December 2013 Program

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

7:00 a.m. Registration Opens
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: Boston’s Plans for Implementing New Dispatch and Emergency Response Technologies
Roderick Fraser, Boston Fire Commissioner 
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. Text-to-9-1-1: Know Your Options
John Snapp, VP/Senior Technical Officer, Intrado
With the agreement of the four major wireless carriers to provide text-to-9-1-1 service and others coming on board, PSAPs now have options and decisions to make as to how to deploy text-to-9-1-1 in their centers, including:

  • CPE/Telephone System Integration
  • Web Browser
  • TTY

Join John Snapp, senior technical officer, Intrado, for an insightful and thought-provoking discussion about the various options, the technical and operational implications of each, and the implications for both legacy and NG 9-1-1 deployments.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon Cybersecurity
John Facella, P.E., C. Eng., RCC Consultants;
Additional speakers to be announced
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. – 2:00 p.m. Critical Communications and EMS Management of the Boston Marathon Bombing
Joseph L. O'Hare, Deputy Superintendent, Commander/Dispatch Operations, Boston Emergency Medical Services
Boston public safety officials will relate their experience in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing incident, covering annual planning, communications capability, training, the actual response, and lessons learned.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Role of Social Media in the Response to the Marathon Attacks 
John Daley, Deputy Superintendent, Boston Police Department
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break*
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 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.
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Safety Broadband
Andrew M. Seybold, CEO and Principal Consultant, Andrew Seybold, Inc.
Public safety broadband is the most important innovation in public safety communications in the past 30 years. It will augment land mobile voice with data and video in real time from anywhere to anywhere. This session will discuss the differences between LMR and broadband, what this new network will provide for public safety, the type of applications it will enable, and how to prepare.
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Open Discussion/Closing

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
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
Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet Board Member and Chief/CEO, North East Mobile Health Services
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. – 11:15 a.m. Mobile App Innovations
Charlie Jacobson, Eddie Zhou and Darshan Desai, FireStop
This session will feature a demo of FireStop, a new app designed to help firefighters save 90 seconds on fire ground operations.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Creating the Most Effective Apps for Public Safety
Chris Osgood and Nigel Jacob of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics; Don Denning, Public Safety Chief Information Officer, City of Boston; AppComm Team
This interactive session will feature local officials and app developers, led by APCO’s AppComm team, who will enage with the audience on public safety’s requirements for effective mobile apps.
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. The Importance of Public Safety Communications
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Tech Talks: Quick, Informative Ideas in 20-Minute Rounds
Trends in Wireless Location Accuracy Technology: A Carrier Perspective
Eric Hagerson, Sr. Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile
This presentation addresses the location technologies currently available to wireless carriers and outlines a road map that identifies future new technologies, along with their opportunities and challenges, that hold promise to improve accuracy, both indoors and outside.Bringing the Network With You: A Discussion of 4G LTE Deployable Systems
Douglas Sharp, Director, Engineering – Public and Federal Solutions, Oceus Networks
Hear about several key features and functions of macro- and micro-based deployable 4G LTE systems to extend the NPSBN and how these devices can improve first responder capability and safety. 

Social Media Analytics Research Technology for Public Safety
Gary Monetti, TASC
This “tech talk” will demonstrate how public safety can use social media to provide actionable intelligence for pattern of life trending and human behavioral analysis to aid in fighting crime and protecting the public.

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Future of Public Safety Communications: Wrap-Up
APCO Staff
*Note: During breaks attendees will visit tabletop displays.