Program – November 2015

The program is still being finalized, but the Emerging Technology Forum in Atlanta is sure to be an outstanding opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and policy issues.

Program subject to change.

Tuesday, November 17
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome & Introduction 
8:35 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Keynote Address
TJ Kennedy, President, FirstNet
Hear the latest updates regarding FirstNet’s progress toward implementing the nationwide, interoperable, public safety broadband network.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NG9-1-1 Implementation Strategies & 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. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Tech Talk *
The Power of Public Safety LTE
Richard Coleman II, Director Public Safety Programs, General Dynamics Mission Systems
The Public Safety community has discussed the potential for First Responders to discover a world of transformation through connected sensors and data with the deployment of a dedicated public safety network. The transformation starts with the deployment of a purpose build public safety network that meets public agencies demand for secure data, video and voice. Once the network is established, industry will introduce an open eco-system of devices, end points and capabilities that run on the network. Finally unique visualization and collaboration applications that reduce clutter and manage the “data fog” will begin to emerge. This briefing discuses how this transformation is taking place today with real world LTE public safety deployments in Adams County and Vail Colorado and the state of New Mexico.
10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Improving 9-1-1 Location Accuracy
Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel, APCO International
The recent FCC Order on 9-1-1 location accuracy was a landmark decision based upon the prior efforts of the wireless industry, working with APCO and NENA, to develop a consensus proposal. Join us for an update on the work of multiple stakeholders toward implementing the game-changing solutions envisioned by the FCC Order.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location Accuracy Technologies Today & Tomorrow
Tim Lorello, Senior Vice President, TeleCommunication Systems
Getting the precise location of a 9-1-1 caller has always been a challenge for public safety. With more calls coming from indoor environments, the challenge has only increased. The FCC mandates for indoor location accuracy are asking for initial progress in as little as two years. Is the industry up for this challenge? This session will explore recent advances in GPS technology and emerging technologies – such as Small cells, Bluetooth, WiFi and metropolitan beacons – which promise to improve indoor location accuracy. Recommendations will be presented for how these solutions can be combined to deliver unprecedented granularity, accuracy and location trustworthiness.
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Tech Talks *
Leveraging Commercial Wireless Technologies for Public Safety
Eric Hagerson, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile
As wireless carriers build 4G LTE networks and begin to plan for 5G deployment, the time is right to begin thinking about ways to leverage what is going on in evolving commercial markets for the benefit of public safety. From looking at ways to allow a device to operate on multiple networks to integrating the Internet of Things into public safety operations to provide for better situational awareness, we find ourselves at the nexus of communication technologies that promises cutting edge capabilities for public safety communications. This session will focus on some of the technologies that hold the most potential for first responders and those that support them.
Evolution of Portable Radios for First Responders
Mark Tesh, Senior Product Manager, Harris Corporation
Across the country and around the world, state and county governments are facing the need to update their emergency communications technology to meet new RF standards for higher spectrum efficiency, and to prepare first responders for new and emerging threats. A lot of things are changing, pointing to a need for newer, more flexible, more capable, and tougher equipment – but it also leaves an unclear path forward. In this presentation, Harris’ Mark Tesh will explain how public safety jurisdictions can mitigate the uncertainties involved in purchasing radio equipment as technology and regulations continue to evolve by better understanding the future of emergency communications, and anticipating the requirements of tomorrow.
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Data Security & Public Safety Apps
Michael Ogata, Computer Scientist, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology; Ray Lehr, retired Assistant Chief (Baltimore City Fire Department), Technology Program Manager, and Public Safety Consultant
In June 2015, APCO and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a workshop to address data security issues for mobile apps designed to serve public safety. Public safety professionals, app developers, security experts, and others gathered to consider various use cases, identify the data that would assist response, and apply security concepts to evaluate risks if the data was compromised. In this session, NIST’s Michael Ogata will describe the workshop and provide an early look at a NIST report that summarizes the findings. Ray Lehr, a retired fire chief who served as a group leader for the workshop, will provide a public safety perspective on the issues discussed.
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. The Status of 9-1-1 & Apps
Jay English, Director, Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services, APCO International; Mark Reddish, Senior Counsel and Manager of Government Relations, APCO International
APCO staff will present the latest on 9-1-1 and mobile apps, highlighting the challenges that must be addressed to protect PSAPs and members of the public.
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing remarks
Wednesday, November 18
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
8:35 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Keynote Address: The Latest on Public Safety Communications Research
Tracy McElvaney, Engineering Supervisor, Advanced Communications Research, NIST-CTL PSCR Division

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program provides research, development, testing and evaluation to foster nationwide communications interoperability, represents the critical requirements provided by public safety practitioners before international standards bodies, and provides technical support to FirstNet. Learn about the major research initiatives underway to advance public safety communications.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. M2M and the Internet of Things: The Impact on Public Safety
Christian Militeau, Director, Technical Standards, Intrado Inc.
What we now call the “Internet of Things” (IoT) represents connectivity and opens up new opportunities in the emergency communications segment. Sensors, monitors, beacons, PERS, alarms and more can now be integrated with public safety to augment real-time analysis and decision making. In this session, we will review various aspects to consider when these smart devices are integrated into the public safety environment.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Tech Talks *
The Internet of Public Safety Things
Mike Wengrovitz, VP, Innovation, Mutualink
The Internet of Public Safety Things (IoPSTtm) is an exciting emerging technology that has the potential for improving public safety and saving lives. Example architectures are discussed for wearable and non-wearable systems. Real-world results are described for both commercial LTE and Band14 FirstNet tests, and live demonstrations are presented.
FirstNet: Securing the Network at Public Safety Grade
David O'Berry, Worldwide Technical Strategist, Office of the CTO, Intel Security Group
The National Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet), a program funded by $7 billion, is full speed ahead and encompasses one of the largest projects ever under-taken for the development of a dedicated broadband network for first responders. The advantages of this secure dedicated network are numerous including assured quality of service, preemption, public safety applications & services, situational awareness, and local control. The challenges are many and varied from both physical and logical security controls with threats increasing every day. This is a very new and very challenging world but working together and sharing both best actionable practices, situational awareness, as well as cyber-security information in real-time across the community is one critical step customers and industry can take together to make the transition to this and future next-generation networks in a way that will noticeably impact public safety in a significantly positive way.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Making Policies Work for Public Safety Communications Professionals: A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel returns to APCO to offer her perspectives on how to advance public safety communications. During an interview-style session, Commissioner Rosenworcel will discuss how technologies and federal polices can help provide public safety officials the tools they need to perform their important roles.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Cybersecurity and Public Safety Communications
Jay English, Director, Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
NG9-1-1 and FirstNet bring exciting new capabilities and possibilities to our PSAPs. However, as with anything technology related, they also present new challenges. While we may be aware of the threats that exist, many do not understand just how vulnerable our public safety systems are to cyber attack. This session will explore a case study that will illustrate, in very real terms, how this threat exists not only in the networks and systems of a Next Generation 9-1-1 environment but in many cases in the public safety network of today. The application of this scenario to the current PSAP operational environment will illustrate the need to implement cyber security best practices and begin construction of secure, monitored, redundant and resilient core cyber capabilities sooner rather than later.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Smart Public Safety Solutions
Col. James M. Wolfinbarger (ret.), Smart Public Safety Solutions, Motorola Solutions
Technology becomes a force multiplier enhancing strategic planning through predictive analytics and enabling faster, safer responses through a common operating picture for real-time situational awareness and rapid response. Through advanced analytics, investigations and cases are processed faster applying data-driven decisions.
Whether it’s in a Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC), a command vehicle, or on a smartphone in the field, discover how Intelligence-Led Public Safety solutions bring more value to your data and increase operational efficiency to make the best decisions for the safety of your citizens and personnel.
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. FirstNet and NG9-1-1
Jay English, Director, Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services, APCO International; others TBD
The roll-out of the FirstNet nationwide public safety broadband network presents a number of opportunities to ensure seamless integration with Next Generation 9-1-1 systems. The combination of these two advanced communications networks is the future of emergency response, and will lead to new levels of operational effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of emergency services. Learn how the PSAP will serve as the nerve center between the general public and the first responder community.
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Emerging Technologies – Regulatory and Legislative Developments
Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel, APCO International
APCO’s Chief Counsel will provide an update on the latest regulatory and legislative developments impacting public safety communications.
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks and Conference Wrap-Up

* Tech Talks are 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.