2016 Program

Monday, May 16

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome
Brent Lee, President, APCO International
8:35 a.m. – 9:50 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. 
Frederick Scalera, Bureau Chief, Interoperability Communications Bureau, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; Captain David M. Brady, New Jersey State Police Communications Bureau; Michael Rohrbacher, RF/LMR Engineering Manager, Department of Information Technology, State of New Mexico
9:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Tech Talks *
IoPST: Devices, Networks and Systems
The Internet of Public Safety Things (IoPST) is an exciting emerging technology that has the potential for improving public safety and saving lives. This talk will discuss and show examples of multiple types of wearable and non-wearable IoPST sensors and devices, and provide an overview of how they are connected and used within practical systems. IoPST connectivity architectures will also be discussed, and real-world live demonstrations of multiple devices and systems connected to both Band14/FirstNet and commercial networks will be conducted. 
Mike Wengrovitz, VP of Innovation, Mutualink
Using Video Games to Demonstrate Public Safety Broadband to Firefighters
The OhioFirst.Net Program has developed an innovative video game designed to teach firefighters the vision of public safety broadband. The video game demonstrates a scenario where the player performs a rescue during a structural fire using current technology, and then a second scenario where the player performs the same rescue with enhanced situational awareness made possible through public safety broadband. The video game demonstrates that with this enhanced situational awareness, rescues can be performed in a fraction of the time and with increased safety to the first responder. The session includes a presentation describing the video game, development and publication, and concludes with a live demonstration. 
Kelly Castle, Program Manager, OhioFirst.Net Program; Brandon Abley, Televate
ESInet and Network Management- A Case Study
Chuck will review the implementation of various technology tools (Network Management, Wireshark servers, Call Processing Dashboard) that he has deployed in the Palm Beach County ESInet. He will also walk through scenarios where these tools have assist in identifying issues (DDoS attack, network failures, call quality degradation).  
Chuck Spalding, 9-1-1 Director, Palm Beach County, FL
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address
The Honorable Frank Pallone, U.S. House of Representatives
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Next Generation Tech Policy-Makers Panel
Hear from key policy-makers discussing timely issues impacting the deployment of next generation services. 
Moderator: Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel & Director of Government Relations, APCO International
Panelists: David Furth, Deputy Bureau 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 A. Spears-Dean, Ph.D., Public Safety Communications Coordinator, Integrated Services Program (ISP), Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 9-1-1 Location Accuracy Update
Get the latest on efforts by public safety organizations and the wireless industry to improve location accuracy for wireless 9-1-1 calls made indoors. 
Matthew Gerst, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA; Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel & Director of Government Relations, APCO International
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location Tech Demo
The greatest mission for 9-1-1 response is to reliably and efficiently pinpoint callers’ locations. Citizens calling from indoor multi-story, densely-populated areas are often unaware that their location cannot be identified. Small cell technology and smart data analysis may provide means to help responders find people indoors. Learn about technologies designed to better determine callers’ INDOOR locations and how existing and emerging systems can make the display of this location information more usable and more understandable. 
John Snapp, VP, Sr. Technical Officer, West
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Indoor Location Accuracy using Enterprise Wi-Fi in Real-Time
An overview of the architecture involved with tapping into the real-time device location capabilities of Enterprise Wi-Fi networks. Included will be a discussion about the benefits and incentives for both Public Safety and Enterprises.
Marc Linsner, Consulting Engineer, Cisco
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Modernizing the Nation’s 9-1-1 System
APCO welcomes Commissioner Rosenworcel back to discuss her views on how to modernize the nation’s 9-1-1 system.
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
4:30- 5:15 p.m. NG9-1-1 & FirstNet
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, Comm Center & 911 Services, APCO International
5:15 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Closing

Tuesday, May 17

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Welcome
Cheryl Greathouse, 1st VP, APCO International
8:35 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Keynote: FirstNet Update
Hear the latest updates regarding FirstNet’s progress toward implementing the nationwide, interoperable, public safety broadband network. 
Michael Poth, CEO, FirstNet
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Securing Public Safety Networks
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 NG9-1-1 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. 
Jay English, Director, Comm Center & 911 Services, APCO International
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. DoD Applications of LTE: Lessons Learned for Public Safety
The US Department of Defense has been exploring next generation wireless communications in tactical environments for several years. This presentation will discuss some current DoD wireless initiatives and their relevance to the Public Safety community and FirstNet. 
Mark Raczynski, Wireless Broadband Architect, General Dynamics Mission Systems
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OEC and the New Emergency Communications Landscape
The long-term goal of interoperability, fueled by technological evolution and greater coordination among stakeholders, promises to improve emergency communications. The DHS Office of Emergency Communications is dedicated to helping stakeholders seize opportunities afforded by the evolving interoperability landscape. In particular, OEC can help the public safety community prepare for the deployment of FirstNet. While FirstNet will provide the network upon which data will be carried, it will be incumbent upon individual agencies to decide which databases and under what circumstances they will share information. This issue of “data interoperability” is one that public safety encounters today on commercial mobile data systems, and solving it is as much about governance and standard operating procedures, as it is about technology.  OEC has been working with states to update their Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans to integrate these data interoperability issues. Furthermore, OEC provides training and support in every state and territory on emergency communications issues. OEC Director Ronald T. Hewitt will provide an overview of these important services and how they can benefit stakeholders.
Ronald T. Hewitt, Director, DHS Office of Emergency Communications
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Tech Talks: LTE *
1:00 – 1:20 p.m. Local Control in the Public Safety Enterprise
FirstNet will be on hand to share its vision of Local Control and how its introduction will impact Public Safety Entities and developers supporting PSEs as the NPSBN rolls out and reaches its full potential. The presentation will introduce PSEs to the full scope of Local Control, provide an in depth look at elements such as Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP), inform PSEs of potential impacts to their operations, and provide insight into features of Local Control available only to FirstNet certified developers.
TJ Kennedy, President, FirstNet; Jeff Posner, Senior Applications Architect, FirstNet
1:25- 1:45 p.m. Commercial LTE Networks and Quality of Service for Public Safety
Attendees will learn about the development of public safety priority telecommunication services, dating back to the 1960s, up through the current day. The session will describe the differences between LTE and previous generations of mobile services which enable today’s networks to offer fine grained Quality of Service in ways that weren’t possible before. Attendees will also learn about the enterprise/public safety mobile priority services currently available on multiple carriers, including Wireless Priority Service for voice and offerings from AT&T and other networks for LTE data prioritization. Lastly, the session describes the limitations and trade-offs inherent in any commercial QoS/priority implementation, and how this may relate to future solutions like the FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.
Jeff Carl, Director, Market Development, AT&T
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 5G: The Next Generation of Wireless Broadband
Faster speeds, greater coverage. The future of wireless broadband and what it means for public safety. 
Scott Bergmann, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA; Patrik Ringqvist, Principal Solutions Manager, Industry & Society, Ericsson
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Effective Apps for Public Safety and Emergency Response
APCO staff will moderate a panel of app developers for a discussion on how they’ve addressed APCO’s Key Attributes of Effective Apps for Public Safety and Emergency Response. Hear about innovative solutions and the steps APCO and these developers have taken to address issues such as turning ideas into apps, improving location information, data/battery efficiency, cybersecurity, and operational considerations. 

Moderator: Mark Reddish, Senior Counsel & Manager of Government Relations, APCO International

Panelists: Chris Rider, Director, Center for Applied Informatics, Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics; Britt Kane, Founder & CEO, Intrepid Networks; Tom Karygiannis, VP of Product, Kryptowire

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. FirstNet Apps Overview
An overview of the FirstNet Applications Ecosystem. Topics to be addressed include the applications strategy, vision, and ecosystem components such as app development platform, app store, app testing, certification, and security. 
Jeff Posner, Senior Applications Architect, FirstNet

* Tech Talks are 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.