Breakout Sessions

Vendor Provided Training Opportunities

All of the sessions in the Vendor Training Opportunities track will be presented by conference exhibitors. Sessions presented by vendor representatives may reflect to some extent vendor opinions relative to topics presented.

Session A - Monday, May 1, 2017 10:50 AM - 12:00 PM

1A Vendor Session: Adding Voice Paging to a P25 System

Vic Jensen, Chief Technology Officer, Unication USA Inc.

This session will review the opportunities and advantages for migrating your old Analog network to the new P25 Public Safety Networks.

2A ARMER Update

Tim Lee, Assistant Director for OSRC, MnDOT
John Anderson, ARMER System Administrator, MN.IT services @ MnDOT
Jim Mohn, Chief Engineer, MnDOT OSRC

This breakout session will discuss the status of any pending and future system upgrades or adjustments, including new features or capabilities related to those upgrades. The panel will also update participants on technical implications of the ARMER systems operation, performance and maintenance from the system owner's perspective. This breakout session is an annual update meant to assure everyone has a clear understanding of relevant items considered and discussed by the System Managers Group (which is not formally part of the SECB structure.)

3A FirstNet Developments (2 hour session 3A/3B)

Josh Jack, Consultant, Televate, LLC
Melinda Miller, FirstNet Program Manager , DPS ECN
Guerdy Charles, Regional Director, AT&T

Part 1 of a 2 Hour Session (3A/3B) This breakout session will focus upon the current status of the FirstNet consultancy process, the FirstNet RFP process and the status of the FirstNet vendor selection process. The selection of a vendor should bring with it a much better understanding of how the FirstNet implementation will ultimately be achieved. As part of this breakout session, the presenters will also cover the Statewide Plan developed as part of the consultancy process and MN's next steps in the opt-in/opt-out process.

4A FirstNet (The Basics of LTE)

Brandon Abley, Telecommunications and Governance Consultant, Televate
Linda Muchow, Technology Specialist, Alexandria Technical and Community College
Rick Burke, Partner, Televate

This breakout session will provide non-technical people with a basic understanding of how a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network works and its capabilities. Although there will be some unique terminology related to LTE, the breakout session is designed for new participates who need a basic understanding of the technology behind the FirstNet project. This breakout session will also provide an overview of existing and planned on-line training related to FirstNet backbone technology and other aspects related to the FirstNet project.

5A Grants

Dustin Leslie, 9-1-1 Analyst, DPS ECN
Troy Tretter, Radio Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)
Randy Willis, Deputy Director Professional Services, Minnesota Sheriff's Association
Shari Gieseke, I.T. Administrative Support Technician, City of St. Cloud

This breakout session will have a brief overview of the status of any current federal and state grants available. This forum will be an opportunity to review/clarify what is needed to manage the various grants. It will also address how the process of awards is handled from federal to state to local recipients in general, as well as specifically for ECN grants. This session will have representatives from various regions sharing their process in seeking out projects from regional points of contact. It should be noted that this is your chance to voice your concerns, needs and questions regarding grant management and help us improve the process. The session is predominately directed at conference attendees who have a role in the grant making and grant administration process, but is open to all attendees with an interest in grants and their administration overall.

6A Regional Board-Updates

Randy Donahue, Southern Regional Interop Coordinator, ECN
Duane (Dewey) Johnson, Emergency Management Coordinator, St. Louis County 9-1-1
Nancy Shafer, Dispatch Supervisor, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Micah Myers, IT Director, City of St. Cloud
David Pike, Sergeant , Mower County Sheriff's Office
Dan Davidson, Lieutenant, Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office
Jill Rohret, Executive Director, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)
Bill Flaten, Sheriff, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office

There are seven Regional Radio Boards (RRB) in Minnesota. Although the implementation of ARMER with local participation has brought us together on a common infrastructure, there are significant differences in how each region addresses local issues. Similarly, there are regions that have built upon this RRB structure to approach broader range of issues related to public safety. In this breakout session, a representative of each region will be asked to give an overview of the regions accomplishments, unique initiatives and issues over the last year. They will also be asked to give an overview of the regions approach to public safety communication training and the use and allocation of grant funds.

7A NG911 Update

Dana Wahlberg, 9-1-1 Program Manager, ECN

Continuing to be a national leader in the deployment of next generation 9-1-1, Minnesota was recognized along with the states of Maine and Tennessee at NENA's annual 9-1-1 Goes to Washington event in February 2017. Each of these 3 states was given the opportunity to share our success stories during the 911 NOW Coalition's NG9-1-1 Technology Showcase. Learn more about Minnesota's ongoing migration initiatives on our continued journey to end state next generation 9-1-1.

Session B - Monday, May 1, 2017 1:20 PM - 2:30 PM

1B Vendor Session: Enhancing Public Safety Communications with Digital DAS

Luis Lorenzo, Presales, Fiplex Communications, Inc.

The introduction of Digital DAS has brought too many questions to the table. What are the similarities and main differences between Analog, Broadband and Digital DAS? The main objective of this presentation is to learn about their limitations and their strengths when they are applied to Public Safety communications systems.

2B Motorola SmartZone System Network Security (Michigan Security Audit)

Bradley Stoddard, Director, Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), SWIC Dept of Technology, Mgmt & Budget

This breakout session will provide an overview of Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) and discuss a recent comprehensive network security audit and evaluation. MPSCS Director Stoddard will review the audit and the steps MPSCS has taken to implement its recommendations. Michigan's MPSCS is a Motorola SmartZone system, version 7.15. It is the second largest 800/700 MHz trunked radio system in the world with 248 radio towers and more than 80,000 radios.

3B FirstNet Developments (2 hour session 3A/3B)

Josh Jack, Consultant, Televate, LLC
Melinda Miller, FirstNet Program Manager , DPS ECN
Guerdy Charles, Regional Director, AT&T

Part 2 of a 2 Hour Session (3A/3B) This breakout session will focus upon the current status of the FirstNet consultancy process, the FirstNet RFP process and the status of the FirstNet vendor selection process. The selection of a vendor should bring with it a much better understanding of how the FirstNet implementation will ultimately be achieved. As part of this breakout session, the presenters will also cover the Statewide Plan developed as part of the consultancy process and MN's next steps in the opt-in/opt-out process.

4B AERO: How to Train, Utilize and Benefit from Communications Volunteers

Michael Ostlund, Communications Specialist, Hennepin County Emergency Management

The Association of Emergency Radio Organizations is a training organization that teaches amateur radio operators and other communication volunteers how to work with you in Emergency Management.

5B IPAWS Status and Update

John Dooley, Communications and Warning Officer, DPS HSEM

This workshop will provide a comprehensive update to the operation and use of Minnesota's implementation of IPAWS. IPAWS is a modernized integration of the nation's alert and warning infrastructure which allows federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local alerting authorities to use Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standards with the IPAWS infrastructure. IPAWS provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and other public alerting systems from a single interface (AMBER Alerts).

6B National Guard as an Interop Partner

Thomas Simota, J6 Interoperability Communications Manager, Minnesota National Guard
Derrick Tuomi, , Minnesota National Guard
Tylet Stadola, , Minnesota National Guard

This panel discussion regarding National Guard capabilities and support services will explore the use of the National Guard as a partner in interoperability for various situations. The panel will present on National Guard communication capabilities, Army MARS, interoperability systems and integration with the ARMER system. There will be a presentation on how to request National Guard assets for emergencies and non-emergencies. This breakout session is held in conjunction with the National Guards display of elements of the communication resources maintained for civil response throughout MN.

7B Minnesota Text to 911

Dana Wahlberg, 9-1-1 Program Manager, ECN
Sherri Griffith Powell, Communication Consultant, Mission Critical Partners
Mary Phillippi, Director, Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC)

Text-to-9-1-1 is beginning to be deployed in many areas across the country. Minnesota is planning for a statewide deployment of Text-to-9-1-1 and this session will provide information on the status of that plan. In addition, information will be provided from the neighboring state of North Dakota along with highlights of other early adopter experiences.

Session C - Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

1C Vendor Session: Code Mandated Public Safety 2 Way Radio Communications

George Potter, Senior Public Safety Engineer, Cobham Wireless
Kevin Persing, Western Regional Sales Manager, Cobham Wireless

The focus of this session will be on the National Fire Protection Association code adoption of Chapter 72 and the impact on life safety for in-building communications. You will learn about the municipal code acceptance and what it means to the local first responder. The topic will also cover the basics of how radio frequency works in buildings.

2C ARMER Paging

Steve Olson, Instructor, Lake County and On Target Training and Consulting
Shannon Draper, Fire Chief, Red Wing Fire Department
Marcus Bruning, Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Northern Minnesota, DPS ECN
Tom Semmelroth, Administrator, Lead Electronic Systems Technician, St. Louis County Radio System
Nathan Timm, Radio System Manager, Washington County Sheriff's Office
Rowan Watkins, Radio Communications Analyst, Cook County MIS Department

Public safety (fire department) paging has always been a challenge with trunked radio systems. As a result, most agencies still maintain a separate VHF analog paging system for paging and, in many instances, simulcast one of their trunked talk group over that VHF system. Various approaches to this issue have been tried and 800 MHz trunked radio pagers have recently come on the market. This breakout session will provide an overview of approaches to public safety paging, including 800 MHz trunked radio pagers tested by some counties in NE Minnesota, including their costs and effectiveness.

3C Equipment (Devices) and Applications for Public Safety (What will become the tools for public safety?)

Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, FirstNet
Kelli Peters, 911 Program Analyst, DPS ECN

This breakout session will provide an overview of broadband resources under consideration as we plan for the implementation of a public safety broadband network. That network will ultimately provide us with the ability to monitor the well-being of responders, capture video for real time assessment and to provide real time coordination of resources. Through this breakout session, participants will be given some insight into applications and equipment that might be routinely available in the future over existing and over a public safety broadband network. The breakout session will also address lessons learned in FirstNet early adopter projects in other states (such as LA RIC).

4C FirstNet-Why Do We Need It?

Rick Burke, Partner, Televate

This breakout session provide an overview of how a dedicated public safety broadband network will enhance public safety. The session will provide an overview of the FirstNet vision, the kind of devices and applications that are envisioned for that system and will relate those resources broadly to how FirstNet will contribute to our day to day public safety needs with the ability to scale up to disaster response needs. This breakout session is directed to those who are not particularly engaged in the technical discussion but need to answer the question "Why do we need FirstNet?"

5C Standards and Best Practices for 911 Telecommunicators

Dustin Leslie, 9-1-1 Analyst, DPS ECN
Randy Willis, Deputy Director Professional Services, Minnesota Sheriff's Association
Nancy Shafer, Dispatch Supervisor, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
Judy Diehl, APCO Representative, Stevens County
Heidi Hieserich, Supervisor, Minneapolis Airport Emergency Communications Center

This breakout will provide an overview of the Best Practice Guidelines developed by a workgroup of the SECB NG911 Committee. The workgroup did an inventory of the responsibilities of PSAP personnel for both small and large agencies and developed a training roadmap to assure capabilities and competencies necessary to do the job effectively and documented best practices to achieve those outcomes. Panelists will be members of the workgroup, who will provide an overview of their final work product and answer any questions related to the results. Outside of the workgroup, there will also be discussion regarding the metro region's process in creating their standard. Many other regions from across the state based their template on the newly created metro standard.

6C Interoperating with Tribal Government Public Safety Roundtable

Chad Steffen, Patrol Officer, City of Red Wing and ARMER Administrator, Lower Sioux Indian Community
Monte Fronk, Emergency Management Coordinator, Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department
Shelley Westall, SPOC and Washington OneNet Program Director, Washington State
Duane Oothoudt, Emergency Operations Manager, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Cory Berg, Fire Management Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs Minnesota Agency
Dan DeSmet, Police Officer, Upper Sioux Community Police Department
Alan Choutka, Regional Emergency Communication Coordinator, DHS-FEMA Region V
Mario Red Legs, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Indian Affairs District 7

There are 11 different federally recognized tribal governments in Minnesota. This breakout session will be a round table discussion of tribal representatives and their counterparts discussing practices related to interoperating within their respective tribal governments and surrounding public safety partners. Many counties have developed processes and procedures to coordinate public safety responses with tribal governments. This round table may lead to an overview of various tribal governments, their public safety networks and communications resources, their potential integration into the FirstNet network and how they interoperate in local and regional communications. A brief discussion surrounding the statewide Tribal Command Operations (TC-OPS-1) talkgroup and its monthly testing will occur. This is the second year this breakout session has been offered. Last year Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Lower Sioux Indian Community were highlighted.

7C NG911 Firewalls-Implementation, Maintenance and Monitoring

Dan Craigie, Program Analyst, ECN
David Jones, Vice President, Mission Critical Partners

In this session we'll discuss the purpose and planning behind the state-wide firewall monitoring project, give a brief update on the status of ECN's RFP, present current timelines for implementation, and talk project specifics such as costs and where firewalls fit in Minnesota PSAP's overall cybersecurity efforts. We'll finish with a 15-20 minute Q&A session.

Session D - Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:40 PM - 2:40 PM

1D Vendor Session: Public Safety FirstNet Broadband Early Adopter Programs - Focus on LA-RICS

Rick Burke, Partner, Televate

FirstNet early adopter programs in Los Angeles, New Jersey, New Mexico, Adams County, CO, and Harris County, TX, are primarily up and running and functional. With a focus on the LA-RICS FirstNet broadband project, and an overview on other Early Adopter programs, this presentation will highlight program status, lessons learned, select vendor products and services, and how these networks are being employed by first responders, along with the unique operational challenges of Public Safety 700 MHz LTE networks.

2D LMR-Push to Talk (PTT) Interfaces

Jake Thompson, Radio System Manager, Anoka County
Dan Nohr, Field Engineer and PMP Certified, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Chris Meier, Area Sales Manager, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

The implementation of Push to Talk (PTT) technology into broadband (LTE) communication devices provides an opportunity to selectively integrate those communication devices into the ARMER network. One such approach, the Motorola Solutions' WAVE platform provides a communications architecture that provides for integration between different radio and broadband communications networks. Police, fire, EMS, and other work partners can communicate over PTT devices with WAVE, using different radios or broadband device. This breakout session will provide an overview of Anoka County's implementation of this platform and discuss how it is utilized in their public safety communication environment.

3D FirstNet Process in Other States-Washington State

Shelley Westall, SPOC and Washington OneNet Program Director, Washington State

This breakout session will focus on the status, approach and results of the FirstNet planning and consultancy process occurring in the State of Washington and how those efforts may compare to Minnesota's approach. There will be a discussion of issues and decisions in this process which may influence interstate interoperability. This breakout session will also include a discussion of tribal government's participation in Washington's process where similar system interoperability issues may come up.

4D Minneapolis Strategic Information Center

James ("Jeff") Rugel, Lieutenant, Minneapolis Police Department Strategic Information Center

We are in the midst of a tremendous technological shift. The potential impact of the volume of data that may be available before, during and after routine and significant public safety event can be significant. The Minneapolis Police Department Strategic Information Center currently monitor the cities extensive video camera network, ShotSpotter system and other internal and external resources to provide timely and usable information to responding personnel.

5D Alex Tech-Online Training Update (including FirstNet Initiatives)

Linda Muchow, Technology Specialist, Alexandria Technical and Community College

Alexandria Technical College has developed a number of online training courses on behalf of ECN and the Statewide Emergency Communication Board (SECB). Their work was initially related to the ARMER project but has expended to include on-line training related to NG911 and FirstNet. Beyond that, Alexandria Technical College has also developed custom training for MN PSAP operations.

In addition, this breakout session will include an overview of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association new Institute for Command and Leadership on-line training program. This on-line training program provides a number of training modules appropriate for PSAP personnel related to soft-skills identified in the Best Practices and Training Roadmap under discussion across the state.

6D Neighboring States (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin) & Canadian Provinces (2 hour session 6D/6E)

Mike Lynk, Director - State Radio, North Dakota
Todd Dravland, System Engineer, BIT Engineering, South Dakota
John Jones, Director Manitoba SWIC, Medical Transport Coordination Centre
Rhonda McKibben, Assistant Project Manager, Iowa Department of Public Safety Interoperability Communications Bureau
Marcus Bruning, Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Northern Minnesota, DPS ECN
Joshua Ripp, WISCOM Program Manager , Wisconsin Department of Justice
Nathan Timm, Radio System Manager, Washington County Sheriff's Office
Craig Marek, Manager, Kenora Central EMS/Fire Communications Centre

Part 1 of a 2 Hour Session (6D/6E) This panel will discuss the interoperability needs and plans of various neighboring states and provide an opportunity for a dialogue with panel participants representing North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The panel will also deal with the challenges of cross border communications along the Canadian border with Ontario and Manitoba. There are major roadways and rail crossings along the border with significant potential for routine and disaster cross border public safety response. They will discuss the current status of Minnesota-Canadian interoperability, the challenges to implementation and plans to be implemented in the future. The session will include an overview of the VHF (109 site) overlay that uses the Motorola Motobridge system to provide cross spectrum interoperability. That system is capable of linking other local communication resources to an ARMER talk group and is one of the resources available to support interoperability across borders. The panelists will also discuss any significant interoperable communication events in the last year, such as the pipeline protests in North Dakota

7D Critical Incident for PSAP Personnel

Randy Donahue, Southern Regional Interop Coordinator, ECN
Tom Justin, Owner, On Target Training and Consulting
Dan Anderson, Senior Coordinator for Data Collaboration and Communications, Hennepin County Emergency Management
Steve Olson, Instructor, Lake County and On Target Training and Consulting
Alan Choutka, Regional Emergency Communication Coordinator, DHS-FEMA Region V
Jim Stromberg, ARMER Program Manager / Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, DPS ECN

This breakout session is designed to provide PSAP managers with a detailed overview of the role of a Communication Leader (COM-L) and Communication Technician (COM-T) in the Incident Command Structure.  The breakout session will also provide an overview of resources available to the COM-L/COM-T, including Minnesota's Strategic Technology Reserve (STR) resources.  With many certified COM-L's and COM-T's, a statewide trunked radio system, documentation of local communication resources in CASM and STR, and the effective use and deployment of these resources as part of the Incident Command structure, is designed to minimize communication issues from any incident response.

Session E - Tuesday, May 2, 2017 2:50 PM - 3:50 PM

1E Vendor Session: What is the Next-Generation of Fire and EMS Alerting Solutions?

Terry Brennan, Vice President, RACOM
Marco Stadler, Managing Director, Swissphone North America

The market is changing. Next-generation digital alerting solutions for public safety are faster and more reliable than traditional analog/tone/voice paging solutions and offer complimentary First Net/LTE integration for convenient smart-phone applications.

2E Integrated Voice and Data (IV & D)-St. Cloud Pilot Project

Dan Nohr, Field Engineer and PMP Certified, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Brandon Larson, Radio Technician, City of St. Cloud
Micah Myers, IT Director, City of St. Cloud
Chris Meier, Area Sales Manager, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

As a digital system, the ARMER backbone is capable of integrating both voice and data communications on the same infrastructure. Although generally not considered appropriate for modern public safety broadband data requirements, there are certain attributes, such as over the air unit updates and programming that have been talked and considered by local users. This breakout session will provide an overview of a pilot project being conducted by the City of St. Cloud where this feature is being implemented and will include a discussion of costs, system impact and benefits of this feature.

3E Cybersecurity: Operating in a Threat Laden World

Christopher Buse, Assistant Commissioner and CISO, Minnesota IT Services

Government systems are now under constant attack from hackers, hoping to disrupt critical services and steal data. To operate in a world with more frequent and sophisticated attacks, government entities need robust cybersecurity programs with equally sophisticated services. In this session, attendees will learn what the State of Minnesota is doing to protect the critical government systems and data from increasingly hostile threat actors. Attendees will hear about cybersecurity challenges government entities face from years of underinvestment, along with innovative ways to develop strategies that span that territorial government boundaries. With the cost of cybersecurity solutions and nonstop threats, the success of all entities will be incumbent on how well government leaders share resources, tools and talent.

4E Rochester Data Integration Project: Intelligence - Led Policing

Joe Koncur, Crime Analyst, Rochester Police Department
Dave Thomson, Systems and Communications Administrator, Rochester Police Department

The existence of a ubiquitous public safety broadband network presents an opportunity to powerful programs and applications in the hands of our front line public safety personnel. Tools that rely upon artificial intelligence, link analysis and other analytic tools to accessing the data routinely collected by public safety officials that can be made immediately available to officials on the street. Rochester Police Department, in cooperation with IBM, has undertaken to implement a program based on a concept of Intelligence - Led Policing where these principles are applied with information made available to police officers in real time on the street.

5E Critical Incident Review Methodology (Communication Element): After Action Report Writing (2 hour session 5E/5F)

Randy Kerr, Instructor/Subject Matter Expert, Lafayette Group
Woody Sandy, Subject Matter Expert, Lafayette Group

Part 1 of a 2 Hour Session (E5/F5) This breakout session will be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP). It is designed to train participants in the methodology for conducting a critical incident review of the communication element of the response to a critical incident or as part of an exercise and in the writing of a communications-focused After Action Report. Although we are all familiar with the broad critical incident review processes, this breakout session will focus upon the communication element and the attributes a COML and COMT may bring to the response.


6E Neighboring States (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin) & Canadian Provinces (2 hour session 6D/6E)

Mike Lynk, Director - State Radio, North Dakota
Todd Dravland, System Engineer, BIT Engineering, South Dakota
John Jones, Director Manitoba SWIC, Medical Transport Coordination Centre
Rhonda McKibben, Assistant Project Manager, Iowa Department of Public Safety Interoperability Communications Bureau
Marcus Bruning, Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Northern Minnesota, DPS ECN
Joshua Ripp, WISCOM Program Manager , Wisconsin Department of Justice
Nathan Timm, Radio System Manager, Washington County Sheriff's Office
Craig Marek, Manager, Kenora Central EMS/Fire Communications Centre

Part 2 of a 2 Hour Session (6D/6E) This panel will discuss the interoperability needs and plans of various neighboring states and provide an opportunity for a dialogue with panel participants representing North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. This panel will also deal with the challenges of cross border communications along Canadian border with Ontario and Manitoba. There are major roadways and rail crossings along the border with significant potential for routine and disaster cross border public safety response. This breakout session will discuss the current status of Minnesota-Canadian interoperability, the challenges to implementation and plans to be implemented in the future. This breakout session will includes an overview of the VHF (109 site) overlay that uses the Motorola Motobridge system to provide cross spectrum interoperability. That system is capable of linking link other local communication resources to an ARMER talk group and is one of the resources available to support interoperability across borders. The panelists will also discuss any significant interoperable communication events in the last year, such as the pipeline protests in North Dakota.

7E PSAP Networks: Benefits of Maintaining Infrastructure Asset Data, Network Management and Cyber Threats

Dan Craigie, Program Analyst, ECN
Mark Perkins, Senior Consultant, Mission Critical Partners
David Jones, Vice President, Mission Critical Partners

Have you ever needed detailed information about your PSAP networks for expansion, an upgrade or for support purposes? Are the manually created drawings from the last project no longer accurate? Do you have concerns regarding the bandwidth and capability of your PSAP IT support? Are you concerned with the security of your network? In this session, we'll discuss an alternate approach to maintaining infrastructure asset data, network management, and protecting your network from cyber threats. We'll finish with a 15-20 minute Q&A session.

Session F - Tuesday, May 2, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1F Vendor Session: Improving Critical RF Communications in Indoor Scenarios through Digital Signal Boosters

Luis Lorenzo, Presales, Fiplex Communications, Inc.

To have a good response of a signal booster in a critical public safety situation often represents a big challenge for engineers and integrators. The last advances in signal boosters are given by the incorporation of digital signal processing. This brings the digital signal boosters generation. Find out the latest advances of the digital signal boosters and how it improves the response to critical situations in indoor scenarios such as metro stations, airports and stadiums. Understand the advantages in noise management. Learn about the characteristics of the last generation of digital signal boosters.

2F ISSI Gateway

Marcus Bruning, Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Northern Minnesota, DPS ECN
Joshua Ripp, WISCOM Program Manager , Wisconsin Department of Justice
Tom Semmelroth, Administrator, Lead Electronic Systems Technician, St. Louis County Radio System
Nathan Timm, Radio System Manager, Washington County Sheriff's Office

The APCO P25 Standard includes a standard for an Inter RF Subsystem Interface allowing different P25 systems to be connected and operate with many of the common features and attributes on a wide area network, such as the ARMER system. Although limited by coverage in cross band (VHF-UHF & 800 systems) situations, there are situations where overlapping coverage between P25 systems may be useful. This breakout session will provide an overview of an ISSI application implemented in St. Louis County in the Duluth/Superior Port region between the ARMER system and the Wisconsin Interoperable System of Communications (WISCOM).

3F New Mexico Broadband Experiment (Interference and other issues with broadband in a rural environment)

Brandon Larson, Radio Technician, City of St. Cloud
Melinda Miller, FirstNet Program Manager , DPS ECN

New Mexico is one of the Early Adopters that were funded to initiate a public safety broadband project under Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

4F Use of Broadband by Fire/EMS

T. John Cunningham, Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management, Elk River Fire Department

The FirstNet project will ultimately provide a comprehensive broadband network for public safety throughout the state. There are a number of communities where commercial broadband networks are available allowing for advanced applications and resources for fire departments. This breakout session will provide examples of the kind of tools and resources currently used by fire departments in communities where broadband wireless networks are available and also expand that discussion to what the future might hold with a focus upon the fire and EMS services.

5F Critical Incident Review Methodology (Communication Element): After Action Report Writing (2 hour session 5E/5F)

Randy Kerr, Instructor/Subject Matter Expert, Lafayette Group
Woody Sandy, Subject Matter Expert, Lafayette Group

Part 2 of a 2 Hour Session (E5/F5) This breakout session will be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP). It is designed to train participants in the methodology for conducting a critical incident review of the communication element of the response to a critical incident or as part of an exercise and in the writing of a communications-focused After Action Report. Although we are all familiar with the broad critical incident review processes, this breakout session will focus upon the communication element and the attributes a COML and COMT may bring to the response.


6F Motorola Trunked User Group Meeting - 2 Hours (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.)

Dave Thomson, Systems and Communications Administrator, Rochester Police Department
Jason Wiehrich, Technical Sales Specialist Manager, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

MTUG brings together Motorola and the Public Safety and Public Service agencies that utilize Motorola trunked radio systems to promote the development, sustainability, and education of Motorola products, services and processes for the mutual benefit of all parties. We will have our regular brief business meeting, followed by a presentation from Jason Weihrich, Motorola Solutions (West Palm Beach) Product Specialist for Subscriber Devices and Accessories. Jason will show the current products and discuss the subscriber roadmap of Motorola's P25 offerings. He will also discuss the SCBA integration to Motorola P25 subscribers. This meeting will be open to all attendees of the conference. If you are interested in membership, please contact any of the officers at the meeting.
https://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_us/support/mtug.html

7F Minnesota's Next Generation 9-1-1 GIS Project Update

Adam Iten, GIS Project Manager, DPS ECN

Next Generation 9-1-1 depends on current and highly accurate geospatial data to precisely identify and verify the location of callers, properly route calls to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), and provide dispatchers with correct emergency responder information. This session will provide an update on the Minnesota Geospatial Development for Next Generation 9-1-1 project, including how it affects local GIS agencies throughout the state, GIS data standards, and plans for the coming year.

Session G - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

2G CPE Hosting: Viability and Potential Cost Savings

Dana Wahlberg, 9-1-1 Program Manager, ECN
Mike Beagles, Senior Technology Specialist, Mission Critical Partners

Join us to review and find out how a hosted and shared 911 call handling system can bring operational and financial benefits to your PSAP and improve the services in your communities.

5G Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles

Cory Johnson, Intelligent Transportation System Program Engineer and Research Director, MnDOT
Phil Schaffner, Policy Planning Director, MnDot Office of Transportation System Management

The Minnesota Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Project proposal focuses on addressing real-world problems by applying CV technology to improve the safety and mobility of travelers in Minnesota, while also providing operating efficiencies to maintenance and transit vehicles. The project will take advantage of wireless communications among vehicles, infrastructure, and personal communication devices to address transportation and public safety needs. This breakout session will provide an overview of the current status of this project, the technology and its implications for public safety as it relates to NG911 and the expansion of public safety broadband systems and applications.

6G Case Studies-Contemporary Interoperability Cases (3 hour session 6G/6H)

Brent Richter, Member, Central Region EMS CISM Team
Jeff Oxton, Assistant Chief of Police, St. Cloud Police Department
Robert Dickhaus, Lieutenant, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office

Part 1 of a 3 Hour Session (6G/6H). This workshop will provide a panel discussion of various contemporary public safety events where communication and interoperability between responding agencies played an important role in the outcome of events. Presenters will describe an event, who responded, and the operational and communication challenges encountered during the event. They will also describe how those challenges were addressed and the lessons that were learned from the event. Case studies will include:

St. Cloud Mall Attack on September 17, 2016 - 6G (8:30 to 10:00 a.m.)

Callaway Truck-Train Collision and Derailment - 6H (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.).



Session H - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

2H Regionalized Shared Resources (Website/Loggers)

Micah Myers, IT Director, City of St. Cloud

This breakout session will discuss the issues involved in adopting a regionalized approach to public safety resources. The breakout session will be based upon the regionalization of various services and resources in the Central MN Region. That discussion will include obstacles that must be overcome to initiate a shared resource plan, to implement a shared resource plan and to maintain that resource efficiently. Particular attention will be paid to contrast costs of individual resources vs. shared resources and the fact that the Regional Radio Boards (JPA's) provide an ideal foundation for this process.

5H Uses of Drones (Public Safety Environment)

Derrick Green, President & CEO, Green Remote Aviation

This breakout session will provide an overview of the operational considerations and capabilities of civilian drones in the governmental and public safety environment. The use of drones has received considerable public attention in the military setting. With the extensive availability of drones (some at very moderate prices) for recreational use, it is not difficult to see how they might be applied to any number of public safety applications. The FAA has recently released regulations applicable to recreational and civilian commercial use of drones. Through this breakout session, attendees will become familiar with the current status of drone usage and some of the thoughts about how they might be used to support public safety in the future.

6H Case Studies-Contemporary Interoperability Cases (2 hour session 6G/6H)

Shane Richard, Chief Deputy, Becker County Sheriff's Department

Part 2 of a 3 Hour Session (6G/6H). This workshop will provide a panel discussion of various contemporary public safety events where communication and interoperability between responding agencies played an important role in the outcome of events. Presenters will describe an event, who responded, and the operational and communication challenges encountered during the event. They will also describe how those challenges were addressed and the lessons that were learned from the event. Case studies will include:
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St. Cloud Mall Attack on September 17, 2016 - 6G (8:30 to 10:00 a.m.)

Callaway Truck-Train Collision and Derailment - 6H (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.).