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Tuesday, 20 November – Pre-conference Training Workshops/Masterclasses

The pre-conference training workshops are in addition to conference packages. Tickets can be purchased separately or with the one or two day conference packages. Each workshop is purchased separately. Limited availability.

Wednesday, 21 November – Day 1 Conference

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS: Paul Davis — Events Director, WFevents followed by the Chair: Kit Wignall — DXC Technology

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: FirstNet and the global development of public safety wireless communications
Mike Poth 
— Chief Executive Officer, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Michael’s presentation will give an overview of the current developments involved in the FirstNet rollout across the USA. As the eco-structure develops, international strategies are beginning to form in areas that include global standards for terminal devices and the applications that will generate the greatest benefits for public safety, both in the USA and around the world. This keynote will touch on many of the new developments as seen through the eyes of one of the world’s first public safety wireless broadband networks.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Innovation and partnerships in technology: how the Los Angeles Police Department is meeting tomorrow’s challenges today
Lieutenant Dan Gomez ― Innovation & Strategic Planning Division, Los Angeles Police Department 

Our speaker has been the Chief Technology Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).  During that time, he has both led and witnessed fantastic improvements to how they leverage innovative new technologies to improve both community and officer safety.
Lieutenant Gomez will share with delegates how LAPD strategically identifies, plans, procures and implements exciting new capabilities such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, Public Safety Mobile Broadnet (FirstNet for our US visitors), body worn cameras, cloud computing and advanced analytics.
Finally, he will share with us how the LAPD is engaging in a wide range of partnerships that both help them fund their innovation and also allow for unique opportunities to work collaboratively with the private sector

10.15am-11.15am Morning Break

Public safety & emergency management



Next-Generation Critical Communications programme — a sector approach
Chris Goldsmith — Programme Manager, New Zealand Emergency Services  


Getting to 5G using innovative fixed wireless technology
Eddie Stephanou — Regional Technical Manager – ANZ, Cambium Networks

PTT over LTE for mining operations
Ian Hastie — Wireless Systems Specialist, Link Information Technologies (LINKIT)

BroadWay — procuring innovation to enable pan-European mobile broadband for public safety 
Dr David Lund
— Vice President — Public Safety Communications Europe/ Coordinator — BroadMap

Wireless mesh networks explained and applied – what can they do for you?
Grant Jamieson — Satellite System Engineer, Wireless Innovation

LTE underground – can it be done?
Simon Lardner
— Director, Challenge Networks

Technologies and innovations for critical communication industries
Dr Yong Chang — Senior Director, Global Mobile B2B Team, Samsung Electronics

Unifying critical communications
Nick Rayner
— Unify Product Line Manager, Tait Communications

12.45pm-2.00pm – Lunch Break

How QAS and NSWA are working collaboratively on how to share technology platforms
Geoff Waterhouse — Senior Project Manager, Radio Telecommunications Capital Works Programme, NSW Ambulance

Critical messaging — saving money, saving lives
Graeme Hull — Director of Business Development, Swissphone Wireless

ACMA update
Speaker to be confirmed

Surviving Hurricane Maria: Lessons with P25 Interoperable Systems

Rudy Torres — Director, EFJohnson, a division of JCVKENWOOD

Nlets — the International Justice and Public Safety Network
Steve Correll
— Executive Director, Nlets
Wyatt Pettengill — Vice-President, Nlets
Leon Frederick — President, Nlets

A smart world — so what?
William Heapy — Director of Planning and Strategy, Axicom

3.00pm-3.30pm – Afternoon Break

Tasmania Police leveraging the cloud to improve officer safety via body worn cameras

Senior Sergeant Marco Ghedini — Business Improvement Unit, Strategic Projects, Tasmania Police

Converging parallels between automated vehicles and driverless trains
Rodrigo Alvarez — Practice Director, Rail Systems Australia

Key roadblocks holding back the IoT  
Justin Wyatt
— Principal Consultant, Titan ICT             

Making autonomous shuttles a public reality
Erik van Vulpen — Manager Centre for Technology Infusion, La Trobe University

Disruptive technologies – what do you need to know?
Graeme Stanley — Director – Public Safety Innovation, Motorola Solutions

Panel discussion: The growing footprint of IoT – application, delivery and outcomes
Panel: Justin Wyatt
— Principal Consultant, Titan ICT, Brett Orr — General Manager, Bigmate, William Heapy — Director of Planning and Srategy, Axicom

Panel discussion: 3GPP in Australia
Moderator: Inspector Ged Griffin — Victoria Police
Panel: Tony Gray — CEO, TCCA, Tero Pesonen — Chairman, Critical Communications Broadband Group, Kevin Graham — Director, ATTCF/Managing Director, Global Digital Solutions

Networking Drinks – Exhibition Hall
sponsored by Wireless Innovation

ARCIA Annual Industry Gala Dinner
Convention Centre

Thursday, 22 November – Day 2 Conference


PLENARY ADDRESS: An update on the status of Australia’s Public Safety Mobile Broadband
Luke Brown Assistant Secretary, Disaster Resilience Strategy Branch, Emergency Management Australia

Luke’s presentation will give an overview of the developments in Australia’s progress towards a national, interoperable public safety mobile broadband capability. Luke’s presentation will look at the imminent proof of concept exercise aimed at identifying the preferred service delivery model for a commercial hybrid solution, and will touch on the challenges of delivering such a capability in a multi-functional environment.

PLENARY ADDRESS: Empowering public safety with lifesaving technologies
TJ Kennedy — Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network

This presentation will consider the following areas:

  1. Public safety paradigm shift.
  2. Public safety technology shifts.
  3. New public safety communications ecosystem.
  4. Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST).

PLENARY ADDRESS: Mission-critical communication of the 21st century
Karim Nejaim
Director, Global Enterprise Product Engineering, Telstra 

Mission-critical communications are the lifeblood of many industries and the technology is evolving at an unparalleled pace.  The 3GPP Forum has standardised MCPTT and future capabilities, and the development of new devices and ecosystems is evolving at an unprecedented rate to deliver for industries from emergency services to the mining sector. 5G is already being enabled in Australia and the opportunities appear boundless from fleet management and automation to high-definition video for operations centres, and the latest information in the field.  However, Australia’s geography provides challenges with coverage and capacity, and co-existence with legacy technology will be an important feature as we move forward into the 21st century.

Public safety & emergency management


Finnish Critical Communications

What’s it all about – 5G?
Roger Kane — Managing Director, Vicom Australia

Finnish critical communications — success in cooperation
Tero Pesonen —  Finnish representative in TCCA board

Application of PTT to a layered communications environment
Anneke Dorgelo
— Principal Officer, Communications Capability, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services

5G roadmap: pipe dream to reality
Dale Stacey — Technical Director, SAT Pty

Deep dive into key solutions to enable successful field operation
Speakers from Insta DefSec, Bandercom and Beaconsim, Codea, Mentura Group and Roger-GPS

Looking under the bonnet of 5G and it’s Over the Air RF performance
Steve Karandais — General Manager, Keysight Technologies

Requirements for broadband to meet the critical communications sector demand
Speakers from Bittium, Cloudstreet, and Nokia

12.30pm-1.00pm – Lunch Break

Public safety & emergency management



Li-Fi: mobility for the 2020s
Lawrence McKenna — Telecommunications Section Manager, Wood & Grieve Engineers

5G and the environment for safe work at heights
Tony Paul — AMTA RF Safety Program Manager & Principal, PicoNet Consulting and Mike Wood — GM EME Strategy, Governance & Risk Management

Reliable everywhere communications
Keith Richardson
— Technical Manager,Applied Satellite Technology Australia (ASTA)

Rethinking two-way radio intrinsic safety – NSW Fire & Rescue
Paul Barnes — Director IT Operations & Communications, NSW Fire & Rescue

Critical communications roadmap for NSW
James Corkill — Wireless Solution Architect, NSW Telco Authority

3.00pm-3.30pm – Afternoon Break

CLOSING PANEL SESSION: The Q&A of PSMB – what have we learned, or more importantly what do we still need to learn?

This Q&A panel session will see your questions being answered by our international panel of experts. Questions can be submitted throughout the conference over the three days, as well as directly during the session, and our panel will both respond to and debate the issues raised.

Panel: TJ Kennedy — Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network, Duncan Swan — Director, Mason Advisory, UK, Dr David Lund — Vice President — Public Safety Communications Europe/ Coordinator — BroadMap, Tero Pesonen — Chairman, Critical Communications Broadband Group, other panel members TBC

Moderator: Ian Miller — Executive Officer, ARCIA

4.30pm – Conference Closes