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Life Support for the Dead Zone-Direct to Device Opportunities

Joe Hanna  (Principal, Directions)

Walt Magnussen  (Director, Texas A&M University ITEC)

Viji Raveendran  (Senior Director, Qualcomm)

Renee Roland  (Special Counsel to the PSHSB, FCC)

Eric Hagerson  (Public Safety & Security Government Affairs Director, T-Mobile)

Location: W240A

Date: Wednesday, March 27

Time: 10:10 am - 11:10 am

Track: First Responder Communications, 911 & Alerts

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, Interoperability, Satellite, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

As wireless broadband networks are emerging as an essential form of emergency communications, physical barriers and lack of infrastructure in remote areas and in areas in which existing infrastructure has been compromised, challenges exist in connecting with both public safety responders and the public. The recent emergence of satellite-based direct to device and standards based device to device technologies can provide essential “last mile” communications that has the capability to fill the critical gap in the broadband-based environment.

Key takeaways:
Barriers to current broadband networks in remote areas and in areas in which current networks have been compromised
Satellite to device capabilities
Device to device capabilities