Event Schedule

Our schedule is designed to answer today’s pressing communications questions central to emergency and non-emergency operations. We know that interest and concerns vary within all organizations. Our breakout sessions will be specific to the three audience tracks: Administration and Leadership, Technical Support Teams, and the end user. In addition, we will have a grants-focused presentation, as well as opportunities for dedicated one-on-one assistance to answer your burning grants questions! 

Pre-Event

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Event
Evening Reception

Day 1

8:00 - 8:10 AM
Plenary
Day 1 Kick-Off PSBTA
Panelist
8:10 - 8:30 AM
Plenary
The FirstNet Difference: United States Capital Incident January 6, 2021: During this time, you will learn about the events that took place on Jan 6, 2021 and how FirstNet’s Public Safety Network performed. From evaluating the situation on both the federal and local/state levels, this conversation will allow the audience to understand valuable lessons learned from this event and several other national events in 2021.
Panelist
Ryan Burchnell & Mike Bostic
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Plenary
Behind the Scenes View of FirstNet: This engaging hour will take you into the FirstNet program not only exploring how the program operates but also providing an opportunity for one-on-one dialog from the FirstNet Leadership team.
Panelist
Jim Bugel & Ed Parkinson
9:30 - 10:00 AM
Plenary
From Vision to Reality Leader Discussion Part 1: Hear how and why FirstNet was created and learn why this network is the public safety imperative. This deep dive will go into the history of FirstNet by those who lead the charge for public safety.
Panelist
Chris Moore, Harlin McEwen, & Dick Mirgon
10:00 - 10:30 AM
Plenary
From Vision to Reality Leader Discussion Part 2: Once the legislation had past, what were the next steps to build and operate a nationwide public safety broadband network? Hear about the challenges and solutions to creating the first and only public safety broadband network, purpose built for first responders.
Panelist
Sue Swenson, Former FirstNet Chair
Chief Jeff Johnson, Former FirstNet Vice Chair
Deputy Chief Chuck Dowd, NYPD Ret & Former FirstNet Board Member
Kevin McGinnis (INVITED)
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Plenary
BREAK – Vendor Area Open
Panelist
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plenary
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Evolution of Mission Critical Services: In this presentation we will address the overall need for standards-based mission critical voice, video and data services, as well as the opportunities these services offer first responders as they evolve.

9-1-1 & FirstNet – Working Better Together: This presentation will educate the audience on the evolution to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) and how FirstNet can help NG911 work better.

FirstNet Future Focus - ICS Forms

Panelist
Derik Mortlock, Brian Maholic, Mark Titus, Jean-Claude Rizk, Keith Martin, Mark Wilkens, & Mohammad Baig
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Plenary
LUNCH BREAK – Vendor Area Open
Panelist
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Plenary
The Future of FirstNet - Taking Public Safety Technology to the 21st Century & Beyond: Hear how the FirstNet Reinvestment program, which is designed to continually direct FirstNet proceeds back into ongoing network development, supports first responder broadband needs. The presenters will also talk about the Public Safety Advisory Committee, which is designed to assure public safety representation in the FirstNet roadmap development.
Panelist
Lisa Casias, Matt Schiller, & Brian Hobson
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Plenary
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

FirstNet Push-to-Talk Up Close & Personal: This session will provide a service overview, as well as best practices and live demonstrations of key workflows including talk group administration, creating LMR interoperable talk-groups, and more.

5G and Public Safety: Attendees will learn about the different elements of 5G networks and how those elements and features could benefit first responder use within the FirstNet network.

FirstNet Authority: TBA

Panelist
Bob Fowler, Mike Newburn, & Cody Postier
3:00 - 3:15 PM
Plenary
BREAK – Vendor Area Open
Panelist
3:15 - 4:15 PM
Plenary
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition: A Strategic Approach to Addressing First Responder Health and Wellness: This lecture will cover the FNHW Program mission, vision, goals, objectives, and strategic process for support responder wellness.

Panelist
Anna Courie
4:15 - 5:00 PM
Plenary
Vendor Hall Reception
Panelist

Day 2

7:00 - 8:00 AM
Plenary
Exhibitor Meeting
Panelist
8:00 - 8:05 AM
Plenary
Welcome / Day 2 Kick-Off
Panelist
8:05 - 8:50 AM
Plenary
Product Innovation for First Responders - How Open Standards Benefit Public Safety: Learn how the FirstNet authority and AT&T FirstNet work together to develop new and innovative solution to support public safety. Join in the discussion and see how the use of standards, new technology and innovation are all leveraged to the advantage of all first responders in the field.
Panelist
Scott Agnew & Brian Hobson
8:50 - 9:30 AM
Plenary
How Can You Be Part of the Solution? Public Safety Engagement and the Public-Private Partnership at Work for You: Open discussion on FirstNet's engagement with the public safety community from both sides of the Public-Private Partnership including active Q&A with the audience.
Panelist
Ryan Burchnell & Dave Buchanan
9:30 - 10:30 AM
Plenary
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

FirstNet MegaRange - Changing the Game: This presentation will highlight the benefits of MegaRange, its attributes, and why the implementation of FirstNet MegaRange increases confidence in an agency’s operation with improved cell edge performance.

Apps offer a practical path to today, tomorrow, and beyond: Join app ecosystem and innovations experts to learn why you can trust the App Catalog apps on FirstNet smartphones, how apps are addressing emergency needs, and near and long-term opportunities of how digital tools modernize public safety.

FirstNet Future Focus - Common Platform

Panelist
Brandon Gallion, John Goocher, Suzette McLeod, Prathima Simha, PSCR Speaker (TBD), John Elam, Milly Li, & Mark Wilkens
10:30 - 11:00 AM
Plenary
BREAK
Panelist
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plenary
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

First Priority Uplift: In this presentation, we will be sharing pro tips and best practices for Uplifting first responders. Attendees will learn how to uplift under Emergency Operations and Incident Command System framework and in mutual aid scenarios.

xResponse Operations Innovation: Come learn about the purpose, mission, and capabilities of the FirstNet Response Operations Group, find out what emerging capabilities are on the FirstNet roadmap, and hear about specific solutions for organizations to own that strengthen their ability to connect.

FirstNet Find - Fire Situational Awareness Tracking Solution

Panelist
Craig Leonardi, Guy Harris, Fred Scalera, Ryan Fields-Spack, Brad Runco, & Mohammad Baig
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Plenary
LUNCH BREAK – Vendor Area Open
Panelist
1:00 - 1:30 PM
Plenary
Grants Workshop
Panelist
Carrie Johnson & Kamala Kuhn
1:30 - 2:00 PM
Plenary
How Can You Help Us Respond Effectively? Response Operations and the Public-Private Partnership at Work for You: Open discussion on FirstNet Response Operations from both sides of the Public-Private Partnership including open Q&A with the audience.
Panelist
Fred Scalera & Doug Harder
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Plenary
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

FirstNet Central Overview of Primary Features: Attendees will get a demo and brief walk through of Administrative features (Premier, ICAM), Operational Features (Network Status Map, Uplift and FN Assist), and Training Resources (Quick Help and Tutorials) housed in FirstNet Central.

FirstNet, Built with AT&T’s Second Mission Critical Push-to-Talk solution – Up Close and Personal: This session will provide a service overview, as well as best practices and live demonstrations of key workflows including talk group administration, creating LMR interoperable talk-groups, and more.

FirstNet Authority

Panelist
Craig Leonardi, Derik Mortlock, & Bob Fowler
3:00 - 3:30 PM
Plenary
BREAK – Vendor Area Open
Panelist
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Plenary
BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Identity Management / Demo of New User Process: Come learn about the role that Identity Credential and Access Management (ICAM) plays in the FirstNet ecosystem.

Internet of Things - You can't control the emergency, but you can manage the outcome: In this presentation, we’ll be highlighting FirstNet related IOT management tools and capabilities associated with FirstNet and the benefits those management tool can provide the agency and its users, in real time. We will describe the FirstNet IoT solutions available to support public safety that provide agencies and their users an increased level of confidence in the wireless performance of these FirstNet solutions.

Off-Network PTT Communications

Panelist
Catherine Watson, Michael Salazar, Asha Shamdasani, Jeff Pedro, & Mohammad Baig
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Plenary
Vendor Hall Reception
Panelist

Day 3

9:00 - 11:00 AM
Event
Outdoor Field Day: Demos, Products

Speakers & Abstracts

Our Speakers

Industry leaders, in addition to your peers who can speak firsthand to their FirstNet experiences, are coming together at the Vision 2022 FirstNet Summit in order to bring FirstNet to life. We want your questions to be answered and your experience with us to broaden your understanding of the future of emergency communications and the role FirstNet will play. You will have direct access to all of our speakers, ensuring a personal experience like no other.

Summit Section Abstracts

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The FirstNet Framework

Every component of the FirstNet apparatus contributes to the fortitude and longevity of our Nation’s only fully dedicated public safety broadband network, especially the ongoing contributions from the first responders who use it. During this session, attendees will gain valuable insights into the history, statutory oversight, performance-based target outcomes, and why the overall FirstNet reinvestment strategy will benefit them and their communities.

Network Status, Security and Safeguarding Data

Administrators, IT specialists, and first responders all require a secure and reliable broadband network. Attendees will learn how the significant and measurable security features of FirstNet sets it apart from any other commercial networks, as well as how it can improve communications – daily and emergency – for all end users.

Responder Safety and Wellness

FirstNet doesn’t just want to provide first responders with an unprecedented broadband network and ecosystem. Another top priority of FirstNet is the health and wellness of public safety’s greatest asset – the people. FirstNet works closely with application and hardware developers in creating cutting-edge capabilities in monitoring and measuring vital health metrics, which will be featured in this session. 

Local Control/FirstNet Central

FirstNet wants to put you in the driver’s seat. Having control of your network use, unprecedented access to network status information, and the ability to uplift and prioritize responders who are invaluable to your incident response are all unique features to FirstNet. This session will take attendees through all of the FirstNet Central control panel features, allowing you to optimize the network’s use. 

Leveraging Your Ecosystem

FirstNet provides the perfect platform for supporting a purpose-built ecosystem comprise of applications and hardware designed to tackle your response challenges. Public Safety has risen to the heights of hundreds of software and hardware developers’ priority list with the advent of FirstNet. This session will feature several of FirstNet’s ecosystem partners who will showcase their products, in addition to the first responders who use them. Learn more about what is available and how it can be leveraged to completement the work being done by the first responders in your community.

Situational Awareness

Sound and reliable communications are the lynchpin to situational awareness. By leveraging consistently available priority and preemption for not only voice, but data as well, FirstNet users have the ability to share arrival reports and updates, supported by video, photos, and more. Attendees will partake in a grand overview of the key applications and hardware, in addition to case studies supporting, up to the moment situational awareness during critical incidents. Learn from your peers and how to implement changes that will benefit your agency!

Training & Working Group Opportunities

The PSBTA FirstNet Users Summit will provide applicable, hands-on training to FirstNet end users. Learn from industry experts and your fellow FirstNet users. Moreover, this is a prime opportunity to share your unique insights to help shape the future of how public safety communications can better serve you. Join one of our working groups and lend your voice for change!  

Federal Stimulus Funds & Grants Technical Assistance and Support at the Vision 2022 Summit

Grants are an excellent resource when seeking to fund a federally mandated or state/local/tribal project(s) that is without any other available funding source. As such, there are multiple grant sources that are available to assist with funding FirstNet projects.  These grants are made available to be a solution in funding and solving the evolving capability challenges in public safety, such as gaps in interoperable communications. They can help in meeting the costs of planning, training, exercise, and equipment, as well as additional personnel in some instances. Any State, Local, Tribal, or NGO can benefit from these grants when existing operational budgets are insufficient to meet the operational requirements of an agency and the needs of a community.  Attendees will receive an overview of federal grants programs, pertinent tips for developing a grant application, and how to seek technical assistance & support through All Things FirstNet federal grants expert.

Note: While grants funds may sometimes be used to attend training conferences, please confirm travel/training cost eligibility within the guidance of the grant program that you may intend to use for this purpose.

Public Safety Broadband & Beyond

The Vision 2022 Summit is a FirstNet users conference with a mission to ensure every organization and person involved in safety, security, emergency and crisis response has the tools, technology, and knowledge that they need to keep themselves and their communities safe.

Remaining Agile
COVID has been a game changer. We're seeing what is going on in our communities across this country and we know it is stressful.  As we watch first responders and all medical service providers navigate the shifting landscape, our hearts go out to you for the challenges you face.  A conference is likely not a high priority for you right now, but all the same, we feel the information we are compiling for your benefit is so important that we're forging ahead with our planning and hopeful you will join us.

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As an association, we’re working hard to create an incredible experience for all FirstNet users and potential users at our PSBTA FirstNet Users Summit, this coming January. We understand, however, things can change in an instant. We want to instill the highest level of confidence that we are monitoring the changing COVID climate and adjusting all precautionary measures in accordance with the local health department directives. Times like these reinforce the fact that a deeper understanding of how FirstNet can help you better serve your community is critical. We’ll bring cutting-edge training opportunities, access to the service providers building a better network and ecosystem to serve you, grants technical assistance and support to assist you in identifying potential funding sources to fund your project(s), and the ability to have meaningful conversations about what you need as an agency, all in one convenient location.

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