2014 Program

Monday, May 5, 2014
8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome/Overview
8:45 – 9:30 Keynote: FirstNet Update
TJ Kennedy, Deputy General Manager, FirstNet
9:30-10:30 A Discussion on Deployable Systems to Address FirstNet Needs

This session will discuss the challenges and approaches to addressing FirstNet’s need for coverage throughout rural/remote areas across the United States. Deployables such as the “Cell on Wheels” (COW) offer cost-effective geographic coverage without having to build out expensive terrestrial facilities. The ideal solution(s) should offer optimal LTE coverage for the cost, ease of use, as well as backhaul capability from the COW to the terrestrial network. This talk addresses the capabilities/limitations of deployables, and the microwave backhaul for them, as well as the required technologies needed for FirstNet to utilize these solutions.

Richard Coupland, Director, Public Safety Market Development, General Dynamics C4 Systems
Randy Jenkins, Director Business Development Americas, Aviat Networks
10:30-10:45 Break*
10:45-12:00 Tech Talks
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.

Twitter and Mashups and Apps, Oh My!
Bill Schrier, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the CIO, Washington State

FirstNet and Wearable Technologies – A Perfect Match
David McKinley, Americas Solutions and Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent and Ed Vea, Consultant

Challenges of Wireless Mesh Network Planning
Mike Meyer, Program Director, Telecommunications Division, Black & Veatch

12:00 – 1:00 Networking Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Next Generation 9-1-1 Policy-Makers
Hear key policy-makers at the federal and state levels discuss timely issues impacting the deployment of Next Generation 9-1-1 Services

David Furth, Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Federal Communications Commission
David Grossman, Senior Technology Policy Advisor for Representative Anna Eshoo, U.S. House of Representatives
Dorothy A. Spears-Dean, Ph.D., Public Safety Communications Coordinator, Service Management and Delivery Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) VITA
2:00 – 3:00 Cutting Edge Broadband Applications
Development of mobile apps for public safety and emergency response purposes is rapidly growing. Speakers will describe new models for driving practitioner-focused app development, as well as demonstrate current apps designed to improve first responder operations and save lives.

Finding the Next Great App for FirstNet
Ray Lehr, Interoperability Director, State of Maryland

Mobile Solutions in Public Safety – Past, Present and Future
Jason Goldberg, Sales Director, Nowforce

An Inside Look at Mobile App Development
Charlie Jacobson, Founder & CEO, Firestop

3:00 – 3:15 Break*
3:15 – 4:00 Using Broadband in the Field - Demos & Lessons Learned
Testing of apps and devices that will operate in the FirstNet spectrum is already underway. Hear about lessons learned from recent field demos, including the kinds of apps, devices, and other capabilities that could comprise emergency response in a broadband setting.

Putting Public Safety Broadband and NG 9-1-1 Capabilities in the Hands of First Responders
Walt Magnussen, Director for Telecommunications, Texas A&M

Lessons Learned: Deploying Situational Awareness Apps in Active Shooter Scenarios
Alan Kaplan, CTO, Drakontas

Public Safety LTE – Lessons Learned from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department Band 14 Trial
David Fein, Systems Engineer, Alcatel-Lucent

4:00- 5:00 Rural Deployment Options for FirstNet
Rural coverage is a key goal of the FirstNet nationwide network. In this session, hear about various options for addressing this need through partnerships, deployables, and network design.

Rural Network Resiliency: The Partnership Between Public Safety and Networks in Rural America
Jesse Ward, Industry & Policy Analysis Manager, NTCA

Bringing the Network With You – Using Deployable LTE Networks and Satellite Service to Get Access Wherever It’s Needed
Duane Carney, VP Government Solutions, Harris

Key Features for LTE Deployments in Rural America
Douglas Sharp, Director Engineering, Oceus Networks

Deployable Coverage – Options and Challenges
Rick Burke, Partner, Televate

*Note during breaks attendees will visit tabletop displays
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome/Overview
8:45 – 9:15 Keynote: Embracing Broadband Technologies to Serve and Protect the Public
Deputy Chief Eddie L. Reyes, Alexandria Police Department
9:15 – 10:00 LTE Technology
The FirstNet nationwide network will be based upon LTE technology, which will provide significant advantages for emergency response. This session will focus on the current and expected capabilities of LTE, particularly as applied to the special needs of the public safety community, including the latest on the ongoing global standards work to incorporate public safety-specific requirements.

LTE Technology Evolution for Public Safety
Dharmesh Tyagi, Director E2E Solutions Architect, Nokia Solutions and Networks

VoLTE: Myth or Reality
Wim Brouwer, CTO, FirstNet Team, Alcatel-Lucent

LTE for Critical Communications
Andreas Roessler, Technology Manager, Rohde & Schwarz

10:00 – 10:15 Break*
10:15 – 11:15 Rapidly Deployable Broadband Networks
As public safety leans ever more to broadband connectivity for daily use so does the dependency during crisis and threat situations. Sprint ERT will describe how the multi-band nature of its LTE networks helps support rapid deployment of equipment, personnel, and infrastructure in a disaster situation, and the potential benefits of partnering with FirstNet to incorporate this capability into the public safety broadband network design.

Rodney Cooper, Manager, North Region, Emergency Response Team, Sprint
11:15 – 12:00 FirstNet and NG9-1-1 Deployment
FirstNet and Next Generation 9-1-1 networks will share complementary functions and provide advanced capabilities for public safety communications. Speakers will address the interplay of these parallel efforts and the opportunities and challenges of the ensuing use and exchange of broadband data for PSAPs.

Acquiring NG9-1-1 Video and Sharing with First Responders
Jay Malin, Managing Director, AGENT511

Operational Impacts of PSBN and NG9-1-1
Michael Weins, Director, Public Safety Information Systems Division, RCC Consultants

Next Generation 9-1-1 Considerations in FirstNet Planning
Mark Holmes, Senior Consultant, LR Kimball

12:00 – 1:00 Networking Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Securing Your Critical Infrastructure Against Cyber Attacks
Cyber security threats are rising every year at an alarming rate and becoming very disruptive to day-to-day and mission critical operations. Organizations can’t afford to wait for something to happen; they need to be proactive in addressing potential threats. Since each layer is an opportunity for someone to exploit a security control and do damage to the network and/or exploit the data being transmitted across it, layers of protection are needed to keep sensitive information safe – from patient health records to public safety data. This session will look at the various elements of security, including an identity management framework.

Francesca Schuler, Business & Technology Strategy, Motorola Solutions
Dr. Brenda Connor, Business and Solution Creation Expert, Ericsson
2:00 – 2:45 NPSTC Broadband Public Safety Requirements Update
This presentation will include the following updates:
1. 700 MHz Broadband, Public Safety Requirements at FirstNet Launch
2. Broadband Applications for EMS
3. Public Safety Quantitative Launch Requirements
4. Console LTE
5. Public Safety Messaging
6. Public Safety Telephony
7. Public Safety Grade
8. Public Safety Qualitative Requirements – Year 1 to Year 3

Andy Thiessen, Chair, NPSTC Broadband Working Group
Harlin McEwen, NPSTC
Paul Patrick, Chair, NPSTC EMS Working Group
2:45 – 3:00 Break*
3:00 – 3:45 National Emergency Communications Plan Update
The National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) is the nation’s first strategic plan to drive measurable improvements in emergency communications nationwide. Released in 2008, the NECP has enhanced governance, planning, technology, training and exercises, and disaster communications capabilities in all 56 States and Territories. Over the last year, OEC has worked with more than 300 stakeholder groups updating the NECP to account for the current state of interoperability nationwide and include new initiatives, such as the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network and Next Generation 9-1-1. This presentation is OEC’s official rollout of the updated plan and will include information about OEC training and support available to stakeholders.

Chris Essid, Deputy Director and Eric Runnels, National Planning Section Chief, DHS Office of Emergency Communications
3:45 – 4:00 Closing
*Note during breaks attendees will visit tabletop displays