British APCO 2012 preview

British APCO 2012 will provide the public safety community with collaborative solutions and future emergency planning for a uniquely challenging financial context

British APCO 2012 preview

With the recent invitation by the DCLG for bids for future control room funding for Fire & Rescue Services, the continuing debate over Long Term Evolution/4G broadband vs TETRA in service delivery for all emergency responders, and the ongoing questions of whether and how social media can be used to improve public safety, the British APCO Exhibition and Development Sessions comes at a key time for all services.

The event takes place from16–17 April 2012 at its new home of Manchester Central. The two-day event offers a completely fresh approach with a comprehensive Development Session Programme and a dynamic exhibition (including many new names for 2012), a wealth of networking and learning opportunities and the latest technologies, services and thinking that will shape strategy, procurement, planning implementation and interoperability for a secure future.

Must-see sessions

US expert Robert LeGrande, CEO of The Digital Decision, will present must-see sessions on both days of the programme. Day one sees an in-depth presentation on managing the transition from LMR to broadband wireless connection in Washington DC – one of the most targeted cities in the world. On day two he will deliver detail on the work between carrier and network providers in the US to deliver seamless reliable services.

Duncan Swann of Mason and colleagues take a future view of ICT in public safety and how to cope with increasing pressures, while the case study from Aberdeen City Council offers lessons on the experience of making £1.5m savings by engaging the software community.

Peter Goulding of Motorola Solutions gives an insight into Next Generation Command and Control, while Airwave CTO Euros Evans offers a view on the roadmap to transition to LTE and the dependencies on it becoming a suitable technology for public safety requirements.

The Development Sessions close with a Social Media Super Session with representatives from Greater Manchester Police, Wolverhampton Police, The Guardian, London Fire Brigade and the NW Ambulance Service NHS Trust offering a wide range of on the ground experience and opinion – this is a must-attend for all services.

Free sessions

Among a number of free sessions open to all visitors, the ‘Decision Making Under Stress Workshop’ explores the ways in which what you do under pressure influences the way you get information, and why this changes during intense periods of critical activity. This workshop tells you all you need to know about working to your best ability under intense circumstances. Places can be booked online at the show website,

How to run an ‘unconference’: Fresh from the first ever BlueLightCamp, the National Police Web Managers Group share their experiences on the inter-agency session on 15 April – what they learned and how to replicate a brand new method of learning fast from your peers.

Graham Allen presents a critical view of the recent Audit Commission report into mobile technology in policing 2002-2012: how did we get here, and what next? The session is open to all and takes place on Tuesday 17 April at 2pm.

As well as the free workshops, British APCO 2012 also offers you a first opportunity to view the in-vehicle technologies by ACPO ITS. The team is on hand to explain the all-new Driver and Data Management System, the One Box Concept for 2015 and facial recognition systems, among others. The show displays two never-before-seen vehicles with Single Vehicle Architecture (OBSVA). 

On the exhibition floor this year, visitors and delegates will see all the major suppliers of technologies, consultancy and solutions for their businesses, as well as a number of new names and innovative services for 2012.

Further information

The British APCO 2012 exhibition is free to attend and open to all emergency services and local and national governmental agency professionals engaged in incident management, civil contingency response, disaster relief, business continuity and information management.

For further information and to book exhibition passes or to view the full Development Sessions programme and register for the event, please visit

Written by Wireless magazine
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