Conference Program

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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: Pulling the future forward: accelerating public safety communications research
Dereck Orr Division Chief, Public Safety Communications Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Communications Technology Laboratory

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is the primary federal research laboratory for public safety communications technologies in the United States. In this keynote presentation, PSCR Division Chief Dereck Orr will reveal PSCR’s approach to stakeholder engagement, technology road mapping, research prioritisation and engineering development. Attendees will also get a glimpse at real-world examples of current and future PSCR technology projects and find out how they can get involved in upcoming research and funding opportunities.

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

Technology trends — how the future can be realised
Ross Spearman — Chief Technology Officer, 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

Case study: The use of cellular SD-WAN for DMR linking
Chris Stevens – Managing Director, CartGiS Pty Ltd

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

In the digital economy data is the new oil. We must learn to love data.
Geof Heydon Consultant, Creator Tech Smart City/Principal Consultant, Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance

3.00pm-3.30pm – Afternoon Break

Panel discussion: The growing footprint of IoT – application, delivery and outcomes
Chris Stevens — Managing Director, CartGIS
Panel: Justin Wyatt — Principal Consultant, Titan ICT, Brett Orr — General Manager, Bigmate, Geof Heydon — Consultant, Creator Tech Smart City/Principal Consultant, Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance

Panel discussion: 3GPP in Australia
Moderator: Acting Superintendent Ged Griffin— Researcher, The University of Melbourne, Panel: Tony Gray — CEO, TCCA, Tero Pesonen — Director & Board Member, TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group, Kevin Graham — Director, ATCCF/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
Replacement speaker
Crispin Blackall Executive, Mobility & IoT, 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

Operative field communication planning and training
Elina Avela
— CEO, Beaconsim

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
Teemu Ekola — Director, Insta DefSec, Timi Härkonen — Project Manager, Codea Oy, Sami Honkaniemi — CVO, Mentura Group, Simo Ruoko — Managing Director, Roger-GPS

Panel discussion: Public safety meets the internet of things: a whole new world of benefits —  saving lives and delivering first responder safety

Moderator: TJ Kennedy — Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network

Panel Member:  Chris Goldsmith — Programme Manager, New Zealand Emergency Services, Lieutenant Dan Gomez ― Innovation & Strategic Planning Division, Los Angeles Police Department, Dr Yong Chang — Senior Director, Global Mobile B2B Team, Samsung Electronics

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
Chun Khiang Ng
—  Bittium, Tomas Grano — Vice-President of Sales, Cloudstreet, Sohan Domingo — Public Safety Subject Matter Expert & Development Manager, Nokia, Pete Peltola — Managing Director, Bandercom

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

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 PesonenDirector & Board Member, TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Group, Peter Clemons — Founder, Quixoticity

Moderator: Ian Miller — Executive Officer, ARCIA

4.30pm – Conference Closes