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Tuesday, 21 November – Pre-conference Workshops

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.

Workshop 1a: LTE 101 — Its strengths, weaknesses and application
followed by
Workshop 1b: Private networks in the Gold Field

Workshop 2: Delivering project and engineering excellence on converged network upgrades

Workshop 3: Public safety mobile broadband: global trends — national decisions

Workshop 4: M2M & IoT — the impact on public safety

Workshop 5: Building a radio network from the ground up — an independent view on planning components required to deliver a private land mobile network

Workshop 3: Public safety mobile broadband: global trends — national decisions

Workshop 6: Improving situational awareness in emergencies using social media

Workshop 7: Back to the future — digital land mobile radio and business critical broadband

Wednesday, 22 November

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS: Paul Davis — Events Director, WFevents followed by the Chair: Kit Wignall — UXC Consultinga & Coffee

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:  Finding the balance — privacy and security
Michael Doucet is an extremely well-respected leader in the public safety information management community in Canada. He has a vast amount of experience in the policing and intelligence community. Michael frequently speaks on national security, public safety and the balance between security and privacy.  He will share the themes of his 2016 white paper on the state of technology in Canada and outline how it relates to privacy and security in Canada, the United States, and internationally.  Complementing this talk will be insights on the delicate balance between privacy and security.

Michael Doucet — Executive Director, Security Intelligence Review Committee, Canadaffee

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The FirstNet wireless LTE network and the Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST)
Mr Kennedy will provide an overview and update on the US FirstNet network.  He will also discuss how creating an LTE network just for public safety is creating a public safety ecosphere for the Internet of Life Saving Things.

TJ Kennedy — President, First Responder Network Authority & Coffee

Morning Break

Public safety & emergency management



Public safety mobile broadband in Australia — next steps

Luke Brown — Assistant Secretary (a/g), Disaster Resilience Strategy Branch, Emergency Management Australia

The future for critical messaging

Brad Welch — General Manager, TPL Systems Asia Pacific

Operational communications — the next wave

Kate Foy – Managing Director, NSW Telco Authority

Is satellite able to fill the gap?

Neil Jamieson — Managing Director, Wireless Innovation

Lunch Break

The public safety-LTE network for Korea

Jinhong Sim — Chief Manager of Safe-Net Project Division, Ministry of the Interior and Safety, South Korea

Trends in LTE

Justin Wyatt — Principal Consultant, Titan ICT

Drones, robots and public safety mobile broadband — the future of firefighting

Station Officer Graham Tait — Systems Officer, Operational Communications, Fire & Rescue NSW and Peter Loenen — MFB RPAS Program Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Melbourne

Unifying critical communications

Ross Spearman — Chief Technology Officer, Tait Communications

Cybersecurity for industrial control networks

Manoj Kumar – Cyber Security Manager, CommTel Network Solutions

Afternoon Break

Integrated operations using smart connected networks

Stuart Zerbe — Director, Marketing & Strategy, Harris

TETRA in Brisbane Hotel and Casino

Malcolm Davies — Account Manager, Radlink Communications

Panel session: What steps need to be taken by the critical communications industry/community to place our requirements at the core of future converged networks?

Panel: Inspector (Ret.) Lance Valcour O.O.M — Life Member, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Hamish Duff — President, ARCIA, Alex Stefan – National General Manager, Government and Public Safety & Security, Telstra, Mike Norfield — Group CEO, Simoco

Moderator: Peter ClemonsFounder & CEO, Quixoticity, Chief Designer, Quixoticity Index

Wireless fabric for smart cities

Roy Wittert — Regional Sales Director – Australia, NZ and Pacific Islands, Cambium Networks

Researching to support the transformation of the mission-critical public safety ecosystem

Professor Greg Foliente — Enterprise Professor, Melbourne School of Engineering/Manager, Centre for Disaster Management & Public Safety, the University of Melbourne

Panel Session: What steps need to be taken by critical communications industry/community to place our requirements at the core of future converged networks?


DAY 1 CLOSING PLENARYA new kind of network to empower everyone to thrive in a connected world
Network evolution to 5G and IoT is opening new ways for people and organisations to thrive.  From consumers to mission critical communications for transportation, mining and public safety, mobile broadband is empowering Australians everywhere.

Karim Nejam — Director, Global Enterprise Product Engineer, Telstra& Coffee

Networking Drinks – Exhibition Hall

ARCIA Annual Industry Gala Dinner – MCEC

Thursday, 23 November


PLENARY ADDRESS: Radiocommunications legislation a platform for the future
This presentation will outline the proposed new radiocommunications legislative framework as we move even further into the wireless world. Technology and consumer demands for radiofrequency spectrum are changing rapidly. The Australian Government is developing legislation that enables the spectrum regulator, the Australian Communications & Media Authority, to be able to proactively adapt and meet this demand. Here the Department of Communications & the Arts will outline the proposed  new legislative framework, which has been developed with significant input from ARCIA as the voice of the wireless communications industry.

Speaker to be confirmed — Department of Communications and the Arts & Coffee

PLENARY ADDRESS: The UK Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme — a technical insight into its delivery
Whilst EE is providing the Mobile Services and Motorola Solutions the User Services, the UK Home Office has engaged KBR as its Delivery Partner for the ESMCP.  Mason Advisory – a UK-based IT Advisory firm – is a core element of the KBR Delivery Partner team with skills focusing on design and technical assurance.
Starting with an overview of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme and the role of the Delivery Partner, this paper will more importantly offer insights into the underlying technical architecture of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) and the design and assurance principles for this critical communications initiative. Read more…

Duncan Swan — Director, Mason Advisory, UK & Coffee

Morning Break

Public safety & emergency management



Improving the visibility and reliability of Jemena customer and general service teams within the utility sector using digital two-way radio

Steven Oliver — Team Leader, Despatch, Jemena and Glen Norris — National Business Developmnet Manager, Orion Network

BroadMap to BroadWay: steps towards European interoperable broadband for public safety

Dr David Lund — Coordinator — BroadMap/Board Member — Public Safety Communications Europe

How IoT is revolutionising fleet management

Vince Jager — Vice President, KORE Asia Pacific

The patient journey — the ambulance as an enhanced means of patient care

Geoff Waterhouse — Senior Project Manager, Radio Telecommunications Capital Works Programme, NSW Ambulance

IoT and the real world

Wayne Eather — Business Development Manager, Swivelpole

Lunch Break

Inter-agency CAD Electronic Message System (ICEMS)

Garry Kerr — Project Manager, Queensland Public Safety Business Agency

In-Building RF: More than just talk

Franz Obermoser — Telecommunications Project Engineer, Wood & Grieve Engineers

Public safety communications and the ‘Incident of Things’ IoT

Matt Wroughton — Business Development Manager, Excelerate Technology

Enhancing safe work at heights near radio sites

Tony Paul – AMTA RF Safety Program Manager, Principal, PicoNet Consulting

The future connected worker

Trevor Oleksuk — QLD, SA & VIC Minerals and Energy Business Development Manager, Motorola Solutions

Next-generation networks — what does the future look like?

Greg Bouwmeester — Public Safety Solutions, Motorola Solutions

Afternoon Break

CLOSING PANEL SESSION: Public safety mobile broadband — the way forward for critical communications in Australia
This panel session will bring together members who will discuss public safety mobile broadband and the way ahead in Australia. While this single issue has been at the forefront of conversations for a number of years, many experts, including those on our panel, believe that it is now critical to broaden the conversation to include the need for a national strategy that covers public safety mobile broadband, next-generation triple zero and their combined impact on emergency services communications centres that outlines the way forward.
Panel members and delegates will discuss, in a facilitated session, various options and points of view on what such a strategy might entail.  This discussion will be invaluable to agencies as they move into the phase of preparing the operational guidelines and the inter-relationships between agencies and jurisdictions for this critical communications development.

Panel members: tbc 

Moderator: Ian Miller – Executive Officer, ARCIA

a & Coffee

Conference Closes