June 2013 Program

Tuesday, June 25
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Overview
Terry Hall, President, APCO International
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. NG9-1-1 Implementation Strategies and Considerations
Jay English, Director, Comm Center 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
The session will provide attendees with a high level overview of NG9-1-1 and how the functionality will differ from the current E9-1-1 capabilities of today. It will also highlight the key aspects of how to manage an NG9-1-1 project and the tools that public safety will need to position themselves for the future to assure that implementations stay “on track.” The audience will also be provided with additional insight on PSAP interoperability and data sharing.
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. SMS 9-1-1 - Debate Has Ended; Rollout Begins
Robert K. Gojanovich, ENP Sales Director, Next Generation 9-1-1, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS)
SMS 9-1-1 has been in trials in multiple counties across the U.S. and in 2013 general availability from at least one Tier-1 wireless carrier is anticipated. This session will focus on the preparation that several PSAPs have taken as part of early trials and commercial connectivity to SMS 9-1-1. This session will also explain the interconnection options (Web, TTY, ESInet) for reception of SMS text sessions.
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break*
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Next Generation Public Safety Communications Ecosystem
Brett Whitney, Partner Manager, Cassidian Communications
Gone are the days of information silos. We will explore the ways in which NG9-1-1, LTE, P25, and converged voice/data/multimedia communications cohesively functioning in unison are altering public safety communications as we have traditionally known them. Learn about the next generation public safety communications ecosystem and its components. Gain an  understanding on how it facilitates true interoperability, situational awareness and a common operating picture that will overhaul the complete business model of the PSAP.  The ecosystem is driven by a new breed of interoperable applications and comprehensive incident management capabilities, including virtualization, mobility, advanced hosted data services, and an interconnected ecosystem of i3 entities, leading to new opportunities and challenges.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Luncheon
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Big Data in the PSAP
Paul McLaren, Director of Support and Engineering, Government Solutions Division, Intrado
Big data and life-saving apps can now be introduced into the 9-1-1 operational environment without compromise. This session will address ways to utilize CAD systems to effectively manage inbound data, including intrusion alarms and inbound i3 alerts. Learn how intuitive tools can provide critical information to first responders – intelligent insights from billions of records about people, places and threats. It is possible to support interoperability while eliminating single points of failure and maintaining the integrity of the network. Learn how to optimize your system to accommodate all of these new types of data – text messages, pictures, video – in a safe, reliable and available environment while helping to protect first responders and save more lives.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. What's On the Horizon for Public Safety Communications?
Moderator: Jay English, Director, Comm Center 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
Dr. Brenda Connor, Business & Solutions Creation Expert, Ericsson Inc.; Dr. Dennis Martinez, Chief Technology Officer, Harris Corporation
New public safety communications technologies are currently being developed which will lead to improved efficiencies for tomorrow’s first responders. Dr. Brenda Connor’s presentation, “Exposing Network Services to Public Safety Applications Developers” and Dr. Dennis Martinez’s  presentation, “Delivering Communications from the Battlefield to the Hands of First Responders” will touch on some of these recent advancements and will share their insight on how these improvements will ultimately benefit  the public safety community.
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break *
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Cybersecurity: Perils and Opportunities
Moderator: Roger Wespe, Manager, Government Relations, APCO International
Panelists: Ajay Gupta, Senior Member -- Technical Team, and Technical Fellow, Information Systems, Northrop Grumman; Dr. Dennis Martinez, Chief Technology Officer, Harris Corporation
Among the statutory responsibilities assigned to FirstNet is to ensure the safety, security, and resiliency of the network, including requirements for protecting and monitoring the network against a cyberattack. Safeguarding the public safety broadband network from cyber threats will be an evolving challenge and will require a coordinated effort among all stakeholders. At the same time, FirstNet has the advantage of working hand-in-hand with service providers and cybersecurity experts to “bake in” protection to the network from the start.
Panelists will discuss emerging threats typical of modern, LTE-based broadband platforms and will help outline some of the initial steps that need to be taken to secure the network.
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
*Note during breaks attendees will visit tabletop displays.
Wednesday, June 26
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome & Overview
Terry Hall, President, APCO International
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. FirstNet Update
Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel, Law and Policy, APCO International
APCO will offer an update and lead a discussion on the status of FirstNet’s efforts to implement the nationwide, public safety broadband network.
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Innovating New Tools and Apps for First Responders
Roger Wespe, Government Relations Manager, APCO International; Mark Reddish, Government Relations Associate, APCO International
Applications or “apps” have the potential to vastly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of today’s first responders. APCO and other organizations have recognized the importance these tools will have for the public safety community. This session will consider policies and resources that can support the development of public safety apps, including APCO’s public safety apps website, AppComm, as well as new opportunities made available by sources of open government data.
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break*
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Innovating New Tools and Apps for First Responders Part II
Moderator: Mark Reddish, Government Relations Associate, APCO International
Panelists: Phil Kouwe, President and CEO, Hangar 14 Solutions; Chief Richard Price, President, PulsePoint Foundation; Chief Chris Russo, Founder and Executive Vice President, Elerts Corporation
The public safety broadband network will create substantial opportunities for innovation in developing tools and apps designed specifically for public safety users. Apps targeted for use by first responders are already being developed, with some driven by public safety practitioners themselves. These innovations will lead to new and improved ways to protect the safety of life and property. Panelists will provide insight on ways to spur the creation of public safety-specific tools and apps for the public safety network.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR)
Sheila Frankel, Senior Computer Scientist, Computer Security Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Staff from the NIST/NTIA Public Safety Communications Research program located in Boulder, Colorado, will provide an update on the Public Safety 700 MHz Demonstration Network Study.
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break*
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Building the Public Safety Broadband Network in Rural America
Andrew M. Seybold, CEO and Principle Consultant, Andrew Seybold, Inc.
Building out the public safety broadband network in rural America is going to be one of the most challenging aspects for FirstNet. FirstNet has already said that they will make use of rural partners and satellite services when and where needed. This presentation will discuss potential partners for public safety, how to extend the range of LTE networks using higher power mobile devices and in-vehicle relay techniques, as well as how to utilize satellite services not only for extending the broadband network coverage, but also in some cases actually extending the effective range of LMR networks.
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Open Discussion/Closing Remarks
*Note during breaks attendees will visit tabletop displays.