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IWCE 2022: Making the Toughest Times Better

This year's comprehensive conference program will focus on industry trends, executive discussions, regulatory reviews, technical instruction, cybersecurity checks and other discussions in various formats from informal roundtables to in-depth training classes. With 12 tracks, IWCE 2022 will cover all the major industry progressions as the technology changes every day. From updates to push-to-talk technologies, to in-building wireless, to smart and safe cities, the program offered plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge and discover emerging technologies in critical communications. 

Conference Tracks

  • 9-1-1 / Control Rooms
  • AI, IoT & Smart-X, Sponsored by
  • Cloud or On-premise Solutions
  • Critical Broadband, Sponsored by
  • Critical Infrastructure & Private Networks
  • Cybersecurity / Security
  • ETA International Training
  • Emergency Comms: LMR, LTE, 5G, Sponsored by
  • FirstNet, Sponsored by
  • In-Building Wireless
  • Interoperability, Sponsored by
  • Miscellaneous
  • Network Resiliency
  • Networking Event
  • Policy Issues
  • Situational Awareness

This Just In! Sneak Peek at 2022 Sessions...

[Keynote] Priority for Data, Video and Information Services

Speaker: Billy Bob Brown, Jr, Executive Assistant Director at Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Critical infrastructure vulnerability to cyber-attacks requires a whole of nation approach to mitigate even sophisticated nation states.  A cyber-attack on the Nation’s critical infrastructure, whether successful or not, is likely to cause a significant overload on communications infrastructure and diminish private sector efforts along with coordination of federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government response.  When the target of attack is the communications infrastructure itself, the resulting impacts impede communications operability and interoperability amongst emergency responders.  Access to data, video and information services with priority and preemption is essential to effective and coordinated activities to ensure the safety of our citizens. The Next Generations Network Priority Service capabilities coordinated by CISA, enhance national security and the ability of emergency responders to seamlessly exchange information to perform mission essential national critical functions. Learn more about these critical CISA services from Emergency Communications Division Executive Assistant Director Billy Bob Brown, Jr.

[Workshop] In-Building Infrastructure: It's a Whole New Ballgame 

2022 will mark a turning point in how the connected ecosystem perceives in-building wireless infrastructure. Industry and end users have traditionally segregated in-building wireless into commercial cellular (carrier), LMR (public safety), private networks (end user owned), and WiFi, each with their own physical layers, vendors, manufacturers, and stakeholders.

In truth, the evolution from stovepipe systems to converged infrastructure has been happening for several years. But common perception has put vendors and associations (even the Safer Buildings Coalition) into discrete boxes. In order to realize the full possibilities of scale, end-user value, and industry opportunity, it is essential that these perceptions transform in sync with reality to see that these perceptual lines are forever blurred. The common elements are: physical layer infrastructure, expertise, service providers, and money.

Neutral host providers are now funding cell, public safety, and WiFi. Through FirstNet, AT&T is all in on public safety LTE – and their in-building strategy is moving to center stage. Mandated end-user spending for public safety compliance has forever changed the business model and urgency of in-building investment. Private networks, 5G, and new spectrum options are poised to reshape every aspect of RF design, features and capabilities, infrastructure economics, and end-user network control. It may surprise many to learn that the Safer Buildings Coalition has been engaging in every one of these areas. We have much to share.

This panel series, moderated by the Safer Buildings Coalition, invites leadership from end-users, FirstNet by AT&T, neutral host providers, public safety officials, and market experts to examine the business, technical, regulatory, and market impact of the new in-building wireless paradigm. If you are in the in-building wireless space, understanding these reality-shifts is essential to properly plan for 2022 and beyond: you cannot miss this series!

 [Deep Dive Workshop] Critical Communications for Complex Incident Response

High-performance Public Safety Broadband Networks (PSBN) are now providing day-to-day benefits for police, fire, and EMS systems worldwide. But the transformative value these networks bring to agencies forced to address major complex incidents is profound. From major disasters such as wildfire, earthquake, or hurricane to large-scale mass-casualty responses, the mission-critical network services, emerging PSBN-equipped devices, and compelling command applications are re-shaping responses. This IWCE 2022 workshop examines complex incident responses and how these new capabilities change public safety operations. The workshop will highlight PSBN offerings, new devices, and incident command tools.

 P25: New Standards, Interoperability, & Security for 2022 and Beyond

 P25 remains critically important to public safety users. With over 3000 systems on the air and 42 State-wide Networks, its continued evolution with new standards, capabilities, and applications will be relevant, even as FirstNet and other public safety broadband networks continue to roll out. In this 3 hour workshop, hear directly from P25 System Directors about how P25 technology is best deployed, managed, and maintained to meet the communications needs of their user agencies. Review the governance models that have created significant growth for Statewide P25 systems over the last decade. Learn how P25 Sharing is creating cost savings and improved interoperability for smaller jurisdictions. See examples of P25 in action during planned events and natural disasters.

Learn what's new for P25 in 2022 and beyond. See how the technology is adapting and interworking to meet the changing technology eco-system. Get the latest P25 technology update including: New P25 standards, and priorities going forward and LMR interworking with LTE and Mission-Critical PTT. Explore P25 Inter-System Interface (ISSI) capabilities and best practices for interoperability through roaming and sharing region-wide, and state-wide. Learn about P25 Location Services Standards and their real-world applications. Strong interest in Communications Security and Encryption is growing. Review improved Security and Encryption capabilities including a new P25 Link Layer Encryption standard, and improved AES Key Management. Explore P25 Testing solutions and resources including: DHS CAP program, Independent Lab capabilities and In building testing. Finally, review the latest new P25 products and services for 2022.

More incredible sessions & speakers to come! Join our mailing list to receive important conference announcements and be the first to know when the full IWCE agenda is live.

Agenda-at-a-Glance

Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.​​

  • 9 a.m. – Noon:  (2) 3-Hour workshops​

  • 9 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.: (4) Power Sessions​

  • 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: (4) Power Sessions​

  • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: (4) Power Sessions​

  • Lunch: Noon – 1:30 p.m.​

  • 1:30 p.m. –  2:15 p.m. (6) Power sessions​

  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: (4) Power sessions​

  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: (4) Power sessions​

  • 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: (2) Workshops​​

Wednesday, March 23: 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

  • Keynote Program: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. ​

  • Expo Floor: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. ​

  • Sessions 10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.​

  • Lunch & Dedicated Expo Networking : 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.​

  • Sessions: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.​

  • Sessions: 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.​

  • Sessions: 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.​

  • Expo Floor Reception: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 24: 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

  • Keynote Program: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.​

  • Expo Floor: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.​

  • Sessions: 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.​

  • Lunch & Dedicated Expo Networking: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.​

  • Sessions: 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.​

  • Sessions: 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.​

  • Sessions: 4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 

ETA's Education Forum at IWCE 2022

Co-located with IWCE 2022, ETA International provided training classes through outside vendors in popular technology areas related to ETA certification. Training classes for 2022 include:

DAS Code Compliance
General Communications Technician Training 1
General Communications Technician Training 2
Practical Antenna Basics - Making Sense of RF Propagation Everyday Communication Systems
Line and Antenna Sweep Training   
Associate Certified Electronics Technician 
Radio Frequency Interference and Mitigation 
Microwave Fundamentals

 You can register for these training courses and/or tests here.