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March 9, 2018
8:30 am – 5:30 pm ET
Full In Person NPSTC Meeting
Call In:  (510) 227-1018 | Conference ID:  1927086#
Webinar Access Information:
Orange County Convention Center
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) will be holding an in person NPSTC Meeting in Orlando, FL at IWCE 2018.  Come be a part of improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership.  Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.
In Person NPSTC Meeting
Friday, March 9, 2018 | 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Event Room: TBD
NPSTC Booth:  2878
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 | 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
IWCE 2018
Orange County Convention Center

9860 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL  32819-8706
NPSTC Panel Presentations 
Town Hall Meeting:  NPSTC's Annual Broadband Year in Review
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. PT; *TM4
Panelists:  Chris Kindelspire, Chair, NPSTC LMR LTE Integration and Interoperabilty Working Group; Barry Fraser, Chair, NPSTC Public Safety IoT Working Group; Kim Coleman Madsen, Chair, NPSTC Technology and Broadband Committee and Broadband Emerging Technologies Working Group; Ralph Haller, NPSTC Chair
Get a "year in review" of key milestones and accomplishments with Public Safety Broadband in the U.S.  Key leaders within NPSTC will discuss this rapidly changing landscape with a focus on issues that impact first responders at the operational level.  This session is important for anyone who needs to know the key topics and activities of the past year.  Learn the top 10 issues that will impact public safety, understand the importance of standards and open architecture to create a multi-vendor ecosystem, and receive information on key advances with MCPTT, sensors and IoT, deployable systems, and LMR integration. 

Authentication and ID Management for Public Safety Talk Groups
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. PT; *T231
FirstNet Track
Panelists:  Barry Luke, NPSTC Deputy Executive Director; Jason Matthews, Vice Chair, NPSTC Interoperability Committee; Barry Fraser, Chair, NPSTC Public Safety IoT Working Group
With the advent of a nationwide network such as FirstNet, the sheer number of users will need to be managed, as well as to be vetted somehow.  A system for creating a Push to Talk ID for each individual, vehicle, and device will need to be created and managed, and made available to any agency across the U.S.  In addition, identiities need to be authenticated and credentials will need to be created and tracked.  And then lastly, although the ID is available to anyone, users will need to be placed within talkgroups, which are similar to those used in LMR systems today, such as 8CALL90 and VTAC11.  All this management needs a system of standardized names for consistent operation, as the PTT ID is a critical safety feature to avoid duplication and ambiguous ID data.  Review the six factors that must be addressed in the creation of standardized Talkgoup names for nationwide interoperable LTE talkgroups, and explore ICAM, or "Identity, Credentialing, Access Management."
Internet of Public Safety Things (IoPST)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT; *W12
911 and Public Safety Track
Panelists:  Ray Lehr, Assistant Chief, Retired, Baltimore Fire Department; Barry Luke, NPSTC Deputy Executive Director; Barry Fraser, Chair, NPSTC Public Safety IoT Working Group; Dean Skidmore, Vice Chair, NPSTC Public Safety IoT Working Group; Charles Werner, Fire Chief, Retired, Charlottesville Fire Department; Eddie Reyes, NPSTC Governing Board Representative, IACP; Randy Van Buren, Solutions Engineer, Nokia
The expansion of IoT into the world of public safety offers opportunities but also creates challenges.  Take a look into the vast array of IoT that interfaces with public safety operations, including smart devices, applications, smart cities, connected/autonomous vehicles, drones, home assistants, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, GIS, LMR, enhanced PTT over LTE, enhanced location services, cloud computing, and cyber security.  Also, examine how FirstNet will interact with the IoT environment to support public safety.  Data interoperability and system life cycles are important considerations as is the aggregation of large amounts of data to create easy to digest summaries for first responders.  Learn how public safety agencies can trust IoT data coming from NG911 and FirstNet.  Lastly, discuss the operational requirements and considerations for public safety agencies as they implement IoT sensors and devices.

Panel Presentations Associated with NPSTC 
Next-Generation Robots/Drones – Advanced Capabilities for Autonomous Emergency Response
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PT; *TH22
911 and Public Safety Track
Panelists:  Barry Luke, NPSTC Deputy Executive Director; Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, FirstNet; Anna Gomez, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Robots are now capable of operating as airborne, land, and water based vehicles to improve public safety response.  Review the current state of technology with public safety and military robots while examining the role of artificial intelligence and voice control technology. These devices may also function as a communications hub that becomes an intermediary between the first responder and the PSAP to manage voice, data, and video.  First responders will be assisted at an emergency scene by next generation robots, including units that are capable of analyzing an incident and then initiating independent action.  Public safety personnel will need to communicate with these robots using voice control and gesture recognition.  Case studies will be presented on how these advanced devices may assist first responders during specific missions, including law enformcement, fire, and EMS.  Barriers to adoption will be highlighted with associated solutions.  
Fun with FirstNet:  Emergency Response in the Year 2030
Friday, March 9, 2018, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PT; *F11
Moderator:  Donny Jackson, Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications
Panelist:  Barry Luke, NPSTC Deputy Executive Director
Take a glimpse into a crystal ball, at public safety tehcnology and operations in the Year 2030 and how the FirstNet public safety broadband netowrk has evolved.  Using industry trends and thechnology roadmaps from leading research institutions, see examples of what a future emergency response may look like for law enforcement, fire, and EMS.  The rapid advance of technology will result in a cultural shift and changing expectations of public safety by elected officials and citizens.  Case studies will be presented that couple the technology discussion with shifting operational priorities and new policy concerns.  A light hearted discussion will include what might go wrong with the increasing use of automated systems and artificial intelligence platforms destined for implementation in most PSAPs and on many first responder devices.  The information presented will allow public safety agency executives to better control their emergency communications destiny.

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Mar 9 :
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Friday, March 9, 2018 – Meeting Schedule Below TBD and Subject to Change
Event Time
Federal Partners  8:30 am – 9:45 am
Technology and Broadband Committee 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Spectrum Management Committee   11:00 am – 11:45 am
Interoperability Committee 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Governing Board Business 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
NEW:  Virtual audience may send questions to and we will address them during the Q&A portion of each presentation.
All times approximate.  Length of meetings dependent upon discussion within each working group.  For updates on a specific agenda item, call 1-866-807-4755.  Material subject to change at the discretion of the Chair.


The weather in Orlando during March is part of what makes the city a top travel destination.  The average temperature in the Orlando area in March is 65 degrees Fahrenheit with an average high of 79 and an average low of 56.



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Orange County Convention Center Parking

The North/South Building's North/South Concourse parking lot can be accessed by two entrances – Universal Boulevard (north side) or International Drive (south side). Using the entrance off of Universal Boulevard is encouraged when attending events in the North/South Concourse. Click here to view the parking map.

The fee for parking at the OCCC is $15.00 per car per entry and $25.00 for oversized vehicles, i.e. buses, per entry. After 5:00 p.m., the charge is $10.00 per car per entry and $15.00 per oversized vehicle per entry. The OCCC accepts cash, traveler's checks, American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

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