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Not Just LMR Anymore: Making Critical Network Integrations Work

Donny Jackson  (Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications)

Chief Harlin McEwen  (Former FirstNet PSAC Chair, Public Safety Communications Consultant)

John Vallarelli  (Captain, NYS MTA Police Department)

Ildefonso de la Cruz Morales  (Principal Analyst, Government & Manufacturing Critical Communications, Omdia)

Bryan Schromsky  (Managing Partner, 5G Public Sector, Verizon)

Scott Wright  (Telecommunications Engineer II, Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection)

Brad Stoddard  (Office of Michigan's Public Safety Communication System (MPSCS), Michigan Public Safety Communications System, SWIC)

Neil Horden  (Principal Consultant, Horden Technology, LLC)

Nicholas Falgiatore  (Senior Technology Specialist, Mission Critical Partners)

Charles Dowd  (Asst. Chief (Ret.), New York City Police Department)

Chris Odenthal  (COO, Public Safety Towers, LLC)

Location: N255

Date: Monday, March 21

Time: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Track: Interoperability, Network Resiliency

Format: Workshop

Vault Recording: TBD

For decades, critical wireless communications were transmitted almost exclusively across dedicated, voice-centric land-mobile-radio (LMR) networks. LMR continues to be the go-to technology for mission-critical voice, but it is rarely deployed in stovepipe systems anymore. The value of data-centric broadband networks has become clear, supporting new functionality and often offloading tasks—from roll calls to location information—that previously generated considerable traffic on LMR networks.

As a result, an ever-increasing number of system specifications require LMR and broadband systems to be integrated, giving users unprecedented flexibility in the devices they use and networks they can leverage to communicate with their colleagues.

In this session, learn about the technologies that support such integrations and hear network operators share their experiences in making heterogenous systems effective in real-world environments.