Developing Standards and Certifications for Converged Public-Safety and Cellular DAS Networks
Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are proven and widely-used platforms for distributing cellular wireless coverage at large buildings, campuses, and public venues. Increasingly, DAS is also being deployed to enable public-safety communications and meet the latest building fire codes. What is missing today is a set of standards and training certifications for those who design, install, manage and maintain these mission-critical unified networks. This session explores the requirements of public-safety and commercial cellular stakeholders and examines how the two industries are addressing the need for standards and certification.
Understanding the role of APCO’s Government Relations Team
APCO’s Government Relations Office (GRO) is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with Congress, federal agencies, the Administration, industry leaders, and public safety organizations to shape the policies, regulations, and legislation that most directly impact our membership. Our session will explain how GRO interacts with these various constituencies to best promote APCO’s goals. It will also cover and invite feedback on how APCO members can directly interact with and serve as a resource to GRO. We encourage you to learn firsthand about the ways in which APCO’s GRO is working for you!
This session will introduce the use of standards within a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). Topics include what is available to you, how standards effect daily operations and management decisions and will include a round-table question and answer with members of the APCO Standards Development Committee.
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The Importance of Cybersecurity for Public Safety Communications
Safeguarding modern public safety communications networks, including the FirstNet nationwide broadband network and Next Generation 9-1-1 systems, is a priority and requires a coordinated effort among all stakeholders. Panelists will discuss and illustrate emerging cyber threats typical of modern, LTE-based broadband and NG9-1-1 platforms, and address ways to protect critical information in a rapidly evolving communications ecosystem.
New data mining and analytics techniques are providing real-time insights that enable police, fire and EMS departments to respond more effectively and use resources more efficiently. Panelists will describe these technologies and provide examples of their current and future impacts on public safety.
Chairman Sam Ginn and Board Member Jeff Johnson will be available to provide an update on FirstNet activities, and entertain a ‘Town Hall’ style discussion which will include time for Q&A from the audience.
Today's vibrant commercial mobile app environment coupled with the introduction of the FirstNet nationwide public safety broadband network and NG9-1-1 systems will enable the use of new apps designed specifically for public safety and emergency response purposes. APCO's Application Community website (AppComm.org) and other developments are helping to drive innovation in public safety apps that will lead to improved ways to protect the safety of life and property. Panelists will describe these efforts and how they will result in new advancements in public safety communications.
Advanced, next generation devices such as smartphones and tablets are being made available that include new features, data capabilities, and designs specifically for public safety use. This session will inform attendees of what to expect from the next generation of public safety devices, including those being driven by the planned FirstNet broadband network that will enable first responders to transmit video, data, and voice.
APCO Broadband Committee Governance Considerations and Recommendations
The APCO Broadband Committee has been developing governance considerations and recommendations from Tribal, State, Local, Federal, FirstNet and public private partnership perspectives. The Subcommittee will present and discuss its findings.
The Business Modeling of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN): A Capital and Operational Expenditure Financial Model Analysis
The successful deployment and operations of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) will be anchored on the success of the underlying network business model. The challenges regarding the potential $7 billion in federal funding and anticipated federal, state and local government wireless spending being sufficient to fully deploy and operate the nationwide network will be investigated. This presentation will discuss various methods to provide NPSBN service, the means by which a network can be constructed, and the expected revenue streams from public safety users under these scenarios.