly becoming a reality. As Public Safety and other Critical Communications agencies increasingly make use of priority access to faster data rates, better coverage, and more robust facilities, the option to use LTE for PTT voice becomes compelling. But the adoption...
Speakers
Chris Kindelspire

LMR to LTE Working Group Chair
NPSTC

Denis Gusty

Branch Chief
US Department of Homeland Security

Robin Grier

President
Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc.

Sridhar Kowdley

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


Thursday, March 07

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

With the FirstNet contract executed and vendors vying for position for LTE subscribers, what’s next? Explore the next steps, at a high level, for possible transitional issues of LMR to LTE. Voice will always be the priority, but LTE offers so much to the first responder. Examine current LMR with...
Speakers
Chris Kindelspire

LMR to LTE Working Group Chair
NPSTC

John Szpak

VP Services & Solutions
JVCKenwood

Terry Burnworth

President
Pyramid Architecture/Engineering & Pyramid Consulting


Thursday, March 07

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Why is application interoperability so hard to achieve? Can we even agree on what interoperability is and what it means? Do applications have to be interworking across all systems, no matter what the device or network? Explore the challenges for interoperability and interworking, whether it’s for public safety and FirstNet...
Speakers
Dusty Rhoads

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

Niki Papazoglakis

Director
Mobility Acceleration Coalition

Rick Burke

Managing Partner
Televate


Thursday, March 07

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Project 25 has a large established base of over 2000 systems on the air today offering Mission Critical PTT communications to Public Safety and government agencies nationwide. As the new First-Net Broadband data system rolls out; many radio users and technologists question what type of Mission Critical PTT interoperability and...
Speakers
Andy Davis

Senior Resource Manager
Motorola Solutions

Cindy Cast

Radio Systems Manager
Radio Communication Services Div. Miami Dade County

Jeremy Elder

Director, Integrated Platforms
Harris Corporation

Stephen Nichols

Director
Project 25 Technology Interest Group


Thursday, March 07

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

DHS S&T and the P25 CAP Advisory Panel has made Inter-RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) and Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) testing a priority.  Unfortunately, there was no laboratory testing or other type of testing available for these critical interfaces. DHS S&T invested in the development of a Conformance test laboratory, a...
Speakers
Greg Jurrens

Sr. Mgr – Technical Operations, Communications Services, Public Safety Technology Services
Harris County Central Technology Services

Ian Carpenter

President/CEO
Valid8.com, Inc.

Russ Sveda

Center Manager, Radio Technical Service Center
U.S. Department of the Interior

Sridhar Kowdley

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