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Connecting Critical Communications

For over 40 years the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) has been North America's premier critical communications event. It is the one place where critical communication technology professionals gather to evaluate, learn and network with industry leaders.

It features a five-day conference program and an 80,000 square foot exhibit hall filled with nearly 400 exhibitors. 6,500+ industry professionals from around the world attend from government, public safety, utilities, transportation, enterprise, professional services and the dealer community.

Our mission is to connect the Critical Communications ecosystem through education, networking and insights to help professionals leverage emerging technologies to create a safer, more efficient and more interconnected world.

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2020 Keynote

Speaker 2020

Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson


Western Fire Chiefs Association

Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association has been announced as the first keynote for IWCE 2020! Chief Johnson will present the keynote address on Wednesday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Chief Johnson brings to IWCE an extensive public safety background, with broad experience at the local, national and international level. He is currently the CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and has served on the Board of Directors and as the Vice Chairman of FirstNet for 6 years after having been a key figure in passing the legislation to create the network. He retired from the fire service after 32 years and also served as President of the IAFC.

"I'm honored to present the Keynote Address at IWCE. I'm excited to discuss the innovations that are actually changing street performance for responders and to share how each of us can help realize our full potential during this remarkable moment in time." -Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson

IWCE Wrap Up Report

Catch Up On The Latest Trends In The Critical Communications Industry!

The critical communications world continues to expand--in terms of both technologies and the sectors served. 

In 2019, IWCE returned to Las Vegas where Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson and his content team scoured the event to find the latest and most impressive gear and functionality. The evolution of critical communications has accelerated; however, some things haven’t changed. For example, voice remains the most important communications medium in difficult circumstances, and LMR continues to be the technology that is used most by first responders to deliver voice during times of crisis.

But much more has changed. Voice is not the only means to communicate during critical moments. Text, photos, video and data (especially location information) via IP-based broadband technologies increasingly have become key components of the communications package that officials use to inform consequential decisions.

Catch up on everything in this 2019 IWCE post-show eZine which includes articles, videos and more.

Click the image to the right and fill out the form to get access to our eZine!


Attendee Brochure

Download the 2019 Attendee Brochure for an overview and highlights of last years show. The brochure contains:

  • Schedule At-A-Glance
  • Special Events
  • IWCE Conference Program Details
  • And Much More!

…and stay tuned for our 2020 Attendee Brochure set to be released Winter 2019!

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