Call for Speakers

APCO International invites technology experts, policy leaders, industry partners, wireless service providers, and public safety communications professionals to submit presentation proposals for APCO’s 8th Annual Public Safety Broadband Summit, taking place May 1-2, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA.

The APCO Public Safety Broadband Summit is the premier annual, DC-based opportunity to discuss the latest technology advancements impacting public safety communications networks.

Respond to APCO’s Call for Speakers to help further the discussion on a number of timely issues.  All presentations must be of a vendor-neutral, non-marketing, informative, and educational nature. Hurry, the deadline for presentation proposals is Friday, February 9, 2018!

Below is a non-exhaustive list of suggested topics that presenters may wish to consider:

Next Generation 9-1-1
What progress is being made to deploy fully-interoperable Next Generation 9-1-1 capabilities?  What technologies and services are being deployed?  How can Next Generation 9-1-1 be deployed uniformly across the country and seamlessly interoperate with FirstNet?

FirstNet
As deployment of the FirstNet nationwide public safety broadband network progresses, how should public safety professionals be preparing?  How are public safety officials benefitting from FirstNet services?  What technologies are on the horizon?

Cybersecurity
How should public safety networks, devices, and apps be secured?  How should networks be designed to best combat cyber threats?

LTE, 5G, and Infrastructure Technologies
How can LTE network technology be leveraged to meet public safety communications requirements?  What LTE advancements are anticipated?  What innovations and solutions will 5G bring?  How can recent and future advances in wireless infrastructure technology, including small cells, mesh networks, advanced antennas, and deployable networks (including for disaster recovery) provide new coverage and capacity solutions for public safety?

Devices and the Internet of Public Safety Things
What types of devices would FirstNet public safety users most benefit from?  How could such devices be designed to meet public safety requirements, including in hostile environments?  What kinds of sensors and machine-to-machine types of devices can be leveraged for public safety?

Smart City and Intelligent Highway Technology
What types of smart city and intelligent highway technologies are being developed?  How can these technologies support public safety and emergency response, and be integrated into Next Generation 9-1-1 systems?

Mobile Apps
How can apps revolutionize the role of the first responder?  What existing apps serve a public safety or emergency response purpose, and how can ideas for new apps fill the unmet needs of public safety communications centers and first responders?  What is needed before mobile apps play a role in 9-1-1 services?

Data Analytics and Cloud Computing
How can innovative data analytics tools improve PSAP operations and create new efficiencies in predicting and responding to both typical and large-scale response scenarios?  How can cloud-based services be leveraged to support public safety communications?

Broadband Implications for PSAP Training and Workforce
Building upon APCO’s Project 43 report on Broadband Implications for the PSAP, how will broadband technologies impact issues such as training, skills, education, stress management, recruitment, and retention for PSAPs?

Social Media
How is social media being employed today by public safety agencies to engage with the public and serve as a tool in emergency response?

Next Generation Alerting
How do various alerting platforms and technologies help advance public safety?

Wireless 9-1-1 Location Accuracy
Implementation is well underway of the FCC’s new rules for enhanced 9-1-1 location accuracy, with broadband-based wireless location technologies at the forefront.  How can stakeholders achieve the gold standard for indoor 9-1-1 location accuracy – a dispatchable location?  What other technologies and services can be leveraged to provide advanced location accuracy solutions?

Evaluation Criteria
Historical data from surveys and evaluation of previous events will be used to analyze potential attendee interest in the topics proposed, as well as the speaker’s ability to provide a high-quality session.  Proposals will also be evaluated based on the quality, timeliness, relevance, practicality, and focus of the topic.  Submissions that include references promoting or marketing a product or service will be disqualified from consideration.

Presenter Registration
As a primary presenter, panel leader, or panelist, you’ll receive one (1) full, two-day registration.  APCO International is unable to offer any additional compensation to cover travel expenses for the presenters at the Broadband Summit & Expo.

Submissions must be sent via the Call for Speakers portal.  Please direct any questions to Mark Reddish (ReddishM@apcointl.org) before the submission deadline.