British APCO has announced that delegate registration for its Development Sessions is now live. The sessions are part of British APCO 2012 exhibition at Manchester Central from 16-17 April 2012. A new format will be used to deliver high-level sessions and debate from key players in the industry as well as informed opinion from external sources.
The Director of IT for Tesco will deliver a session on cost savings with new ITS installations, and Jamie Bartlett of the Guardian newspaper will present a view on how extremists use social media.
Two central themes for the event will be TETRA vs./with LTE, and the use of social media in critical incidents as well as in daily communication by the services.
Cost saving and deployment of constrained resources will inform all debate. Key sessions will include:
• Leading US thinker Robert Le Grande on the path from LMR to Broadband wireless communications. Drawing on experience of the first public safety wireless network in Washington DC, Robert will outline how to prepare for the next generation platform.
• In one of a number of sessions from industry leaders looking at the potential of 4G / LTE; Euros Evans of Airwave and Jeppe Jensen of TCCA will examine the potential and the dependencies of LTE for public safety, considering both voice and data requirements. This session will involve an open discussion of control room and information management requirements in both fixed and mobile environments.
• Future predictions for telecoms in 2012 - unraveling the complexities around the Public Protection and Disaster Relief spectrum issue; does ICT help or hinder in bridging the funding gap in the UK and Europe? Titled 'Beyond our Wildest Dreams?', this session will take a wide-ranging look at how 2012 may shape up.
• The closing social media session on Tuesday 17 April will offer a high level panel discussion on the many challenges facing all services and agencies dealing with emergency communications. Panelists will bring a wide range of opinion and experience to the table, and delegates should expect rigorous debate and some difference of opinion.
The BlueLightCamp is a new development for the exhibition and takes place on Sunday 15 April 2012 in partnership with the British Associated Public-Safety Communications Officers. The free event is for fire services, police authorities, ambulance services and front-line social care providers to share experiences, thoughts and best practice across all Blue Light services: up to 170 places are available.
For further information and to register for the Exhibition and Development Sessions, please visit www.bapco.co.uk