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Welcome and opening remarks: Corey Weir — Chairman, RFUANZ
In the last few years, technological opportunities and capabilities for public safety have grown exponentially and this dynamic shift to leverage better communications and the Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST) in order to improve first responder safety and operations continues its positive trajectory. But we are not leveraging them fast enough. It is 2019 and we should have prioritized and preemptive secure communications for all first responders right now.
Because the number and size of emergency incidents and catastrophic disasters continues to rise – many of which require seamless multi-agency response and communications – we must embrace the capabilities available now for public safety broadband. At risk are lives, property, and sometimes, even entire communities. We all need to recognise this urgency and fuel it with our commitment to accelerate the development of innovative technologies, test them in public safety agencies to obtain real world end user feedback, refine the technologies, and then get them to market as soon as possible. Join TJ Kennedy as he shares his own personal experiences to help us all understand why we need reliable global public safety LTE networks and their accompanying solutions now, not in 3 or 5 or 10 more years.
KEYNOTE: Discussing nationwide critical communications for New Zealand
Chris Goldsmith — Programme Manager, New Zealand Police
An overview of the considerations for investment in replacing critical communications in New Zealand. A look at the interplay between technology, economics, delivery and business outcomes which drives an investment case for critical communications.
10.15AM – 11.00AM – MORNING BREAK
Next-generation critical communications — lessons from overseas jurisdictions
Dr Murray Milner — Principle Consultant, Milner Consulting Ltd
Richard Adams — Channel Delivery Lead – South, Spark New Zealand
Transdev’s communications transformation journey
Marc Cleave — Head of Engineering, Transdev Australia
RFUANZ 2019 AGM
12.30PM – 1.30PM – LUNCH BREAK
Wireless mesh networks explained and applied — what can they do for you?
Grant Jamieson — Satellite System Engineer, Wireless Innovation
Case study: The use of cellular SD-WAN for DMR linking
Chris Stevens — Managing Director, CartGIS Pty Ltd
Harnessing wireless technologies to transform industries: lessons from the past
Dr A Sathyendran — Principal Consultant, AnS Consulting Ltd
WORKSHOP 1: The critical role of communications to ensure preparedness before, during and after disasters – what haven’t you thought of?
In 2018 alone in the US, we had 8 major hurricanes, more than 50,000 wildland fires and more than 300 mass shootings, resulting in hundreds killed and thousands injured. Now more than ever before, it is critical that public safety and the communities they serve have reliable connectivity when disasters hit. However, preparing for and responding to these disasters takes significant planning and foresight to ensure critical communications systems are able to be leveraged during such events. Read more >>
3.00PM – 3.30PM – AFTERNOON BREAK
Next-gen control room solutions in a converging LMR-LTE world
Ranjan Bhagat — Vice President & General Manager, Zetron
Faster and smarter response for public safety: Future X for industries architecture
Barbara Noonan — Head of Public Sector, Asia Pacific and Japan, Nokia
Signalling to enhance front-line communications
Sean Crawford — National Telecommunications Engineer, , Fire and Emergency New Zealand
WORKSHOP 2: Radio spectrum licensing policy and compliance
Briefing from MBIE Radio Spectrum Management and opportunity to ask questions on radio spectrum policy, licencing and compliance topics
Len Starling — Manager RSM Policy & Planning, Radio Spectrum Management
Fadia Mudafar — National Manager, Radio Spectrum Management
5.00PM – 6.00PM – NETWORKING DRINKS
6.30PM – LATE – RFUANZ GALA DINNER & EXCELLENCE AWARDS
KEYNOTE: Pulling the future forward: accelerating public safety communications research
Dereck Orr — Division Chief, Public Safety Communications Research 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: Vision 2030: the future world of delivering emergency services
Assistant Commissioner Jevon McSkimming — Senior Representative Owner, Next Generation – Critical Communications Program, New Zealand Police
There is no doubt that the emergency services brand is a hugely successful one — and one which has undoubtedly become a victim of its own success. Each year, more and more people trust emergency services and turn to us for support for themselves and for their families. Levels of satisfaction with the service are high — people frequently come back. However, this leads to challenges in meeting the increasing demands being placed upon us while also delivering excellent, timely and cost-effective care.
Over the last 20 years, we have seen more demand for greater levels of emergency service in areas such as family violence, social isolation, mental health conditions, recreational drug use — all of which are difficult to manage in an emergency setting. The change in both the volume and the nature of responses we are seeing has pushed emergency services to evaluate how they deliver their services.
The next 10 years are going to require us to work differently and adapt our thinking to cope with the changing needs of our communities: this begins with a vision for where we think we might be in 2030.
10.15AM – 11.00AM – MORNING BREAK
What are the benefits of being a collaboration partner and why do we need to share our technology ideas?
Geoff Waterhouse — Program Director|Assets & Infrastructure|Finance, Performance & Assets, NSW Ambulance
12.30PM – 1.30PM – LUNCH BREAK
The LMR Market Place, an update on global growth
Hamish Duff — President, ARCIA
3.00PM – 3.30PM – AFTERNOON BREAK – EXHIBITION CLOSE
CLOSING PANEL SESSION
Land mobile radio vs long term evolution: Where are we now?
Panel members: TBC
5.00PM – CONFERENCE CLOSE