2019 Program

Program subject to change.

Tuesday, May 21
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: David J. Redl
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
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
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Legislative Update

Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO International
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
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; Scott Boggs, Director, Public Safety and Homeland Security Division, Metro Washington Council of Governments
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; Gerald Leverich, Counsel, Communications & Technology Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee
4:30 – 4:35 p.m. Closing Remarks
Wednesday, May 22
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome & Keynote
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Getting to Dispatchable Location for All 9-1-1 Calls
Developments in 9-1-1 location technology are coming from multiple directions, with improvements consistently being made. Driven by consumer-focused technologies, federal regulations, and recent federal legislation, industry representatives will describe the trends impacting 9-1-1 location accuracy.
Moderated by Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations, APCO International
Panelists: TBA
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
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 and Social Media
The Internet of Things – or rather, Internet of Lifesaving Things – and social media offer new opportunities and challenges for ECCs.
Moderated by TJ Kennedy, Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network
Panelists: Greg Najjar, Director of Business Development, Advanced RF Technologies; D. Todd Spence, Director/Paramedic, Sevier County, TN,  E911 Central Dispatch
12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Closing Remarks