Edward Parkinson was named Acting Chief Executive Officer in October 2018. Previously he served as the Director of External Affairs, where he was responsible for all external communications and intergovernmental relations with local, state and federal organisations. Before joining FirstNet, Mr Parkinson served for five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Homeland Security Committee, then chaired by Rep. Peter T King of New York. During this period, Mr Parkinson’s primary responsibility was in the field of first responder telecommunications. He also worked on issues including national security, emergency preparedness and cybersecurity. Previously Mr Parkinson served as an associate at Kearsage Global Advisors, an advocacy firm, and a research analyst at McKenna, Long and Aldridge, an international law firm specialising in public policy. Mr Parkinson holds degrees from Georgetown University (M.A) and WITS University, (B.A., Hons).
Wednesday 12 June: 9.00am-9.45am
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.
Wednesday 12 June: 1.30pm-5.00pm
WORKSHOP: 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.
Wednesday 12 June: 1.30pm-5.00pm
WORKSHOP: Sensors, smart cities and the implications for critical control rooms
Changes to public safety answering points as FirstNet grows
- What is FirstNet’s current relationship with America’s Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)
- How will this relationship change as FirstNet continues its roll out?
- Will the FirstNet App Store develop Public Safety Apps especially for the Next Generation 911 service?
- What is the status of FirstNet’s suggestion that 3GPP leverage its V2X Standards work in development of Public Safety Communications Standards?
- What impact does FirstNet to see on its network from automation and the Internet of Things?
- How important are “Use Cases” in the ongoing development of FirstNet’s future capacity and capability?
- In the future will FirstNet release any of the 25 MHz spectrum allocated for public safety communications through the use of Prioritisation, Pre-emption and Quality of Service; and Network Slicing?