2015 Program

Monday, May 4, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome
John Wright, President, APCO International
8:35 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Keynote
Hear the latest updates regarding FirstNet’s progress toward implementing the nationwide, interoperable, public safety broadband network.
TJ Kennedy, Acting Executive Director, FirstNet
9:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m. FirstNet: The Early Builder Perspective
Hear public safety officials involved with early network builds describe their perspectives on planning for the FirstNet network.
Fred Scalera, Public Safety Broadband Program Manager, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness; Todd Early, Deputy Assistant Director, Texas Department of Public Safety, Jacqueline Miller, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Information Technology
10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Break*
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Tech Talks:  FirstNet Edition
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.

After FirstNet Initial Consultation - Next Steps
If FirstNet keeps to the promise to complete all state and territory initial consultations by the end of 2015, that will mean it took 18 months to get through the first round of a process that will require multiple engagements. How can the process be streamlined to capture the needed public safety and state requirements and in a more efficient and participatory way? Ray will propose some thoughts he and others involved in initial consultations see as opportunities for expansion of the process. 
Ray Lehr, Consultant, Clear Management Solutions
Public Safety LTE Technology Evolution
Public safety needs mission critical performance from their LTE network. This puts unique requirements on LTE compared to consumer use in terms of reliability, coverage and availability. LTE can support mission critical communication and has advanced features already available or under development to be ready for FirstNet? deployment. In this presentation, we will discuss a wide range of unique features that enable LTE to provide high capacity, high data rate performance as well as the improved public safety user’s mission critical experience. The presentation addresses LTE evolution and technology road map, including evolution to 5G. Topics covered include Voice over LTE (VoLTE), mission critical push-to-talk, mobile broadcasting, small cells and heterogeneous networks, and their importance for public safety. 
Patrik Ringqvist, Vice President, Wireless Networks, Ericsson
Rugged vs. Ultra-Rugged…The difference is profound
Not all broadband devices are created equal. Building a device that meets and exceeds the needs of the First Responder community is key. More than a hardened wrapper around a consumer device, delivering a device that exceeds durability and usability expectations starts from the ground up.
Robert Escalle, Senior Director – Public Safety & Defense, Sonim Technologies
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Next Generation 9-1-1 Policy-Makers Panel
 Hear from 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 Goldman, Chief Counsel for Communications and Technology, Minority Staff, Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; Dorothy Spears-Dean, Ph.D., Public Safety Communications Coordinator, Service Management and Delivery, Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tech Talks:  9-1-1 Edition

FirstNet and NG9-1-1 Integration
This session will address considerations for planning for NG9-1-1, including integration of NG9-1-1 systems and centers with FirstNet and other emerging technologies and services.
Jay English, Director of Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
Mobile e911 Regulations and FirstNet - Driving Public Safety DAS Requirements
The presentation will illustrate how recent mobile e911 geolocation requirements and the adoption of broadband wireless services by public safety authorities will expand the role and requirements for distributed antenna systems (DAS).  Exploiting distributed active components, DAS can deploy technology to assist wireless carriers in geolocating emergency callers using mobile phones in indoor venues.  In addition, we will cover broadband data for public safety, including FirstNet, with an emphasis on how DAS requirements must evolve to comply. A theme will be deploying systems that are ready to accommodate emerging services.
Raymond Weaver, Director of DAS Engineering, Advanced RF Technologies, Inc.
9-1-1 Indoor Location: Wi-Fi Technology Demo
The recent FCC Order on location accuracy paves the way for getting the location fix of a 9-1-1 caller when the emergency call is placed from an indoor environment.  In this Order, the carriers can now deliver a Dispatchable Location as a way to fulfill their compliance obligation.  A near-term method for providing a Dispatchable Location is tied to using Wi-Fi technology.  This live indoor location demo will show that getting a meaningful location fix for an indoor 9-1-1 call is both real and practical.  And combined with a broadband network for public safety, this location information can be sent from the 9-1-1 center to the fingertips of the first responders.
Tim Lorello, Senior Vice President, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break*
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 9-1-1 Location Accuracy Panel: The Carrier Perspective
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. Representatives from the carriers will be on hand to discuss efforts underway with multiple stakeholders to implement the Order and as well as the Roadmap and Parallel Path agreements reached with APCO and NENA.
Don Brittingham, Vice President – Public Safety Policy, Verizon; Eric Hagerson, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile USA; Joe Marx, Assistant Vice President – Federal Regulatory, AT&T; Ray Rothermel, Counsel-Legal/Government Affairs, Sprint Corporation; Sean Spivey, Assistant General Counsel, CCA
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Next Generation 9-1-1: Upcoming Grant Program and Synergies with FirstNet
The National 9-1-1 Office is poised to implement a next grant program to promote Next Generation 9-1-1 deployment. Hear a federal perspective of how the grant program can be structured to complement FirstNet roll-out, including options for aligning the governance structures of each such that 9-1-1 centers become the “nerve center” between the public and emergency responders.
Laurie Flaherty, Coordinator, National 911 Program
5:15 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Closing
Gigi Smith, Immediate Past President, APCO International
*During breaks attendees will visit tabletop displays.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome
Brent Lee, First Vice President, APCO International
8:35 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Securing Public Safety Networks: The APCO Perspective
Jay English, Director of Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Cybersecurity and Public Safety Communications
Rear Admiral Ronald Hewitt, Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Erika E. Olsen, Senior Legal Counsel, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC; Michael E. Kennedy, Deputy Program Manager, Technology Program Manager-Information Sharing Environment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break*
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cybersecurity Panel
Industry professionals will discuss the current cybersecurity landscape and the growing need to protect an evolving public safety communications ecosystem.
Mark S. Adams, Director, Chief Architect Secure Mobility, Northrop Grumman Information Systems; Robert Myles, National Practice Manager, Public Safety & CyberSecurity, U.S., State, Local Government, Symantec; Erik Wallace, Director, Commercial Cyber Services, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Threat is Real Today: A cyber case study
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.
Jay English, Director of Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services, APCO International; Erik Wallace, Director, Commercial Cyber Services, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.; Mitch Herckis, Director of Government Affairs, NASCIO; John Snapp, Senior Technical Officer, Intrado
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. LTE Technology Futures
This presentation will describe progress in LTE EPC virtualization, standalone networks for field deployment, and other technologies tailored for public safety, and present two recent applications case studies demonstrating system integration in support of public safety communications.
Phil Zion, Director, Broadband Initiatives, General Dynamics Mission Systems; Mike Thorlin, Director, Public Safety Technologies and Strategy, General Dynamics Mission Systems
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tech Talks:  Broadband Tech Edition 
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.

Accelerating Pace of Technology
In today’s technology-driven world, faster, smarter, and more agile consumer products have the ability to change the way we live and work. Some products in particular have developed a broad applicability that span multiple sectors, to include the law enforcement community. This session will highlight adaptable technologies such as cloud storage and video. In particular, this session will outline specific challenges associated with storing video taken by law enforcement officers, and will offer insight into just how much video storage a law enforcement officer may need. The session will also offer cloud-based solutions for improving agency workflow. 
Luke Larson, President, TASER International
The Role of Security Analytics in Big Data World: How to make Big Data Actionable for Next Generation Law Enforcement Agencies
“Big Data” has reached Next Generation Law Enforcement and the ability of PSAP and Dispatch Personnel to turn raw data into Actionable Intelligence is critical to successful practice. Hear how technology is transforming the work of Law Enforcement through the right capture, processing and analysis of Big Data to drive greater situational awareness and better response times.
Bill Pryor, Senior Director, Public Safety and Mid-Markets, Verint
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break*
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tech Talks 

Evolving Technology to Meet Consumer and Public Safety Needs
Consumers are demanding the latest and greatest communications gadgets, and this in turn is driving providers to implement new and advanced communications technologies that benefit not only consumers and businesses, but the public safety community as well. Long-gone are the days of relying on century-old copper and traditional voice switches because they simply are proving incapable of delivering the data and voice speeds that customers demand or providing the reliability that today’s world requires. Verizon will explain the balance between staying ahead of the technology curve to meet consumer expectations and provide new features and benefits for emergency response, while ensuring that public safety services remain robust.
Tom Maguire, Senior Vice President, Wireline National Operations Field Support, Verizon
A Primer on Agile Development for Public Safety
All too often, large public safety projects taking millions of dollars and years to complete end up producing sub-par products that users hate, and deploy technology that is out-of-date by the time it is implemented. Why aren’t these huge, often well-funded, projects keeping pace with the tiny start-ups and garage innovators making headlines everyday? At least part of the answer lies in adoption of the “agile development philosophy,” which makes users part of the development team, gets work done in two to six week “sprints,” and scraps traditional requirements lists and Gantt charts in favor of delivering usable products now! The good news is that your public safety project or team can adopt agile today – this flash “tech talk” will take 20 minutes to show you how, providing real world examples from the trenches of the recent public safety LTE Pilot project in Vail Colorado. 
Bill Schrier, Senior Policy Advisor, State of Washington Office of the Chief Information Officer; Brian Shepherd, Broadband Program Manager at State of Colorado: Governor’s Office of Information Technology; J. Max Romanik, Senior Law and Policy Analyst, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security; Christopher Webster, Senior Law and Policy Analyst, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Public Safety Use of Mobile Networks, Devices, Apps, Security and Their User Experience
The speakers will discuss practical experience to date of the Public Safety community with commercial networks, devices, application security and general user experience with mobile. Problems, issues and best practices will be discussed with a short conclusion on how mobile apps assisted the law enforcement security of the Marine Marathon in 2013 and 2014.
Scott Agnew, Director of Market Development – Public Safety Solutions, AT&T; Britt Kane, CEO and Founder, Intrepid Networks
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. APCO’s Next Steps for Improving Public Safety Apps
APCO staff will describe a recently published white paper on “The Status of 9-1-1 Apps,” as well as an upcoming workshop on Data Types and Security Mechanisms for Public Safety Apps.
Mark Reddish, Government Relations Associate, APCO International
4:30 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. Closing
Cheryl Greathouse, Second Vice President, APCO International
*During breaks attendees will visit tabletop displays.