February 2014 Program

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome/Overview
Gigi Smith, APCO President
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Keynote Address
Public Safety Communication Readiness in a Broadband Age

Rear Admiral David Simpson, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief, Federal Communications Commission
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NG9-1-1 Implementation Strategies and Considerations
Jay English, Director, Comm Center 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
This session will explain what NG9-1-1 means, identify issues that PSAPs should be aware of and provide some information on how to decide what makes most sense for your comm center.
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break*
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Data as a Digital Asset
Allen Carr, VP-Product Development, Intrado
IP-based equipment and networks have the potential to support the delivery of voice, text, and multiple kinds of rich, robust data. While PSAPs are right to be concerned about how this is going to impact the already complex task of receiving and processing requests for emergency assistance, Next-Generation data can actually save valuable call-processing time and diminish workloads by allowing the PSAP to determine how, when and where that information is delivered.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon Cybersecurity
Mike Roskind, Deputy Director, National Coordinating Center for Communications, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, US Department of Homeland Security; Jay English, Director, Comm Center 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
The advent of advanced communications networks such as FirstNet and NG9-1-1 bring the promise of substantial benefits, but also present new cyber risks. Learn from experts what you can expect and how to prepare.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Public Safety Security Requirements for Mobile Apps
Jeff Bratcher, Acting Deputy CTO, FirstNet; Nelson Hastings, PSCR
Security is one of APCO’s Key Attributes of effective mobile apps for public safety and emergency response. This session will provide a read-out of the previous day’s “Public Safety Mobile Application Security Requirements Workshop” including the topics that were addressed and the resulting input on public safety mobile app security requirements.
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Public Safety Communications Research Program Update
Nelson Hastings, PSCR
The Public Safety Communications Research program in Boulder, CO, is leading the way in public safety broadband network demonstrations and public safety app development in cooperation with APCO. Hear the latest program developments.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The World is Changing – Data is Everywhere: Proactive Policing through the Real-Time Crime Center
Jason Hutchens, Solution Sales Engagement Manager – Motorola Pubic Safety (Central Region)
As technology advances, Real-Time Crime Centers are emerging as the focal point for enabling actionable real-time intelligence and information sharing. Learn how to take full advantage of your existing data and technology to drive proactive policing.
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break*
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Tech Talks, Day 1
Quick, informative 20-minute presentations on topics addressing a variety of innovative technologies in public safety communications. These talks are designed to spur thoughtful dialogue in a fun and engaging setting.

  • Future Visions: A Day in the Life of a FirstNet User
    Mark Adams, Chief Architect Secure Mobility, Northrop Grumman Information Systems
  • Trends in Wireless Location Accuracy: A Carrier Perspective
    Eric Hagerson, Sr. Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile
  • Public Private Partnerships for Public Safety Broadband – Why It Makes Sense
    Richard Mirgon, Public Safety Consultant
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Convergence of Wireless Communications in Public Safety
Andrew M. Seybold, CEO and Principal Consultant, Andrew Seybold, Inc.
5:00 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Open Discussion/Closing

Thursday, February 27, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome/Overview
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. FirstNet Update
Richard Reed, FirstNet Director of State Plans
Hear about the recent progress and future plans of FirstNet in its efforts to implement a nationwide, interoperable, public safety broadband network
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Broadband and the Future User Experience
Richard Coupland, Director, Public Safety Market Development, General Dynamics C4 Systems
An introduction to how broadband will enable the “Public Safety Internet of Things,” and a vision of the future for PSAPs.
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break*
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Use of Emerging Technologies in Emergency Management
Alan Harris, Emergency Manager, Seminole Cty, FL; Tad Stone, Director of Public Safety, Seminole Cty, FL
This session is designed to provide insight into the use of emerging technologies, including but not limited to apps and social media, in both day-to-day and large scale (Region and State wide) emergency management. The presenters are public safety and emergency management practitioners with many years of experience utilizing technical solutions to solve operational issues. Discussions will include statewide operations (hurricanes, wild land fires, floods) and local operations and present the communications challenges of both, along with some of the innovative solutions that have been used to address these challenges.The session incorporates multiple response agencies under the umbrella of unified command type scenarios and will illustrate the need for continued development of interoperable voice and data solutions, and the importance of emerging technologies in ensuring the safety of both the public and the responders who protect them.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Behind the Magic: Public Safety Technology at Reedy Creek Improvement District
Chief Robert A. Mitchell, Assistant Fire Chief for Emergency Services Operations, Emergency Manager and Command Technology Specialist for the Reedy Creek Improvement District
The unique venue of Orlando Florida, home of Walt Disney World, provides an opportunity to look “behind the scenes” as the Reedy Creek Emergency Services Department provides communications and fire-rescue services to visitors and employees alike.APCO is honored to have Assistant Chief Robert A Mitchell, CFO, FPEM, ILO, of the Reedy Creek Emergency Services department as the speaker for this session. Chief Mitchell is the Assistant Fire Chief for Operations, Emergency Manager and a Command Technology Specialist. He is responsible for multiple aspects of the overall operations, and command technologies, at the immense Walt Disney World complex. Comprised of multiple theme parks and water parks, Walt Disney World presents unique challenges to public safety. This presentation will discuss the use of multiple technologies and operations at Reedy Creek and WDW. By taking advantage of both advanced and emerging technologies combined with proven response methodologies Reedy Creek ensures proper response, and safeguards the welfare of millions of visitors annually.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Public Safety Communications in the Digital Age
The Honorable Ajit Pai, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tech Talks, Day 2
Quick, informative 20-minute presentations on topics addressing a variety of innovative technologies in public safety communications.

  • There’s an APP for That: Connecting Public Safety Radios and Smartphones
    Abhishek Kapoor, Product Manager, Harris Corporation
  • P25 – An Update on Interoperable Radio Communications and Public Safety
    Jay English, Director, Comm Center 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Creating the Most Effective Apps for Public Safety
Scott Agnew, Director of Market Development - Public Safety Solutions, AT&T and Don Denning, Public Safety CIO, City of Boston
This interactive session will feature local officials and app developers, led by APCO’s AppComm team, to enage with the audience on public safety’s requirements for effective mobile apps.
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Future of Public Safety Communications: Wrap-Up
APCO Staff
*Note: During breaks attendees will visit tabletop displays.