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Thursday, 14  June — Day 1

Welcome followed by Opening Remarks: Paul Davis – Events Director, WFevents, followed the Chair, Kit Wignall

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Smart community, smart public safety

Bill Schrier — Senior Advsior, First Net Responder Network Authority

Change of Presentation:
PLENARY: A glimpse into the future of Europe’s PSMB through the PSCE conference

Ian Miller — Executive Officer, ARCIA

10.30am – 11.00am – Morning Break

Public safety and emergency management

Industry

11.00am-11.30am
The future — next generation mission-critical public safety mobile broadband network (PSMB), and its usage
Sohan Domingo ­— Business Development Manager, Nokia

11.30am-Noon
Designing reliable fixed wireless networks for public safety and IoT applications
Eddie Stephanou — Regional Technical Manager — ANZ, Cambium Networks Limited


Noon-12.30pm
Using PTT to extend mission-critical LMR networks
Station Officer Graham Tait — Systems Officer, Operational Communications, Fire & Rescue NSW

12.30pm – 1.30pm – Lunch Break

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

1.30pm-3.00pm
Radio Spectrum management – what’s trending in 2018

Presented by: Peter Hilly — Managing Director, Spectrum Engineering, Andrew May, Licensing Manager, Spectrum Engineering Australia

1.30pm-3.00pm
Control rooms – environment: trends and future developments

Presented by: Inspector Ged Griffin — Victoria Police, Mark Holmes Secretary, ACRNZ, Geoff Spring — Senior Industry Advisor, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, University of Melbourne, Andrew Constantinou — Associate Director, Technical and Assurance, ROC Program, Sydney Trains, Les Scott — Manager, System Sales, Zetron, Station Officer Graham Tait — Fire & Rescue NSW, Michael Kiernan — OnStar Emergency Services Partnerships Manager, General Motors International, Graham Manson — Director, International Resilience Group

Moderator: David Williams Senior Research Advisor, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, Unversity of Melbourne

1.30pm-3.00pm
The Internet of Things for public safety what lessons can be learnt from other countries when developing our application ecosystem for first responders the next steps

Panel: Bill Schrier — Senior Advisor, US First Responder Network Authority, Hamish Duff — President, ARCIA, Geoff Waterhouse — Program Director| Assets & Infrastructure|Finance, Performance & Assets, NSW Ambulance

Moderator: Ian Miller — Executive Officer, ARCIA

3.00pm-3.30pm – Afternoon Break

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 4

3.30pm-5.00pm
Radio Spectrum management – what’s trending in 2018

Cont’d..

3.30pm-5.00pm
Control rooms – environment: trends and future developments

Cont’d..

3.30pm-5.00pm
Critical messaging in the modern world

Presented by: Brad Welch — General Manager, TPL Systems Asia Pacific and Liam Darling — Sales Director Australia, Tellen

5.00pm – 6.00pm – Networking Drinks –  Open to All

6.30pm-11.30pm – ARCIA Industry Networking Dinner – Rydges Parramatta

Friday, 15 June — Day 2

PLENARY: The challenges facing spectrum regulators in the new technology environment

Giles Tanner General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA

Public safety and emergency management

Industry

9.30am-10.00am
The value of a strong industry association
Hamish Duff — President, ARCIA

10.00am-10.30am
Customer-driven outcomes on a multifunction platform
John Graham — Product Manager, Tait Communications

10.30am – 11.00am – Morning Break

Public safety and emergency management

Technology

11.00am-11.30am
A case study on next-generation networks for mission-critical services
Nilesh Joshi
— General Manager-supply & Solution, Commtel Network Solutions

11.30am-Noon
Mobile broadband applications: innovations for business- and mission-critical users
James Reed
Principal Consultant, Titan ICT Consultants

Noon-12.30pm
Reliable everywhere communications
Keith Richardson — Technical Manager, AST Australia and Nawal Gumusel — Regional Director, Iridium

11.00am-11.30am
Li-Fi: Mobility for the 2020s
Lawrence McKenna
— Telecommunications Section Manager, Wood & Grieve Engineers

11.30am-Noon
What’s it all about? — 5G
Roger Kane — Managing Director, Vicom

Noon-12.30pm
5G roadmap: pipe dream to reality
Dale Stacey
— Technical Director, SAT Pty

12.30pm – 1.30pm – Lunch Break

Technology

Technology

1.30pm-2.00pm
Rethinking two-way radio intrinsic safety — Fire & Rescue NSW
Paul Barnes
— Director IT, Operations & Communications, Fire & Rescue NSW

2.00pm-2.30pm
Enhancing safe work at heights near radio sites
Tony Paul — AMTA RF Safety Program Manager, Principal, PicoNet Consulting

1.30pm-2.00pm
A ‘smart world’ – so what?
William Heapy — Director of Planning and Strategy, Axicom

2.00pm-2.30pm
LPWAB connectivity options as the backbone for Industrial IoT
Loic Barancourt — CEO, Thinxtra

2.30pm-3.30pm
PANEL SESSION: Public safety mobile broadband — the way forward for critical communications in Australia

This panel session will bring together experts to discuss the present status of public safety mobile broadband and the path ahead in Australia. The issue has been at the forefront of discussions for a number of years, with progress being made with the release late last year of a request for information. Many experts, including those on our panel, believe that the way forward must take in to account overseas trends and the latest technology developments.

Panel members and delegates will discuss, in a facilitated session, various options and points of view on what such a strategy might look like and in particular, what has been learned from international experiences, including here at Comms Connect these past two days, and what questions still remain to be addressed.  The discussion’s aim is to offer value to agencies as they move into the phase of preparing the operational guidelines and the inter-relationships between agencies and jurisdictions for this critical communications development, as well as opening up discussions on new technologies and trends for public safety communications.

Panel: Bill Schrier — Senior Advisor, US First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Inspector Ged Griffin — Victoria Police, Paul Barnes — Director IT, Operations & Communications, Fire & Rescue NSW, Luke Brown — Assistant Secretary (a/g), Emergency Management Australia, Department of Home Affairs

Moderator: Ian Miller  Executive Officer, ARCIA

3.30pm – Conference and exhibition close