Conference Program

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Wednesday, 12 June — Day 1

8.15 am – Registration

Welcome followed by Opening Remarks: Paul Davis — Events Director, WFevents, followed the Chair

Heikki Riippa
Senior Adviser

Suomen Erillisverkot Oy

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Moving to Virve 2.0 mission-critical broadband service
In this plenary, Heikki will discuss the roadmap — including transition from narrowband services — to MCX services (mission-critical push to talk, mission-critical data and mission-critical video) in Finland and the status of the project.

Edward Parkinson
Acting CEO
First Responder Network Authority

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Insights and lessons learned from the US FirstNet public safety broadband program
FirstNet Acting CEO Ed Parkinson will share updates on FirstNet, Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) then provide insights, use cases and lessons learned from the first two years of the United States deployment of the NPSBN.  As the number of public safety users of the NPSBN grows daily, so do the lessons learned and examples of how public safety is using the network to improve how they communicate.  Additionally, Mr Parkinson will discuss how FirstNet sees global collaboration and coordination among public safety wireless programs having a highly positive impact on the public safety broadband marketplace.

10.30am – 11.00am – Morning Break

Public safety and emergency management


PSMB for Australia: A town-hall update
Luke Brown
— Assistant Secretary, Department of Home Affairs

Creating the foundation for national public safety mobile broadband
Mary Egan
National PMO Lead — Public Safety Mobile Broadband, NSW Telco Authority

Where are we on the mission-critical digital narrowband and broadband standards — important steps forward
Tony Gray
— Chief Executive, TCCA

Looking under the bonnet of 5G and its over-the-air RF performance
Alex Rizgalla
— Senior Account Manager, Keysight Technologies

Hybrid technologies for critical messaging
Brad Welch
— General Manager Asia Pacific, TPL Systems Asia Pacific

Voice interoperability, multibearer switching and application integration for mission-critical operations
Sohan Domingo — Product Manager, Tait Communications

12.30pm – 1.30pm – Lunch Break

Workshop 1

  Workshop 2

Critical communications standards supporting a multivendor and interoperable environment for all mission- and business-critical sectors

Hear how digital narrowband TETRA, DMR and P25 mission-critical wireless standards continue to dominate deployments globally and how the growth of broadband is firmly on the agenda of many organisations running mission-critical communications services. Learn how the industry continues to meet needs of government, public safety, transport, utilities, mining and resources, industrial and enterprise sectors with new solutions.  Speakers provide useful insights and practical examples of progress and options for existing and mission critical 4G/5G 3GPP broadband and why mission-critical broadband standards are a vital foundation for how organisations will communicate and underpin industrial revolution and support smart cities. 

Presented by: Anton Abrahams — Chairman, ACCF,  Tony Gray — Chief Executive, TCCA, Tero Pesonen —  CCBG, Sohan Domingo — Product Manager, Tait Communications, Steve Hwang — Korea SafeNet forum, operational chair, Tapio Mäkinen — Director, Airbus, Mark Wood — Director, ACCF/Damm Australia, Kevin Graham — Chairman, ACCF, Ed Parkinson — Acting CEO, First Responder Network

Hosted by: Australasian Critical Communications Forum (ACCF) & The Critical Communications Association (TCCA)

Sensors, smart cities and the implications for critical control rooms

This workshop brings together representatives from a range of organisations and industries to discuss new and emerging sensors and the role that they play in supporting smart cities.  The discussion will highlight trends and issues impacting on critical control rooms around the world. A key focus of the workshop will be an examination of new and emerging technologies and the challenges associated with the integration of those technologies into the control environment and legacy systems.

Presented by: Ged Griffin — Senior Research Advisor, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, University of Melbourne, Geoff McKernan — (Pres) National Manager, Road Operations – Delivery & Operational Excellence,Transurban ,  Geoff Spring — Senior Industry Advisor, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, University of Melbourne, further speakers TBC

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

3.00pm – 3.30pm – Afternoon Break

Workshop 1 Cont’d..

  Workshop 2 Cont’d…

Critical communications standards supporting a multivendor and interoperable environment for all mission- and business-critical sectors


Sensors, smart cities and the implications for critical control rooms


5.00pm – 6.00pm – Networking Drinks – Sponsored by Wireless Innovation

6.30pm-11.30pm – ARCIA Industry Networking Dinner – Rosehill Gardens, Sydney

Thursday, 13 June — Day 2

8.15am Registration

Steve Hwang
Korea SafeNet forum, operational chair

PLENARY: Korea Public Safety-LTE project progress and SafeNet forum
Steve’s presentation will include contents about:

  • Korea mission-critical network background (named as ‘Public Safety-LTE’)
  • The latest Korea PS-LTE project progress
  • The key contribution of SafeNet forum for Korea PS-LTE ecosystem
  • The role of SafeNet forum for Korean government-driven projects such as PS-LTE, LTE-Rail and LTE-Maritime

Public safety and emergency management


Case study: High-bandwith air-ground communications system for ACT emergency services
Dale Stacey
— Technical Director, SAT Pty Ltd
Speaker TBC
— ACT Emergency Services

Tower auditing using CSI techniques
James Reed
— Principal Consultant, Titan ICT

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

Ensuring your next critical communications project is a success
Robert Tait — Lead Consultant, Nova Systems

10.30am – 11.00am – Morning Break

Finnish critical communications

  Industry – IoT Alliance Australia

Finnish critical communications success in cooperation on the road to broadband
Tero Pesonen
— Finnish representative in TCCA board

Operative field communication planning and training
Elina Avela
CEO, Beaconsim

Deep dive into key solutions to enable successful field operation
Introduction to the most essential Finnish mission-critical safety, security and efficiency increasing solutions and their broadband roadmaps

Comms field operations
Jaakko Heinonen — Central Finland Fire and Rescue District

Mobile video and drones — experiences in field operation
Timo Vihervaara — Finnish Police

Situational awareness
Timo Vihervaara — Finnish Police, Jaakko Heinonen — Central Finland Fire and Rescue District, Kalle Arola — Elektro-Arola, Simo Ruoko — Roger-GPS, Mattipekka Kronqvist — NSION

Interactive panel session: Requirements for broadband to meet the critical communications sector demand
How to secure critical services to mission critical users in the broadband era? What are the practical obstacles and pitfalls? What can remain the same? What needs to be reinvented?

Panel: Heikki Riippa Erillisverkot, Simo Ruoko — Roger-GPS
Jussi Havakka —
Savox, Elina Avela — Beaconsim, Tapio Mäkinen — Airbus

Security and IoT — The things to be concerned about and best practice for protecting your business, your data, your sensors and your networks
Geof Heydon
— Principal Consultant, IoT Alliance Australia

The importance of trust preserving data sharing in the IoT context
Ian Oppermann
— Chief Data Scientist and CEO, NSW Data Analytics Centre and Geof Heydon — Principal Consultant, IoT Alliance Australia

IoT panel discussion: Data sharing and security in an IoT world
The panel will discuss the importance of Data Sharing and security. There are many popular reasons why sensitive data is not shared and there are emerging strategies to overcome these challenges. Data sharing enables innovation so we must find a way. First responders are capturing a lot of data and sharing insights is the first step but sharing sensitive data is a bridge too far for many. We will explore the interoperability and security landscape and show that trust preserving data sharing is not only important for productivity and service delivery but critical for the future. And the future is upon us.
Panel: Ian Oppermann — Chief Data Scientist and CEO, NSW Data Analytics Centre, further speakers tbc
Facilitated by Geof Heydon
— Principal Consultant, IoT Alliance Australia

12.30pm – 1.30pm – Lunch Break


  ARCIA Professional Developing Training Workshop

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

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

The LMR marketplace – an update on global growth
Hamish Duff
— President, ARCIA

ARCIA Professional Development Training workshop – multicoupling and filtering

Presented by ARCIA as part of its Professional Development Training series, it aims to provide industry professionals with targeted industry-specific training to enhance their professional learning and development pathways.

At the completion of the workshop ARCIA will issue an attendance certificate that will recognise the individual’s participation in an ARCIA approved workshop and can value-add to their skill set and resume. The workshop will contain theory and practical components focusing on design and performance of RF filtering systems and transmitter multicoupling systems, including practical demonstrations of tuning and other technical parameters.

Facilitated by: Chris Stevens — SLSA Lifesaving Communications Advisor and presented by Mark Mezzapica — Chief Technology Officer, RFI Wireless

This workshop can be booked and attended as a separate/individual item by non-conference attendees – purchase ticket here

3.00pm – 3.30pm – Afternoon Break / Exhibition Close

Closing panel session

  ARCIA Professional Development Training Workshop Cont’d…

The Q&A of PSMB — what have we learned, or more importantly what do we still need to learn?

This Q&A panel session will see your questions being answered by our international panel of experts. Questions can be submitted throughout the conference over the three days, as well as directly during the session, and our panel will both respond to and debate the issues raised.
Panel: TBC

ARCIA Professional Development Training workshop – multicoupling and filtering



4.30pm – Conference close