Planning Public Safety
APCO International Public Safety Broadband Summit & Expo
May 13-14, 2013 | Washington, D.C.
APCO's 2013 BROADBAND SUMMIT WRAP-UP
With over 200 attendees, representing 38 states as well as Australia and New Zealand, APCO’s 3rd Annual Broadband Summit has come to a close. The Summit kicked off with a welcome address from APCO President Terry Hall greeting a packed room at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC, on May 13.
Following Terry’s welcome, Jeff Cohen, Director of Government Relations, introduced AppComm, APCO’s public safety application website that was recently launched on April 23. Jeff walked through the features of AppComm encouraging the audience to log in, leave comments, and rate the 90+ apps on the site.
The morning sessions continued with presentations on LTE technology, launch requirements for the nationwide public safety broadband network, and network architecture designs for bringing critical information to users. The first day wrapped up with presentations on state and local planning for the broadband network, business modeling and governance policy, solutions for building the FirstNet network architecture, and the synergies with Next Generation 9-1-1 roll-out.
On Tuesday, Chief Charles Dowd, FirstNet Board Member, gave the opening keynote remarks and talked about his experience dealing with Superstorm Sandy. Dowd’s opening was the perfect segue into day two, which focused on technology and the future of public safety communications. The morning extended into presentations on fostering innovation in public safety apps, including remarks by Brian Forde, representing the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The remainder of the day featured panels on technology options in disaster situations, public/private partnerships for public safety broadband, and cyber security from the network and device perspectives.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 Broadband Summit!
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