2018 Program

Tuesday, May 1
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35 a.m. Welcome
8:35 – 9:30 a.m. APCO's Vision for NG9-1-1
APCO senior staff will orient attendees with its vision for the future of emergency communications. Using a scenario, the presenters will describe how 9-1-1 professionals will use broadband tools to enhance emergency response, and what new ways of thinking will be needed to get us there. 
Jay English, Chief Technology Officer, APCO International; Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO International
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Innovative Approaches to 9-1-1 Call Handling Solutions
New technologies offer additional options and features for advanced call handling. Learn some of the ways these new capabilities can become available to PSAPs.
Eyal Elyashiv, Chief Operating Officer, Carbyne
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. The Future of Command and Control
How leveraging the cloud and GIS, and employing scalable solutions can reduce response time and lead to better outcomes.
Steven Raucher, CEO, RapidDeploy
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Solutions To Solve Tomorrow’s Interoperability Problems
As we implement continuously more numerous and sophisticated solutions into our public safety communications ecosystem, we encounter more interoperability issues than ever. In this session, learn how open, cloud-based services can connect the disparate communications elements of tomorrow. We will do this by looking to examples that already exist today to solve interoperability issues in popular consumer technologies in ways you have not even realized.
Brandon Abley, Public Safety Communications Consultant, Televate LLC
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. CTO Panel 1: Inputs to NG9-1-1
APCO CTO Jay English will lead a discussion with companies innovating solutions to provide and deliver broadband content to 9-1-1.
Moderated by Jay English, Chief Technology Officer, APCO
Panelists: Eyal Elyashiv, Chief Operating Officer, Carbyne; Doug Kesser, Director, Safety and Security Technologies, Comtech Telecommunications Corp.; Randy Richmond, Standards & Regulatory Specialist, Zetron, Inc.
1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Emergency Communications and Social Media
This presentation will touch on best practices used in the District of Columbia to respond to emergency incidents using social media and other media outlets – how that information is managed and what roles are involved in the dissemination. It will also present tools and key resources to allow a PSAP to carefully use social media to its advantage, while leveraging the presence associated with it. Further, the value of timely situational awareness concerning network outages will also be discussed.
Karima Holmes, Director, Washington, DC Office of Unified Communications
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. The Connected Responder
This session will profile emerging connected vehicle technologies, which will have significant impact on improving the safety of first responders and efficiency of operations. It will also examine the ability to interface with public safety in-vehicle and wearable technologies and how all information can be leveraged within operation, command, and dispatch centers. A model business case for the use of connected vehicle technology will be presented.
David Mulholland, Administrator, Arlington County (VA) Emergency Communications Center
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Improving 9-1-1 Location Accuracy
As wireless carriers implement FCC rules aimed at improving 9-1-1 location accuracy including indoors, the opportunity to leverage newer technologies grows.
Moderated by Mark Reddish, Senior Counsel and Manager of Government Relations, APCO
Panelists: Steve Malkos, Technical Program Manager, Google, Inc.; Eric Hagerson, Principal Manager, Federal Regulatory Affairs, T-Mobile USA
3:45- 4:45 p.m. Next Gen Tech Policymakers
Hear from key policymakers discussing timely issues impacting the deployment of next generation services. 
Moderated by Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO
Panelists: David Furth, Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC;  Tim Kurth, Deputy Chief Counsel, Communications & Technology Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee; Gerald Leverich, Counsel, Communications & Technology Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee; Dorothy Spears-Dean, Public Safety Communications Manager, Integrated Services Program, Virginia Information Technologies Program
Wednesday, May 2
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35 a.m. Welcome
8:35 – 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 – 9:30 a.m. FirstNet Is Here!
FirstNet and its commercial partner AT&T are beginning their first deployments. Hear about the experience including new devices suited to public safety.
Alex Rafii, Federal Manager, FirstNet Program, AT&T; Dave Buchanan, Director of Consultation, FirstNet
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. FirstNet, the Internet of Public Safety Things, and Smart Cities
The Internet of Things is a 2018 phenomenon which is marching through factories, buildings, homes, cities and government. Every elected official wants their community to be a “smart community,” and each is deploying Internet-connected devices to manage traffic, street lights, electrical grids and other infrastructure.  First responders themselves as well as their vehicles and equipment are being outfitted with smart devices connected to each other and cellular networks. A Smart Community must, first and foremost, be a Safe Community. How will FirstNet enable communities to be both safe and smart?
Scott Agnew, Assistant Vice President, FirstNet Solutions, AT&T; Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, FirstNet; Ray Lehr, retired Assistant Chief Baltimore City Fire Department, Senior Consultant, LGI
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Why NG9-1-1 Might Actually be MORE Cyber Secure Than Legacy E9-1-1 Networks
Cybersecurity often has a chilling effect on public safety agencies that are considering the deployment of NG9-1-1 systems. Because NG9-1-1 is an all-IP network, many believe this makes these systems more vulnerable to cyber-attack. However, evidence is beginning to show that NG9-1-1 networks will be more cyber secure than current systems. This talk will explore the cybersecurity challenges facing legacy and NG9-1-1 systems, provide comparative evidence, and discuss why an NG9-1-1 system might actually be more safe.
Tim Lorello, President & CEO, SecuLore Solutions
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Emergency Communications Cybersecurity Center (EC3)
This discussion will illustrate the need to implement cybersecurity best practices and secure, monitored, redundant, and resilient core cyber capabilities. The EC3 concept can serve to provide information sharing and cooperative cyber defense strategies and opportunities.
Moderated by Jay English, Chief Technology Officer, APCO
Panelist: Admiral Ron Hewitt, Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. CTO Panel 2: From the PSAP to the Field
APCO CTO Jay English will lead a discussion with companies innovating solutions to enable PSAPs to share and exchange data with each other and with responders in the field including FirstNet users.
Moderated by Jay English, Chief Technology Officer, APCO
Panelists: Steven Raucher, CEO, RapidDeploy; Tony Martwick, Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Strategic Partnerships, Intrepid Networks
1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Recent and Upcoming Improvements to Emergency Alerts
New advances in alerting technology are on the verge of being implemented. This session will address the AWARN (Advanced Warning and Response Network) next-generation terrestrial broadcasting technology as well as recent enhancements to Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).
Moderated by Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO
Panelists: John Lawson, Executive Director, AWARN Alliance.
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. 5G: Next Generation Broadband Implications for Public Safety
Faster speeds, greater coverage. The future of wireless broadband and what it means for public safety.
Scott Bergmann, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. 9-1-1 Practitioner Perspectives
Hear from the practitioners – local area directors of 9-1-1 centers – on what they need to achieve the vision of an advanced, broadband-enabled, emergency communications solution.
Moderated by Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO
Panelists: Karima Holmes, Director, Washington, DC Office of Unified Communications; David Mulholland, Administrator, Arlington County (VA) Emergency Communications Center; Nicki Tidey, E-911 Center Director & Public Safety Communications Network Manager, Orange County (VA) Emergency Communications Center
3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Advocacy Priorities for NG9-1-1 and 4.9 GHz
APCO’s Chief Counsel will provide a brief update on the goals for federal legislation to support NG9-1-1 and the association’s advocacy to preserve and expand public safety’s use of dedicated spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band.
Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO