2013 Program

Monday, May 13, 2013
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit tabletop displays during the breakfast.
Opening Remarks & Featured Presentation: AppComm – the Public Safety Apps Community 
LTE Technology: The Future of Public Safety Communications
Moderator: Andy Seybold
Panelists: Dr. Ken Budka, Alcatel Lucent; Patrik Ringqvist, Ericsson; Hamlet Sarokhanian, Tait Communications; Lt. Col. Tim Miller (Ret.), Motorola Solutions

Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology is fast becoming a ubiquitous, global telecommunications solution. LTE offers improved economies of scale, faster and more reliable access to important data, and dynamic communications options, all of which are tremendous advantages that the public safety community will begin to realize by leveraging this technology. This session will focus on the use and benefits of LTE in the public safety sector.
Launch Requirements for a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
Moderator: Marilyn Ward, NPSTC
Panelists: Barry Luke; Harlin McEwen; Tom Sorley; Andy Thiessen

This session will focus on a review of the Launch Public Safety Statement of Requirements document recently prepared by NPSTC at the request of FirstNet. The document details necessary network and application services which should be available to the public safety community from the new nationwide public safety broadband network.
Leveraging Network Infrastructure to Bring Critical Information to Users
Brian Slaughter, General Dynamics
Smartphone and tablet ubiquity has improved the ability of a user to collect information at the point of an emergency response incident. Additionally, increases in available bandwidth and broader network accessibility have improved the effectiveness of communications at the tactical/operational levels. Yet, improvements in the form of scalable software capable of collecting, disseminating, and aggregating these new sources of information have lagged. This session will discuss how new software designed by General Dynamics will bring near real-time critical information to end users at the lowest levels while leveraging existing devices to bring information from users to decision makers in a seamless, low bandwidth, and sometimes austere network environment.
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit tabletop displays during lunch.
State and Local Planning for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
Opening Keynote Remarks (1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.) – Stephen Fletcher, Associate Administrator, Office of Public Safety Communications, NTIA
Panel Session (1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Moderator: Jeff Cohen, APCO International; Panelists – Brett Hahn, Deloitte; Joe Ross, Televate

The NTIA recently announced a federal funding opportunity to describe the requirements for grants under the State and Local Implementation Grant Program. This program highlights the important role states will play in the build out and development of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). But it also underscores the need for states and localities to be prepared for the myriad challenges associated with the build out.  This session will introduce some of the major issues all states will have to address when preparing for the NPSBN while considering various business models to effectively and efficiently deploy the network.
Business Modeling/Benchmarking; Governance Policy and Management
Moderator: Cynthia Cole, APCO Broadband Committee;
Panelists: Dominic Arcuri; Robert LeGrande, The Digital Decision; Andy Seybold; Joe Ross; and Brad Stoddard, APCO Broadband Committee Members
During this presentation, two APCO Broadband Committee subcommittees will offer updates on their important work. The Business Modeling and Benchmarking subcommittee will provide insight on how states can work with FirstNet to catalog and value assets for the build out of the network. The Governance Policy and Management subcommittee will then offer recommendations for State and Local Governance of the NPSBN.
Building the FirstNet Nationwide Network: Architecture Solutions
Moderator: Jeff Cohen, APCO International
Panelists: Mark Graham, Harris; Michael Jacobs, Booz Allen Hamilton; Randy Jenkins, Aviat; Mohan Tammisetti, Thales Communications, Inc.
Public safety is moving forward with a much-needed interoperable, nationwide public safety broadband network. This session will describe innovative architectural scenarios leveraging edge-centric distributed LTE solutions integrated with centralized LTE architecture. The architecture must support reliability, resiliency, security, next generation one-to-many “push to comm” services, and localized control to meet critical requirements for public safety. The unique needs of first responders will drive innovative solutions for the NPSBN.
NG9-1-1: Implementation and FirstNet Deployment
Moderator: Jay English, APCO International
Panelists: Kyle Connor, Cassidian Communications; Michael Ernst, AT&T; John Chiaramonte, National 911 Resource Center; Dr. Walt Magnussen; Texas A&M University; Jay Malin, Agent 511

Next generation, IP-based broadband networks will allow PSAPs to process new technologies, including text messages and other forms of data. This session explores lessons learned from early technology adopters while highlighting new opportunities to integrate FirstNet planning and implementation with Next Generation 9-1-1 networks.
Day 1 Closing Remarks 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit tabletop displays during the breakfast.
Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation
Chief Charles Dowd, FirstNet Board Member
Fostering an Ecosystem for Public Safety Apps
Special Presentations followed by interactive discussion
Applications, or “apps” have the potential to vastly improve the  effectiveness and efficiency of today’s first responders. APCO and other  organizations have recognized the importance these tools will have for the  public safety community. This panel will consider policies, resources, and  opportunities that can support the development of world class public  safety apps.
Moderator: Jeff Cohen, APCO International
Brian Forde, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer for  Mobile and Data Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Jo Strang, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/Chief Safety Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
“FirstNet and Public Safety Apps”
Peters Suh, Consultant to FirstNet
“FirstNet Perspective on Public Safety Apps”
Matt Goldfeder, Senior Director, Health & Safety Product Management,  American Red Cross
“The American Red Cross and Apps: The Why and the How”
Scott Agnew, Director of Market Development – Public Safety Solutions,  AT&T
“Public Safety: I need an App for that.  Third-Party Apps, In-House App  Development, and Application Platforms”
Leveraging Mobile Apps for Public Safety Use
Moderator: Mark Reddish, APCO International
Panelists: Dr. Ashok Agrawala, M-Urgency; Phil Kouwe, Hangar14; Adam Tolk, GridMeNow
This presentation discusses the multiple options public safety has for deploying mission critical applications to the field. Innovators in the public safety apps space will offer demonstrations of apps that are already making a difference in the public safety community. This interactive session will provide insight into the development process, implementation challenges, and solutions that will thrive with the build out of the nationwide public safety broadband network.
Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst: Modern Communications Technologies for First Responders
Moderator: Jay English, APCO International
Panelists: Dr. Vanu Bose, Vanu, Inc.; Daniel Devasirvatham, Wi-Plan; Jeff Robble, MITRE; Douglas Sharp, Oceus Networks

Disaster preparedness and response will be especially critical for the nationwide public safety broadband network. In the face of major natural or man-made physical forces, FirstNet should have multiple options at its disposal to maintain critical communications capabilities. This session will present an overview of technologies that can assist communications restoration in the event of an emergency.
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit tabletop displays during lunch.
Network Vision from Sprint and Opportunities for Public/Private Partnerships for Public Safety Broadband
Greg Najjar, Director, Custom Network Engineering, Sprint Nextel Corporation
Network Vision is Sprint’s plan to consolidate multiple network technologies into one new, seamless network supporting 3G and 4G technologies, with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers across the United States. Sprint will describe how its Network Vision solution for advanced wireless communications is well-suited to providing various options for partnerships with FirstNet to promote deployment of the public safety broadband network.
Cybersecurity for Public Safety: Protecting Data
Moderator: Roger Wespe, APCO International
Panelists: Dale “Dr. Z” Zabriskie, Symantec; Jim Bugel, AT&T; Don Hewatt, Verizon Terremark Public Sector; John Facella, RCC Consultants, Inc.
Safeguarding the public safety broadband network and its sensitive data from cyber threats will be an evolving challenge and will require a coordinated effort among all stakeholders. Panelists will discuss emerging threats typical of modern, LTE-based broadband platforms, and help outline some of the initial steps that need to be taken to secure the information riding on the network.
New Devices, New Risk: Managing Mission Critical Data
Moderator: Roger Wespe, APCO International
Panelists: Mark Adams, Northrop Grumman; Leslie Andresen, General Dynamics C4 Systems; Jay Barbour, Blackberry; Keith McFarland, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
New public safety devices will have the ability to transmit video, data, and voice on a dedicated broadband network for first responders. These devices will carry important information, but in the wrong hands they have the potential to cause great harm. Panelists will discuss ways to manage and secure devices as well as the stored information within them.
9th Annual Public Safety Communications Leadership in Policy Awards Dinner
APCO’s Leadership in Policy Awards Dinner is being held May 14, 2013 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. If you are attending the Broadband Summit, we invite you to also join us for the Leadership Dinner. The Dinner requires a separate registration fee. 
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