A new era of developing critical communications

The 18th annual Critical Communications World, a leading conference and exhibition dedicated to critical communications, opens its doors at the RAI Amsterdam this May.

Following from last year’s success in Barcelona, Critical Communications World will deliver 4,000 professionals and over 150 exhibitors to discuss the latest critical communication developments in an era of data, applications and emerging technologies.

Critical Communications World will deliver leading masterclasses, conference and seminar programmes from senior decision makers. The Critical Communications Congress (formerly TETRA World Congress) will be the most interactive and content rich conference to date.

Pre-conference masterclasses
The 31 May will host nine half day masterclasses providing delegates with the opportunity to take part in more in depth discussions and knowledge gathering on their particular area of specialism, as well as providing an opportunity to network before the exhibition officially opens.

Hosted by experts from the TETRA and Critical Communications Association, these masterclasses will focus on: an introduction to TETRA, aimed at those new to TETRA or wanting to be brought up-to-date with the current status and future developments; and an introduction to LTE. With LTE being deployed by more than 350 mobile operators globally, public safety and mission critical users have adopted LTE for their next generation broadband technology. This masterclass will introduce critical communications users to the technology with a focus on mission critical features and TETRA for SCADA and Smart Grids, which will focus on the importance given to SCADA protocol optimisation for TETRA.

It will also cover the latest case studies demonstrating how SCADA over TETRA has succeeded in Europe and the Far East. The masterclasses will also explore: Evolution to Broadband, questioning what are the pre-requisites for critical broadband communication? What is the status of spectrum availability and 3GPP standardisation? What are the different critical broadband migration and deployment scenarios? All these issues and more will be addressed in this session; Critical Communications for Transport, hosted by leaders in the transportation market who will share their current market status and the challenges facing operators today; removing cost from the control room, where delegates will hear an account of the steps taken by one of the largest police forces to remove the costs from the control room operation before going onto explore the different costs involved in delivering this critical service; exploring next generation in-building public safety networks through LTE and digital distribution, which will outline the impact that LTE will have on the provision of public safety networks inside challenging environments, drawing on real‑life case studies, and explore the options for future networks using digital distribution; and Mission Critical Applications, where, through real world end user experiences, this masterclass will enable delegates to get the most out of their applications and data as well as network with other applications users.

Keynote presentations
With a 41 per cent increase in operator speakers, this year’s congress will welcome industry pioneers to discuss the future of evolution of TETRA networks. Expert speakers include: Gordon Shipley, Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme, Home Office; Professor Carlo Ratti, director of Senseable City, MIT; Jonathan Lewin, deputy chief, Chicago Police; Minna Nyman, head of Rakel & Command and Control Systems Office, Swedish Civil Contingencies; Mansoor Hanif, director of Radio Access Networks, EE; Barbara Held, Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio Germany; Bernd Vleugels, chief inspector, Lokale Politie Antwerpen (LPA); Matthias Kolb, head of IT Center, Airport Stuttgart; WC Chu, COO, China Light & Power; and JunMyung Do, senior manager, IT Division, KEPCO.

New Deep Dive Panel Sessions
Delegates will have the opportunity to get down to the core issues of some of the major critical communications projects currently taking place globally. Projects covered will include Critical Communications in Finland – cross agency and cross PDDR & non PPDR, Sweden & Norway’s Inter‑system interface trial, effectively increasing TETRA usage to 600,000 users in Germany and Bilbao metro – using LTE as a security boost to an existing TETRA network.

New Features for 2016
To celebrate and showcase the most forward thinking and innovative solutions on offer to public safety, oil and gas, utilities, transport and defence, Critical Communications World will host the Future Technologies Awards on the 1 June for the first time. With the help of our expert judging panel, the winner will be the company who has displayed that their product is the most likely to make the biggest impact on the critical communications industry in the next three years.

Providing an efficient face-to face professional networking model similar to ‘speed dating’, Speed Networking will enable participants to make new contacts through one-on-one focused conversation lasting between two-four minutes.

As a critical communications user, Interactive Demo Tours will take delegates on a sector or topic focused guided tour of the exhibition by an expert from the TETRA and Critical Communications Association. Participants will visit eight of the most innovative companies who will give you a five minutes introduction to their product. Additionally, end users will be able to discuss their challenges with leading advisors and subject matter experts at the Critical Communications User Clinics.

Critical Communications will host three new seminar programmes providing visitors with the opportunity to learn about the latest developments, challenges and emerging technologies to hit the critical communications markets. These new seminar programmes are New Future Technologies, Data Apps & Control Rooms and Cyber Security, and are all free to attend.

Speakers include: Dr Harita Joshi, Vehicular Communications and Connectivity – Energy and Electrical Systems, University of Warwick; Kjetil Hoiseth, chief engineer- Radio Network, directorate for Emergency Communication; Anders Temmerud, Police superintendant – system operator, Norwegian Police Helicopter Unit; Jonathan Lewin, deputy chief, Chicago Police; Daniel Sarasa, Urban innovation storyteller and Smart City Program manager, Zaragoza City Hall; Patrick Flynn, director of Homeland and National Security Programmes, Intel; Ryan Lawson, operations director, E-Comm 911 Vancouver; Marijo Novosel, TETRA Data Applications and TETRA Network Management, Croatian MOI; and Emmanuelle Villebrun, coordinator of Network Development, French Ministry of the Interior.

Maximising experiences
A dedicated social programme is in place to ensure delegates maximise their event experience and make those important business connections in a relaxed informal setting. Join us for the official opening ceremony of the Critical Communications World exhibition at 16:00 on Tuesday 31 May, and be the first to meet the exhibitors and access the latest technologies and new Critical Communications products.

Alternatively, join us at 17:00 onwards on Tuesday 31 May for the CCW networking drinks reception. Continue to discuss the issues of the day whilst making new contacts and enjoying drinks and entertainment with your colleagues from around the world. Finally, join the speakers, VIPs, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors at 18:30 on Wednesday 1 June at the Heineken Museum. Take this opportunity to make new contacts within the international critical communications community over a beer or two.

Further Information
www.criticalcommunicationsworld.com

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