Welcome and opening remarks

Welcome and opening remarks from conference chair, Chris Stevens

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Panel session: Narrowband data: does one solution fit all?

With a plethora of standards capable of dealing with narrowband data needs, and as many sectors utilising this capability, are we kidding ourselves to think that there is a best fit or, are there questions that all users must ask themselves in order to determine what the best fit for their needs is. This panel discussion aims […]

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Transforming to digital communications and beyond

More information to come Andrew Miller – CEO, Vital

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How the ‘mobile first’ perspective is changing how we equip first responders

With the ability of public safety to now truly leverage broadband wireless mission-critical communications, the current dynamic mobile communications technology landscape is shifting the public safety market from a focus on large, fixed infrastructure projects to a mobile first approach. This shift recognises the mobile nature of the public safety workforce and the need for […]

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How will New Zealanders stay connected in the future

More information to come Richard Adams – Channel Delivery Manager, Spark New Zealand Steven Lawrence – Tribe Lead, Infrastructure, Spark New Zealand

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Overview of initial deployment of mission-critical push-to-talk by the U.S. First Responder Network Authority

In early 2020, the U.S. First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) along with partner AT&T deployed mission-critical push-to-talk on their public safety network. Mr Carlos L’Abbate, the Sr. Director of Product Technology and Architecture for FirstNet, will talk about this feature, deployment and early feedback on adoption and use by public safety. Carlos L’Abbate – Senior […]

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TVNZ’s role in delivering critical communications

TVNZ plays a vital role in delivering critical communications to all New Zealanders. As part of our mandate, we keep our viewers informed in times of crisis. We provide accurate information and rapidly disseminate it across our platforms and channels. To execute this, we’ve put more resources into our broadcast operations, building systems, backup sites […]

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What’s driving the need to change? A real perspective of New Zealand’s current state from the end user

The wellbeing of 4.8 million New Zealanders is at the heart of everything the Emergency Services (St John Ambulance, Wellington Free Ambulance, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the New Zealand Police) do. More than 39,000 Emergency Services staff respond to calls for help. Emergency Services rely heavily on effective communications to respond to emergencies, […]

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Impact and readiness of critical communication services for New Zealand

The following presentation takes a look at the current status of New Zealand’s critical communications services, with reference to: Investments made in New Zealand’s communications infrastructure Availability of commercial network coverage What are the essential and critical communications services The difference between mission-critical vs consumer, cellular services. Design considerations for mission-critical services Industry standards, challenges […]

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Closing panel session: Looking to the future: what is possible with the available resources and funding?

We often discuss what ‘we’d would like to see’ or what ‘is technically possible’. But are these ‘pie in the sky ideas”? These outcomes often are out of reach due to resources and funding. So what is it that we can reasonability expect to have available for our front line services in New Zealand in […]

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