Fire, snow and crisis management – all at the BAPCO conference

Next month’s BAPCO Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Business Design Centre, London on 20-22 April 2010, will be a congregation point for the blue light services and their industry suppliers where new technology applications will be fully

Fire, snow and crisis management – all at the BAPCO conference

With the snow barely having settled after the 2010 Winter Olympics, day one of the conference will see Julie Stinson present on ‘Communications Planning behind the Games in Washington State’.

This presentation is a ‘must-see’ for all communications officers and planners who are involved in the 2012 Olympics.

Also on the Tuesday, Dr Ahmed Aldabbagh, principal engineer at QinetiQ will present Seamless communication for crisis management (SECRICOM). Dr Aldabbagh will give background on SECRICOM, an EU funded FP7 research project addressing secure communications across all agencies involved in large scale crisis.

2009 was the year Australia was scorched by heat waves and bushfires. Paul Holman, operations manager at the Specialist Emergency Response Department of Ambulance Victoria, will give an insight into how the authorities responded. His presentation, ‘Visited by Hell and all its Fury’, will outline the principles and key features of the Ambulance Victoria Emergency Response Plan and how it was applied in the catastrophic ‘Black Saturday’ bushfire event of February 2009.  

On Thursday 22 April, sessions open with a presentation from Jeanette Innes, of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, who will discuss in detail the relationship between the Cabinet Office and the Civil Contingencies Act.

Running alongside the conference, the free-to-attend BAPCO exhibition offers delegates and visitors from the emergency services, local and national governmental agency professionals and public safety officers the chance to see the future public safety communications systems, and technologies that will be shaping operations and facilitating future
inter-agency communication, from over 100 leading suppliers.  

Exhibition highlights
Among the many exhibitors, here is a sample of some of the activities, announcements and demonstrations on offer to delegates.

Advanced Charger Technology
ACT will be showing its new generation of charger/programming. The FNET3, designed to allow expansion to 56 individual lockers, can be used to charge a wide range of handheld electronic devices. The tetraNET is ACT’s most compact secure terminal charging and programming platform to date, it’s available with 15 or 30 individual lockers.

Critical communications are playing an increasingly important role in supporting decision-making. It’s vital that the necessary information is delivered to the right people at the right time. Airwave has worked in partnership with its customers to develop innovative solutions to help customers deploy resources more effectively, provide a better service to the public and keep their teams safe.

APD’s involvement with the emergency services goes back over 20 years. Organisations worldwide rely on its solutions to provide communications systems that help them respond to incidents quickly and decisively. APD provides solutions both in and out of the control room, encompassing CRM, location and tracking, location and dispatch, reporting, mobile ID and handheld and in-vehicle mobile data.

Autopage will demonstrate how GSM can be used as a secondary or tertiary bearer of telemetry and text messages. Examples of remote device control, mobile group messaging using email and SMS as well as their instant SMS and Pager message buttons will be on display.

As well as built-in wireless applications like email, personal organiser and phone, BlackBerry smartphones are being used by field workers to access key applications such as patient records, social services systems and the Police National Computer, and we will be joined on the stand by Airpoint, Handheld-pcs and Z-Three.

Brother will be attending the BAPCO show in order to exhibit a range of its products, from mobile printers and labelling machines to network ready printers. Products to look out for include the MW-140BT and MW-260BT mobile printers – ideal for mobile work forces who require lightweight, affordable and robust equipment with Bluetooth.

CyberTech provides multimedia recording solutions specifically developed for the unique communication requirements of the emergency services sector. Specialising in voice and ambient room recording, CyberTech offers benefits for Gold and Silver Command and Control suites. These include incident replay applications to monitor and time stamp emergencies.

DaMovo UK
Damovo UK will launch its Complete Online Digital Evidence System (CODES), which provides secure interview and evidential recording for the police, law enforcement and security services and aims to replace outdated analogue tape recordings and meet the National Policing Improvement Agency’s (NPIA) recommendations for ICT best practice.  

Fortek will be presenting a number of new and enhanced software applications designed to support public safety agencies during major events, incidents and other challenging scenarios. The solutions are built around delivering enhanced interoperability, combined with major incident management support, resource management and core command and control functions.

Genesis provides trunking network performance management solutions to the public safety industry. Solutions include system monitoring, management and archiving with no loss of integrity, billing and reporting for the Motorola Dimetra and P25 systems. Genesis iVista enables multiple users to access their own reports via a secure web interface.

At BAPCO, Helimedia will be demonstrating Mobile Data, Automatic Number Plate Recognition, Analytical intelligence solutions, Mobile Information Management Systems, business process modelling, biometrics and information security.

Hub Systems Ltd
Hub Systems manufactures rugged, affordable, airbag compliant mobile computer systems designed to perform in any vehicular environment. Its M6’s three-piece design allows for easy installation and cost-effective upgrading and the removable hard drive makes maintenance a snap.

iTrinegy will be exhibiting its Network Emulator products, which are used by leading civil and military organisations and their equipment providers to test the resilience of software required to run over Wireless, Radio, Satellite, Mobile and WAN networks prior to actual deployment, significantly reducing the amount of field testing needed to confirm that applications will work properly when it matters.

MCS Test Equipment
In an emergency situation, rescue staff rely on their radio equipment. But can they? MCS is inviting attendees to bring their radios along to stand 444 for a free test with the Willtek 2303 Stabilock, the only tester designed solely for the service of TETRA equipment.

Microbus will be launching its next-generation in-vehicle computer, the M-PC3. This new addition to Microbus’ suite has high performance image processing and connectivity to provide the platform for video surveillance, number plate recognition and digital video recording applications.

NDI Technologies
NDI Technologies provides powerful, easy-to-use, mobile data products available for use on BlackBerry smartphones, PDAs and In-Car Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs). These combine not only PNC access, but also applications such as Stop/Account/Search, FPNs and searching Local Intelligence systems and the Voters (QAS) Register.  

NICE Systems
NICE Systems will demonstrate its full

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