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The Evolution of First Responder Communications - Making the Most of Available 4G Services

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Engage with industry leaders and experts in exciting discussions on the communications developments that could potentially aid the UK’s emergency services sooner rather than later.

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About the event

With the advent of multiple 4G commercial service providers later this year, now is an ideal time to review where professional two-way wireless communications services should develop over the coming 2-3 years.
Standards developers are preparing the LTE Release 12 to support group communications in the 3-7 year timeframe but what uses could these commercial broadband services be put to immediately? Are these commercially based services sufficiently secure, reliable and resilient to be depended upon by first responders including police, fire and ambulance?
This event, hosted by Deloitte in London, is intended to discuss views from central government, users on the ground, network operators and other suppliers on what users want and what suppliers expect to provide in the 2-3 year timeframe.
Will we see emergency service specific applications delivered on Smartphones and Tablets or will the criminal classes be first to benefit from wireless broadband? Experts in the field will come together to discuss the evolution of first responder communications, and what that means for us now and in the future.
Confirmed speakers include:
  • George Matich, Chief Technologist (Communication & Network Systems), SELEX ES
  • Gordon Shipley, ESMCP Programme Manager - Home Office, ESMCP
  • Mark Adams, Director - Chief Architect Secure Mobility , Northrop Grumman
  • Euros Evans, CTO, Airwave
  • David Chater-Lea, Senior Technologist, Motorola
  • Tony Antoniou, Chief Executive, BAPCO
  • Cate Walton, Technical Lead - Home Office, ESMPC (Panellist only)


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Hosted by Deloitte LLP

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Supported by The KTN

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Lunch Sponsored by Leonardo

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Registration over tea and coffee


Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Security & Defence SIG by Guy Kenyon of Kenyon Consulting


Welcome from our partner, John Ames of ICT KTN


Welcome from our joint lunch sponsor, George Matich of Selex ES


Welcome from our host, Antoine Grenier of Deloitte


Replacing Airwave with the Emergency Services Network (ESN); Gordon Shipley, ESMCP Programme Manager – Home Office, ESMPC

The Emergency Service Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) is attempting to procure a national critical voice and broadband data service for police, fire and ambulance services. The current service, Airwave, is expensive and only supports narrow-band data so ESMCP will go to the telecommunications market in 2014 to invite proposals for ESN from late 2016 as Airwave contracts begin to expire. 4G LTE isa serious contender for ESN.




The Role of Information and Communications Technology for Public Safety Communications; Euros Evans, CTO of Airwave

This presentation will provide a view on how mobile communications and technology will continue to be a critical enabler to support front line public safety users. It will highlight the critical service capabilities needed to deliver mission critical voice and data communications, along with consideration for spectrum and the role of standards bodies and industry vendors.




Lunch and Networking


he Stan ar s Environment for Next Generation Systems; David Chater-Lea, Chairman ETSI TC TETRA and Critical Communications Evolution (TC-TCCE) WG4 Motorola Solutions UK

As communications technologies evolve to provide new services and applications to Public Safety users, it is important that the standards environment keeps pace so that users can procure equipment that meets harmonised standards, so can be competitively procured and will be fully interoperable when in service Harmonised spectrum is equally important. The presentation will give an update of the current standards and spectrum environment for Broadband services for Public Protection and Disaster Relief, and the expected timescales for standards to be complete to enable equipment providing new services to be available.




Technology Acquisition through Academic and SME Relationships; George Matich, Chief Technologist (Communication & Network Systems) of Selex ES

This presentation will include a short introduction to Selex-ES Ltd, who are a globally defence
solutions provider, and will be followed by an overview of the scope of our interactions with UK
Academia and the UK SME community. The talk will include several case studies illustrating the
scope and nature of specific interactions in both domains from concept studies, through development, and finally production equipment supply. The talk will then conclude with a summary of what we need and expect from these interactions.




Coffee/Tea & Networking


Critical Network Service Requirements for the Mobile Mission of Emergency Services; Mark Adams, Director – Chief Architect Secure Mobility, Northrop Grumman

The Emergency Service Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has the challenge ahead of it to define the performance, operational, and security requirements that will assure the successful deployment of the next generation of communications for the emergency services within the UK. This session will focus on the process undertaken by the U.S. Emergency Services in defining the
requirements for their nationwide network called FirstNet. The session will discuss important
requirements identified by the requirements process, lead by the U.S. National Institute of Standards
(NIST), with a focus on the critical network services identified as a result of the activity. These critical
functions were deemed by the user base to be necessary for providing agencies confidence in any
future systems ability to meet their operational needs.




Overview of Today’s Presentations; Tony Antoniou, Chief Executive, BAPCO

Tony will reflect on the day’s presentations and offer his thoughts from the customer’s perspective




Open Forum chaired by Guy Kenyon of Kenyon Consulting

With all speakers and joined by Cate Walton, Technical Lead at the Home Office


Event Close & Complete Evaluation Forms


David Chater-Lea - Senior Technologist, Motorola Solutions

David Chater-Lea (Motorola )

Euros Evans - Chief Technology Officer, Airwave

Euros Evans (Airwave )

George Matich - Chief Technologist, Leonardo

George Matich (Selex Galileo Ltd)

Gordon Shipley - Programme Manager, Home Office

Cate Walton - Technical Lead, Home Office

SIG Champions

Phil Burr - Product Marketing Manager, Arm

Phil, as a senior product manager, has grown product revenue by focusing on the customer. Covering product strategy, product marketing, business development and product management, Phil is driven by the desire to connect customers to products that delight. Most recently Phil was Product Marketing Director at Arkessa (IoT SaaS platform) and Senior Product Marketing Manager at Mentor Graphics (embedded software product). Phil co-founded Octymo, a Cambridge start up focused on licensing a mobile phone applications platform. Phil brings extensive global experience including living in Asia where, for TTPCom and Motorola, he built and led a pan-Asian division to service multi-million dollar contracts.

Nick Koiza - Head of Security Business, Plextek

Nick heads up Plextek's business in the security market and has a long and successful track record across global security and public safety sectors, where he has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications. He has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications, and has also co-founded and managed Cambridge-based businesses. He began his career with the European Space Agency in Germany where he acted as a member of the Mission Control Team for a spacecraft launched aboard NASA's Space Shuttle. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick holds a Diploma from the University of Cambridge and MSc and BSc honours degrees in Space Science and Computer Science, respectively.

Derek Long - Head of Telecoms & Mobile, Cambridge Consultants

As head of telecoms and mobile at Cambridge Consultants, Derek leads the company’s collaboration within the sector. Central to Derek’s role at Cambridge Consultants is helping create breakthrough innovation that transforms the delivery of high-performance communication for their partners; from mobile carriers and ISPs, to vendors and component manufacturers. With over 20 years’ experience in mobile technology, Derek has held a range of multinational senior management roles and has a wealth of expertise across all generations of mobile and broadband technology, including LTE-A and 5G. Derek holds a PhD in telecommunications from the University of Bristol.

Tim Phipps - Technical Marketing Manager, Solarflare

Tim sees Cambridge Wireless as a way to build the network of relationships that drive business growth and a better society for us all. As Technical Marketing Manager at Solarflare, Tim works to conceive and realise the components that will make the internet faster, secure and more reliable. He has worked on technologies from their earliest beginnings to mass market adoption, including WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular from GSM to LTE. His experience includes working as a development engineer, project management, business development and product marketing.

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Deloitte - Stonecutter Court, 1 Stonecutter St, London, EC4A 4TR

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