Presentation Theater

These 30-minute and 60-minute presentations will focus on issues critical to attendees who want to stay on top of the latest industry trends and technologies.

APCO: Cutting Edge Issues for APCO Members
Monday, August 14 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Presenters: Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations; Mark Reddish, Senior Counsel and Manager of Government Relations

Join APCO’s Government Relations Office (GRO) for an update on the latest issues impacting public safety telecommunicators. We discuss the latest developments at federal agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in the technology sector impacting 9-1-1, mobile apps, and a variety of other topics. Stay tuned for specifics as the conference nears.

AT&T: LTE LMR FirstNet Interoperability:  Maximize Your Console Investment
Monday, August 14 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This session will cover how to leverage an IP based console using APCO p25 CSSI standard interfaces with a push to talk over cellular solution. By leveraging CSSI organizations can improve communications, enhance productivity and connect organizations at a lower TCO. Review of the technology and use cases will be presented.

FirstNet Outreach and State Plans 
Monday, August 14 | 12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Presenters: Dave Buchanan, Director of Consultation; Brian Hobson, Technical Lead, State Plans

A core tenet of FirstNet’s business model is its consultation with stakeholders. From its beginning, FirstNet has engaged with public safety at all levels of government to understand their needs and challenges. That input informed FirstNet’s development of customized plans for each state and territory.  This session will provide an update on the state plans process, which is a key next milestone around deployment of the network.

MobileIron: Mobility Challenges and Opportunities for First Responder Networks
Monday, August 14 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Presenter: Sean Frazier, Federal CTO

Building, maintaining and securing first responder mobile devices can be challenging but when done right can contribute to, and enable, the real-time communications requirements that these roles demand. MobileIron will discuss how EMM + identity management can help solve some of the toughest security challenges.

Black & Veatch: How to Select and Hire a Consulting Firm for your Public Safety Communications System
Monday, August 14 | 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Presenter: Greg Munchrath, Regional Director, Central Region 

Most cities and counties in need of consulting and/or engineering support prepare either a request for proposals (RFP) or a request for qualifications (RFQ) and post it on a procurement website to achieve broad distribution. Often times, the city or county will start the RFP process by using an existing RFP and attempt to modify by cutting and pasting the info they need to suit their needs. In turn, the final RFP document is often fraught with errors including conflicting information, too many project phases leading to cost and schedule overruns, and an inadequate description of the true scope of work. This thought leadership piece will highlight best practices to follow in order to select and hire the most qualified consulting firm to execute the development, selection and implementation of a public safety communication system.

SecuLore Solutions: Hackers Are Getting Smarter – Up Your Cyber Know-How
Monday, August 14 | 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Presenter: Timothy Lorello, CEO

Cyber-crime is a big business – the FBI estimates that over $1B in ransoms were collected last year. Hackers are getting smarter and sharing their knowledge with each other.  We will analyze existing attacks on public safety systems, show how to find them and discuss techniques to stop them.

FirstNet: How FirstNet Will Change Public Safety Communications
Tuesday, August 15 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Jeff Bratcher, Chief Technology Officer

The FirstNet network will give public safety personnel reliable broadband anywhere, anytime. But that’s not all. Already the network is opening up endless possibilities for applications that will make police, fire and rescue personnel safer and more efficient.  FirstNet CTO Jeff Bratcher will discuss FirstNet’s applications strategy as well as key developments at its Innovation and Test Lab.

Harris Corporation: LTE LMR FirstNet Interoperability:  Maximize Your Console Investment
Tuesday, August 15 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Dennis Martinez, Chief Technology Officer

As public safety migrates to open communications standards from less flexible proprietary solutions, and from narrowband to broadband networks, the need for devices and applications to optimize the capabilities of those converged networks is crucial. And most important is knowing how to meet first responders’ communications needs regardless of where they are in their mission-critical migration.

Today’s commercial networks and the emerging National Public Safety Broadband Network from FirstNet present opportunities for state and local agencies to provision first responders, public service and mobile workforces with the tools they need to work effectively. Broadband technologies are enabling the next generation of mission-critical applications for public safety and other mission-critical industries.

Harris is at the forefront of this evolution and we are committed to ensuring first responders have seamless, interoperable communications and mission-critical capabilities now and in the future. Listen as public safety customers tell you how this technology benefits them and the communities they serve.

FCC 101
Tuesday, August 15 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Presenters: Michael A. Scales, K5SCA - Communications Administrator, NMCEM, NMCOMC/L SICWG CORE - Chair, APCO-AFC Local NM Advisor, AVCOM member; Scott Bigham, Missouri APCO Local Frequency Advisor, AFC Advisory Committee Chair Region 24 700 & 800 MHz Regional Planning Committee Chair, National Regional Planning Committee Vice-Chair

This session will help agencies understand their FCC licenses and discuss what your APCO Local Advisor can do for you.

ESRI: Real-Time PSAP Analytics and Web Applications
Tuesday, August 15 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Presenter: Mike King, Global Manager

With NG9-1-1, more data will become available such as; live weather, traffic and social media, each needing real-time analysis and visualization. Session shows how GIS helps PSAPs leverage the results. ”Instead of looking for needles in a haystack, use technology and burn down the haystack, quickly solving problems!”

Zinwave: 3 Key Considerations for In-Building Public Safety Communications 
Tuesday, August 15 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Presenter: James Martin, Vice President of Operations

Over the past ten years, many jurisdictions have implemented standards for in-building public safety systems because it is vital in helping first responders communicate and save lives. Learn more about the three key considerations for deploying an in-building wireless solution and how to safeguard building occupants, employees, customers and first responders during critical times.