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Conferences and Exhibitions

Presenting the industry with public safety solutions

As ever, the BAPCO Annual Conference and Exhibition will bring together the entire public safety communications sector to source the latest equipment and systems, develop important business relationships, and generate new business opportunities. With the rapid evolution of technologies, and the constant shift of policy and challenging requirements of users, it is now more important than ever to stay abreast of the issues that affect you.

BAPCO 2020 is the must-attend annual event for those involved in public safety communications in the UK. It will enable visitors to: network with the communications industry’s biggest suppliers; compare and source new comms methods, products and services; receive free expert advice on the implementation and management of equipment and technologies; attend best-practice conference sessions and pose questions to the experts at the industry’s forefront; learn how to increase service efficiency and reduce costs; and do business, make new contacts, and place orders face-to-face.

Keep up to date with cutting-edge talks on a diverse range of key topics such as Next Generation 999, as well as the use of artificial intelligence and drones in the public safety context within the conference section of the show. A key highlight of the Tuesday session will undoubtedly be the annual Emergency Services Network progress update, as delivered by ESN director Bryan Clark. This is arguably the most important year for the programme so far, and BAPCO 2020 visitors will be the first to  hear about all the latest developments. The day’s other keynote comes from Microsoft’s Jimmy Cockerton, who will be discussing ‘The Digital Frontline’.

Day two offers another plethora of compelling presentations, with topics including wearables to monitor the health of frontline operatives, and the use of technology to deliver real-time situational awareness during mass-casualty incidents. As with the first conference session, day two opens with an update on the development of a national public safety broadband network, this time VIRVE 2.0 in Finland. This presentation will be delivered by Jarmo Vinkvist of Finnish government operator State Security Networks Group Finland (Erillisverkot).

Another highlight – and bringing an international flavour – will be the Colorado 9-1-1 Resource Centre’s Monica Million discussing the new skills required for those in public safety communications and IT.

Alternatively, visit the Drone Zone on both days of the event to see UAVs in action, and to hear about the latest emergency services use-cases for this transformative technology. Come and find out how drones could revolutionise your organisation in the years to come, as well as best practice to help your organisation get ready for a drone-enabled future.

Demonstrations within the zone will highlight numerous potential cases for use of the technology by public safety organisations. This could include increasing situational awareness during large-scale incidents or observing suspected criminal operation locations from the air. Drones are now also becoming integral to the hunt for missing or injured persons. The UAVs will be taking off in a purpose-built flight zone, feeding back live imagery and telematics to the pilot on the ground. Attendees will be able to compare the solutions offered by different providers.



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