2019 Program

Program subject to change.

Tuesday, May 21
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Achieving Next Generation 9-1-1 Nationwide
APCO senior staff will address the vision for the future of emergency communications. The presenters will describe the best paths towards modernizing 9-1-1 and providing 9-1-1 professionals with the tools and resources they need to enhance emergency response.
Jay English, Chief Technology Officer, APCO International; Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO International
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Ground Truth: Perspectives of 9-1-1 Center Leaders
Hear from the practitioners – 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 International
Panelists: Karima Holmes, Director, Office of Unified Communications, Washington, DC; Tony Rose, Chief of 911, Charles County, MD; Eddie Reyes, Director, Prince William County, VA Office of Public Safety Communications; Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, City of Philadelphia and Director, Office of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Legislative Update
APCO Chief Counsel Jeff Cohen will discuss efforts on Capitol Hill related to Next Generation 9-1-1 and reclassification of public safety telecommunicators. Senator Cheryl Kagan will then address newly adopted 9-1-1 legislation in Maryland.
Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO International; Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. CTO Panel 1: Getting Information Into Emergency Communications Centers
APCO Chief Technology Officer Jay English will lead a discussion with companies innovating solutions to provide and deliver broadband content to 9-1-1.
Moderated by Jay English, CTO, APCO International
Panelists: Tom Guthrie, VP of Public Safety Operations, RapidSOS; John Rennie, General Manager, NICE Public Safety; Dan Sawicki, Principal Consultant for Command Center Solutions, Motorola Solutions
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Cybersecurity and Public Safety
This series of presentations will explore the cyber-threat landscape for public safety, recent incidents and root causes, and an explanation of key elements of cybersecurity.
Moderated by Jay English, CTO, APCO International
Panelists: Tim Lorello, President & CEO, SecuLore Solutions; Dan Zeiler, Director of Cyber Security, Motorola Solutions
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. The Evolving Role of the Emergency Communications Center
9-1-1 centers have always played a role as a “fusion center” through collection of information through disparate sources, vetting of information, and dissemination of relevant information to first responders. NG9-1-1 will bring a wealth of new information sources in the 9-1-1 centers. How that information will be ingested and digested within centers that are often already overtasked must be considered. Once evaluated, these relevant data sources must be pushed to the responders and incident managers. FirstNet will enable this critical piece. This session will examine the evolving role of the 9-1-1 center and how NG9-1-1 and FirstNet will enable these critical tasks.
David Mulholland, Administrator, Arlington County, VA, Emergency Communications Center; Glenn Archer, Executive Director, National Fusion Center Association; Nicki Tidey, Communications Consultant, Mission Critical Partners; Karima Holmes, Director, Office of Unified Communications, Washington, DC; R. Ross Coates, Chief of Public Safety Communications, Harford County, MD
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Advancing Public Safety Technology: The View from Policy Leaders
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 International
Panelists: Marsha MacBride, Associate Administrator, Office of Public Safety Communications, NTIA; David Furth, Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC
4:30 – 4:35 p.m. Closing Remarks
Wednesday, May 22
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. The Future for 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Centers and FirstNet
This session will present a short, high level overview of past, current and future 9-1-1 Call Delivery Systems, with a current perspective on the relationship between ECCs and FirstNet. In addition, a recently deployed user case from Fulton County, GA, illustrates how FirstNet was used to support a temporary backup communications center.
Randy Kerr, Sr. Public Safety Products Advisor, FirstNet; John Hunt, Sr. Public Safety Advisor, FirstNet
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. The 'Tech to Protect' Challenge
The Public Safety Communications Research Program is launching an exciting new developers contest that will run March – December 2019. The Challenge is titled “Tech To Protect” and will ask for solutions to 10 problems identified by the first responder community. Problems cover the full public safety community; police, fire, EMS, 911 and emergency management. We will discuss emerging technology and provide information on this unique, government-sponsored, open-innovation competition to create powerful software solutions for first responders. Attendees will learn how they can participate and provide input.
Ray Lehr, Retired Fire Chief; Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, FirstNet; Dereck Orr, Division Chief, Public Safety Communications Division, NIST
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. CTO Panel 2: Delivering Actionable Incident Information to Field Responders
APCO Chief Technology Officer Jay English will lead a discussion with companies innovating solutions to enable ECCs to share and exchange data with each other and with responders in the field including FirstNet users.
Moderated by Jay English, CTO, APCO International
Panelists: Randy Richmond, Standards & Regulatory Specialist, Zetron; Charles Werner, Chair, National Council on Public Safety UAS, Walt Kaplan, Account  Manager, RapidDeploy; Stephen Okano, Chief Technology Officer, Mark43
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Leveraging the Internet of Things for Public Safety
The internet of things – or rather, internet of lifesaving things – offers new opportunities and challenges for public safety.
Moderated by Jason Karp, Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network
Panelists: Dennis Burns, Business Development Manager, Advanced RF Technologies; Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, FirstNet
12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Closing Remarks