SPEAKERS 2019

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM
DAY ONE – 1  MAY

Welcome and opening remarks: Corey Weir — Chairman, RFUANZ

KEYNOTE: Why we need public safety broadband now
TJ Kennedy — Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network

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

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11.00am-11.30am
Next-generation critical communications — lessons from overseas jurisdictions
Dr Murray Milner 
— Principle Consultant, Milner Consulting Ltd

11.30am-Noon
Transitioning to a data-enabled world in a mission-critical environment
Station Officer Graham Tait AFSM
— Operational Communications Systems Officer, Fire & Rescue NSW

Noon-12.30pm
Transdev’s communications transformation journey
Marc Cleave — Head of Engineering, Transdev Australia

11.00am-12.30pm

RFUANZ 2019 AGM

12.30PM – 1.30PM – LUNCH BREAK

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1.30pm-2.00pm
Wireless mesh networks explained and applied — what can they do for you?
Grant Jamieson
— Satellite System Engineer, Wireless Innovation

2.00pm-2.30pm
Case study: The use of cellular SD-WAN for DMR linking
Chris Stevens 
— Managing Director, CartGIS Pty Ltd

2.30pm-3.00pm
Harnessing wireless technologies to transform industries: lessons from the past
Dr A Sathyendran
Principal Consultant, AnS Consulting Ltd

1.30pm-3.00pm
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 >>

Presented by:
Victoria Lee — Vice-President, The Public Safety Network
TJ Kennedy — Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network

3.00PM – 3.30PM – AFTERNOON BREAK

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3.30pm-4.00pm
Next-gen control room solutions in a converging LMR-LTE world
Ranjan Bhagat
— Vice President & General Manager, Zetron

4.00pm-4.30pm
Faster and smarter response for public safety: Future X for industries architecture
Barbara Noonan
— Head of Public Sector, Asia Pacific and Japan,
 Nokia

4.30pm-5.00pm
Signalling to enhance front-line communications 
Sean Crawford —  National Telecommunications Engineer, , Fire and Emergency New Zealand

3.30pm-5.00pm
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

Presented by:
Len Starling
— Manager RSM Policy & Planning, Radio Spectrum Management

Fadia Mudafar — National Manager, Radio Spectrum Management

5.00PM – 6.00PM – NETWORKING DRINKS 

6.30PM –

6.30PM – LATE – RFUANZ GALA DINNER & EXCELLENCE AWARDS
St Matthew-in-the-City

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
DAY TWO –
 2  MAY

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

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11.00am-11.30am
The smart connected ambulance: seamless integration from the field to the ER
Victoria Lee
— Vice-President, The Public Safety Network

11.00am-11.30am
5G roadmap: pipedream to reality
Dale Stacey
— Technical Director, SAT Pty

Noon-12.30pm
Next-generation emergency communication services as observed from the sidelines
Richard Harkett
— Public Safety Communications Consultant

Noon-12.30pm
Looking under the bonnet of 5G and its over-the-air RF performance
Lex Grubner
— Managing Director, RF Test Solutions

12.30PM – 1.30PM – LUNCH BREAK

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2.00pm-2.30pm
Designing reliable fixed wireless networks for public safety and IoT applications
Eddie Stephanou
— Regional Technical Manager ANZ, Cambium Networks

2.00pm-2.30pm
Private radio field area networks and LTE — competition or complementary?
John Yaldwyn
CTO, 4RF Limited

2.30pm-3.00pm
The LMR Market Place, an update on global growth
Hamish Duff
— President, ARCIA

2.0pm-3.00pm
Exploiting smart technology features in IP-based data radios to significantly enhance the efficiency of SCADA comms
Sarosh Dubash
— Technical Sales Manager —Telemetry, Schneider Electric

3.00PM – 3.30PM – AFTERNOON BREAK – EXHIBITION CLOSE

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3.30pm-4.00pm
LMR case study: A distributed architecture system
Terry Burnworth
— President, Pyramid Consulting

CLOSING PANEL SESSION

4.00pm–5.00pm
Q&A of PSMB: what have we learned and what do we still need to learn
This Q&A panel session will see your questions being answered by our international panel of experts. 

Panel: Chris Goldsmith — Programme Manager, New Zealand Police, Station Officer Graham Tait AFSM — Operational Communications Systems Officer, Fire & Rescue NSW, TJ Kennedy — Co-Founder, The Public Safety Network, Superintendent Rob Cochrane — Acting CIO, New Zealand Police

Moderator: Ian Miller —  Executive Officer, ARCIA

5.00PM – CONFERENCE CLOSE