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Tuesday, March 05

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Maria, Florence, Michael….Sandy, Katrina, tornados, fires, floods… The US has been hit hard in recent years. The climate change debate notwithstanding, hear case studies on the disasters that illustrate survivability, resiliency and redundancy for communications networks, whether it’s from a man-made incident or from Mother Nature herself. Hear how to...
Ben Holycross

Radio Systems Manager (ret)
Polk County Emergency Management

David Lambert

Senior Manager, Field Service Operations

Greg Holcomb

Public Safety Communications Technology Manager/E911
Lake County Office of Public Safety Support

Kody Kerwin

Public Safety Communications Specialist
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Shing H. Lin

CTO, Public Safety Technology Services
Harris County

Steven Williams Sr.

Director, Florida's Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System
Harris Corporation

Tuesday, March 05

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

A different look at Disaster Recovery that will focus on ensuring secure operations and interoperability along with redundancy. In the wake of a system loss or disaster, companies must have a solid Disaster Recovery plan to continue peak operations. In today’s world, Disaster Recovery has expanded from more than just...
Johnny Goforth

Product Manager
Avtec Inc.

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...
Hansen Chan

Product Marketing Manager

Wednesday, March 06

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Dignitaries and communications professionals from Puerto Rico will outline and discuss the immediate effect of Hurricane Maria on emergency communications infrastructure. Hear how they assessed the impact and coordinated a restoration path with FEMA to restore island-wide system communications as soon as possible. Examine how they integrated disparate legacy systems...
Jeya Selvaratnam

Technology Consultant
Consultant - JVCKENWOOD

Jose Jaime Romero

Codecom, Inc.

Wednesday, March 06

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

On July 19, 2018, Marshalltown, IA took a direct hit from an EF3 tornado packing winds over 140 MPH. The storm ripped a path of destruction through the center of town, forcing the evacuation of Marshall County’s 911 Dispatch Center due to a gas leak. The community needed help from...
Mike Miller


Thursday, March 07

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Room:   N258
  • Session Number:  TH13
  • Thursday, March 07, 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
With increased capabilities of NG and 5G approaching, what do public safety leaders and industry providers need to know today to ensure seamless integration and operations in this new data-rich, cloud-based, hyper-connected era? The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is preparing for our digital future and working to ensure...
Eddie Reyes

Director of the Office of Public Safety Communications

Ron Langhelm

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

Sridhar Kowdley

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

Thursday, March 07

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Room:   N258
  • Session Number:  TH23
  • Thursday, March 07, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
In normal times, we consider cell phone coverage as ubiquitous—a given. Yet, that is not so at a disaster scene, where local terrestrial infrastructure and mobile phone networks are often overloaded, damaged or non-existent. Hear options for communications when all infrastructure, including electricity, has been wiped out. 
Ben Holycross

Radio Systems Manager (ret)
Polk County Emergency Management

Brett Railey Chief of Police (ret)

Senior Consutant
The Digital Decision

Britt Lewis

Senior Vice President, Direct Sales and Business Development
Inmarsat Government Inc.

John Rosica

NVIS Communications LLC

Ross Merlin

SHARES HF Radio Program Manager
DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Thursday, March 07

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room:   N258
  • Session Number:  TH33
  • Thursday, March 07, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
More cities are implementing sensors in specific places to provide potentially life-saving information back to public safety. This data provides a unique version of the Internet of Life-Saving Things (IoLST), which, using predictive analytics software, can be turned around and used to assess public safety needs, fire codes, building codes...
Ed Mills

Public Safety Engagement & Technology Solutions Manager/Lieutenant
Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology/Evergreen Fire Rescue

Eric Berman

Board Member
Direct Sensing and Analytics Association (DS2A)

Thursday, March 07

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Once again we are experiencing major fires and disasters within the United States and its territories. With technology enhancements comes the challenges with old technology integrating with new technology and having to learn as we go...sometimes on the fire ground or during disaster operations. Hear the stories and take a...
Chris Baker PE

US Civil Air Patrol

Don Stabler

Battalion Chief
Cordelia Fire District (retired)

Jason Matthews

Lake County Sheriff's Office (FL)

Kody Kerwin

Public Safety Communications Specialist
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Rick Smith

Fire Capt/COML
Chumash Fire Dept.