Program November 2016

The Emerging Technology Forum in Seattle is an outstanding opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and policy issues.

Workshop on Roadmapping Interoperability for Public Safety Apps
October 31, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Invitation only)

Program subject to change.

Tuesday, November 1
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
Cheryl Greathouse, President, APCO International;
Kathleen O’Toole, Chief, Seattle Police Department
8:35 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Keynote Address
William Andrew Leneweaver, Deputy State E911 Coordinator for Enterprise Systems, Washington State E911 Coordinator’s Office
9:05 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NG9-1-1 Implementation Strategies & Considerations
Jay English, Public Safety Program Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center, National Coordinating Center for Communications
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 the most sense for your comm center.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Tech Talks (2):
Data Interoperability in the Cloud
Stephen Okano, VP of Engineering, Mark43
PSAPs need to seamlessly share data across multiple applications and jurisdictions in real time, but connecting locally-hosted servers is often a resource-intensive burden subject to system downtime and security risks. This Tech Talk will provide an overview of cloud technology: what it is, why it’s effective, and most importantly, how it can enable out-the-box information sharing between E911, CAD, and RMS systems. Mark43’s VP of Engineering will provide examples from cities currently making the shift to the cloud.
Apps Are Just the Beginning!
How can the 9-1-1 PSAP handle the new flood of information from the “Internet of Things”?
Reinhard Ekl, Director of Product & 911, RapidSOS
Apps have been a hot topic for the industry in recent years. Having developed a smartphone app that interfaces directly with E911 and NG911, Mr. Ekl will share a perspective on “what’s next.” His presentation will look at Mobile Apps as a technology showcase and leading indicator of developments PSAPs will have to face in the near future. How do Apps influence the regular call flow for Wireless Calls? What other options will citizens have to alert 9-1-1? What data will be available to PSAPs, and how can they handle it?
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Improving 9-1-1 Location Accuracy
Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel, APCO International;
Jay English, Public Safety Program Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center, National Coordinating Center for Communications
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. – 2:15 p.m. Tech Talks (3):
Commercial LTE Networks and Quality of Service for Public Safety
Jeffrey Carl, Director Market Development, AT&T
The history of priority access on commercial networks, the technical capabilities of LTE to deliver priority access, and an overview of the commercial priority services available for public safety today.
LMR+LTE: Achieving the Broadband Future Today
Ryan Seick, Global Business Development Manager, Harris Corp.
When it’s deployed, the dedicated nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet) will be a “game changer” for the diverse community of users who will all benefit from new capabilities. While more robust and reliable communications is a compelling upgrade for many, it’s the vast applications ecosystem that will truly draw Public Safety users to adopt the network. Attendees will learn more about the simple integration and interdependency needs that will bring new application functionality for advanced situational awareness, data analytics, document management, training, etc.—truly endless possibilities made possible by FirstNet.
Leveraging Advancements in Commercial Wireless Technology for Public Safety
Eric Hagerson, Principal Federal Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile US
As wireless technology continues to evolve towards 5G, there are several advancements in the commercial arena that could be leveraged by Public Safety for its mission critical operations. This tech talk will explore a few key topics of interest in that regard.
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tech Talks (2):
Selecting the Best ESInet System for Your Needs
Chad Brothers, Client Services Manager, Safety and Securities Division, ComTech
A look at some of the fundamental questions for determining your needs in selecting the Best ESInet System for your needs ranging from: network provider, core components, call handling, security, and operational support during and after implementation.
Sensor Overload!
Nathan Daniels, Chief Engineer/SEIT Manager, Northrop Grumman
Impacts of NG9-1-1 on system design, workforce training, and cyber security for the emergency responder community.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Improving App Interoperability & Security
Mary Perry, Director of Transparency and Privacy, Seattle Police Department; Jeff Posner, Sr. Applications Architect, FirstNet; Michael Ogata, PSCR Cybersecurity Project Co-Lead, NIST; Vincent Sritapan, Mobile Security R&D Program Manager, DHS S&T; Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, FirstNet
Panelists will describe efforts to make public safety apps interoperable and secure.
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Wednesday, November 2
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
8:35 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Keynote Address: FirstNet Update
Jeff Johnson, Vice Chair, FirstNet
9:05 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Cybersecurity and Public Safety Communications
Jay English, Public Safety Program Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center, National Coordinating Center for Communications
Next Generation communications systems 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 that threats exist, many do not understand just how vulnerable our public safety systems are to cyber attack. This session will explore the current threat environment as it relates to the networks and systems of Next Generation 9-1-1 and FirstNet, as well as the threat to public safety networks of today. This discussion should illustrate the need to implement cybersecurity best practices and begin construction of secure, monitored, redundant and resilient core cyber capabilities sooner rather than later.  In addition, the recently approved Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA) Working Group 1 report on Cybersecurity will be discussed, including information sharing and cooperative cyber defense strategies and opportunities, as well as some specific architectural options.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. From Data to Intelligence
Brian Mollett, Global Product Marketing, Motorola Solutions
You live in a world with more data than ever, in the command center and in the field. Yet getting the right information at the right time remains a challenge. Learn how applications, devices, networks and data can work together in powerful new ways to mobilize your greatest asset: intelligence.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Project 43: Broadband Implications for the PSAP
Steve Proctor, Chair, Project 43; APCO staff
Technology is changing at an incredibly rapid pace, and we need to make sure our community stays ahead of the curve. Join us for an overview of Project 43 and to dialogue about how this major effort can best help the public safety communications profession prepare for the evolving broadband communications technologies that will have major operational and workforce impacts for PSAPs while, at the same time, improve support to emergency responders.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Tech Talks (2):
The Evolution of Safety
Clay Frost, Director of Sales & Marketing, Wearsafe
As technology evolves, seeking help should become quicker and more efficient. Come see how apps and wearables are advancing the way world seeks and provides help.
9-1-1 Mobile Apps
Mark Reddish, Senior Counsel & Manager of Government Relations, APCO International
APCO staff will lead an interactive session on 9-1-1 mobile apps.
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. FirstNet & NG9-1-1
Jay English, Public Safety Program Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center, National Coordinating Center for Communications
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.
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 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.
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Conference Wrap-Up