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March 25, 2016
Full NPSTC Meeting at IWCE


Las Vegas Convention CenterThe National Public Safety Telecommunication Council (NPSTC) will be holding its next Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, following the IWCE Conference. Please join us in improving public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. Together we can create one unified voice for public safety.

NPSTC Meeting
Friday, March 25, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT
Room N260 

NPSTC Booth: 566
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT

Town Hall
(Free to All Attendees)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PT; TM1

NPSTC Panels Present Current Public Safety Issues

NPSTC Public Safety Broadband Update
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PT; Keynote Area
Public Safety Industry Track
Panelists: Ralph Haller, NPSTC Chair; Don Root, NPSTC Interoperability Committee Vice Chair; Stu Overby, NPSTC Spectrum Management Committee Vice Chair; Chief Harlin McEwen (ret.); Barry Luke, Deputy Executive Director, NPSTC

Receive an update on public safety broadband requirements work being conducted by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), including technical and operational considerations for broadband deployable systems, cross border interoperability issues between the U.S. and Canada with 700 MHz broadband assignments, and a discussion on sensors and analytics. A Q&A session will allow audience members to seek additional information on specific topics or to enhance the content of the presentation with their case experience.

Connecting EMS with Hospitals for Greater Efficiencies
Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. PT; Room N257
Panelists: Barry Luke, Deputy Executive Director, NPSTC; Paul Patrick, Deputy Division Chief, Utah Department of Health; Kevin McGinnis, NPSTC Governing Board Representative, NASEMSO

Broadband has changed how much information EMS can collect and transfer to a hospital before the patient even arrives.  Examine use cases for video, M2M and even location services have enhanced the relationship between EMS, the hospital, the physician and the patient.  Also hear about a nationwide survey on video use to support EMS.  

General Session: Operating Parallel Networks – Managing LMR and LTE Simultaneously
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PT; Room:  Keynote Area
Moderator: Donny Jackson, Editor, IWCE's "Urgent Communications"
Panelists: Dave Buchanan, NPSTC Spectrum Management Committee Chair; John Lenihan, NPSTC Interoperability Committee Chair; Tracy McElvaney, Engineering Supervisor, PSCR; Pat Mallon, Executive Director, LA-RICS; Charles L. Werner, Fire Chief (ret.), Charlottesville Fire Department

Mixing use of LMR and broadband systems like LTE and Wi-Fi to support voice needs is expected to be a reality for several years, at the very least. Examine what features broadband provides for non-critical and mission-critical voice usage, as well as for data usage and enabling interoperability between the two types of communications systems.

Priority, Pre-emption and QoS:  Local Control of FirstNet
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. PT; Room:  N253
Moderator: Barry Luke, Deputy Executive Director, NPSTC
Panelists: Joe Savarese, NetMotion Wireless; Patrik Ringqvist, Vice President, Broadband Network Stategy, Ericsson North America; Chris Moore, Senior Vice President, Rivada Networks; Brian Kassa, Director of Technology Planning and Development, FirstNet; Mark Golaszewski, Director of Applications, FirstNet

With the migration to a new nationwide public safety network, each public safety agency should retain the same degree of control as with today's LMR network. Evaluate who is responsible for managing public safety users on FirstNet, who gets priority and who gets pre-empted and maintaining quality of service with local control. Learn about the options currently available for local entities and why it is important for them to control the technologies for FirstNet. In addition, examine how local entities can measure the quality of service for your throughput and signal coming from the FirstNet network. 

Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Registration for this meeting is closed.

Friday, March 25, 2016
Event Time
Executive Session Level IV
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening 9:00 am – 9:20 am
FirstNet NPSBN Development 9:20 am 9:40 am
Federal Partners Update 9:40 am 10:00 am
Technology and Broadband Committee 10:25 am 11:15 am
Topical Presentation 11:15 am 11:35 am
Spectrum Management Committee 11:35 am – 12:25 pm
Federal Partners Update Continued 12:25 pm – 12:35 pm
Topical Presentation 12:35 pm – 12:55 pm
Interoperability Committee 12:55 pm – 1:40 pm
Governing Board Meeting - Level IV 2:00 pm – 5:00 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. 


Visit Las Vegas and Conventions Visitors Authority,, for more information on Las Vegas.


The Gold Lot & Silver Lot #1 are closest to the North Hall, where IWCE 2016 will be held. The current parking fee is $10.00 (cash or credit cards) per space with in and out privileges. Anyone leaving the Las Vegas Convention Center and planning to return the same day can show their paid parking receipt for reentry. Overnight parking is prohibited on Las Vegas Convention Center property. Vehicles left on the property overnight will be towed at the owner’s expense.


The weather in Las Vegas is part of what makes the town a top travel destination. With more than 300 days of sun every year, weather in Las Vegas is prefect for your business or vacation plans. The high temperatures during February are generally in the low 60’s and the low’s are in the lower 40’s.


Airport Shuttle
The most economical way to get to your hotel.  Shuttles can cost less than $10 for Strip/Downtown.  Check with your hotel for schedules. A few companies are listed below.

Strip hotels: $7 ($13 round trip)
, Downtown hotels: $8.50 ($16.00 round trip), 
Off-Strip hotels: $8 ($14.50 round trip), 
Walk-up Limousine: $55 & up, 
Walk-up Sedan: $39 & up, 
Operates 7 a.m. - midnight, 
, Location: Terminal 1 - Outside Baggage Claim Door #11,

Bell Trans
Strip hotels: $6.50 ($12 round trip), 
Downtown hotels: $8 ($15 round trip), 
Off-Strip hotels: $8 ($15 round trip)
, Walk-up Limousine: Starting at $48/hour (round trip required)
, Walk-up Sedan/SUV: Starting at $42/hour
, Stretch SUV: Starting at $110/hour, 
29-Passenger Coach: Starting at $80/hour
, Operates 24 hours, seven days a week, 
800-274-RIDE (7433) / 702-385-LIMO (5466)
, Location: Terminal 1 - Outside Baggage Claim Door #9

Strip hotels: $6 - $12, 
Downtown hotels: $8 - $16, 
Walk up limousine service: $55/hour and up, Walk up sedan: $45/hour and up, 
Operates 24 Hours, 
, Location: Terminal 1 - Outside Baggage Claim Door #13

The Las Vegas Monorail
The Monorail travels from Sahara Ave to the MGM Grand 7 days per week from 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Monday-Thursday and until 3 a.m., Friday-Sunday. Visit website for location stops and ticket prices:

Department of Business and Industry Nevada Taxicab Authority


Teleconference Call In
Call In: (510) 227-1018 | Conference ID: 1927086#
Webinar Access Information
Friday, March 25, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016 - Meeting Minutes
  • NPSTC Meeting Presentations Slide Deck – March 25, 2016

  • PTIG Presentation – Stephen Nichols
  • Next Generation First Responder Presentation – John Merrill
  • OEC Update Presentation – Chris Essid
  • Ligado Networks Overview Presentation – Geoff Stearn
  • Other Support Material
  • Is Project 25 "Public Safety Grade"? White Paper
  • Invitational travel is extremely limited. If you are selected to receive funding, the support office will contact you. If you have any questions, please contact


    NEW:  Virtual audience may send questions to and we will address them during the Q&A portion of each presentation.

    If you have any questions that do not require an answer at the meeting, please contact the Support Office at or 1-866-807-4755.