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Succeeding with Diverse Technologies for Transportation: Plan for Ad-Hoc Connections


Jon Paul Beauchamp  (Director, Business Development, Icom America)


Andrew Maxymillian  (Principal Consultant , Blue Wing Services)

Kyle Connor  (CEO, Powerfull Recharge)

Timothy McDowell  (TS Communications and Wireless Manager, Washington State DOT)

Location: W230C

Date: Wednesday, March 27

Time: 3:10 pm - 4:10 pm

Track: Transportation, State & Local Government

Topic: Interoperability, Project Management, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Attendees will participate in a lively discussion for transportation agencies to discuss integrating multiple technologies to fulfill communications' objectives. Decoupling sole-source equipment purchases from unified command goals allows and creates opportunities for both redundancy and greater reach, utilizing a refreshed sense of collaborative ingenuity to match performance with priority, and technology with topography.

In this session, agencies and their communication teams learn how to put procedures in place to allow / promote interconnectivity between diverse agencies/companies and technologies; have equipment in place to allow for ad-hoc connections with public safety agencies, other governmental agencies and possible sub contracted companies, and have and host training to allow for these connections as needed. Technology discussed will include Interoperability boxes, console solutions, broadband voice products, LMR products and broadband back-haul products.

Key takeaways:
  • The pros and cons of single technology solutions vs an amalgamated solution for both blue and grey sky scenarios.
  • Why planning for disparate platforms prepares you for the inevitable
  • The need for protocols for inter- connecting audio paths
  • Actively promoting available gateway connections removes the fear and confusion during deployment