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Words Matter: Voice is Still the 'Killer App'

Donny Jackson  (Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications)

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

Margo Deckard  (COO, Lynk Global, Inc.)

Andrew Seybold  (CEO & Principal Consultant, Andrew Seybold, Inc.)

Justin St. Arnauld  (Associate Director - 5G and Enterprise Solution Architecture, Verizon)

Location: N255

Date: Monday, March 27

Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access, Quick Pass Monday

Track: Broadband, Interoperability

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

In the most crucial moments of an emergency response, voice remains the primary method of communication. Land-mobile-radio (LMR) devices and systems continue to be the most-used push-to-talk (PTT) solutions by frontline personnel in the field, but PTT increasingly is being delivered to and from responders via broadband services.

Panelists will discuss various PTT technologies—from over-the-top apps to carrier-integrated mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) offerings—and the different ways to deliver them, including carrier networks, private terrestrial networks, and the possibility of leveraging satellite-direct-to-phone capabilities in the near future.

With so many PTT choices available today and more expected in the future, a key question is whether these myriad PTT offerings and delivery methods will enable interoperable communications, regardless of the service used.