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FNA Conference Minneapolis

Friday, June 29, 2018 | Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Marriott West



Schedule at a Glance

The FirstNet Association Regional Forum offers a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with experts, examine case studies from public/private partners, and learn how your agency can adopt FirstNet as your communication tool.


7:30 – 8:00 AM

Coffee and Bagels


8:00 – 8:15 AM

Introduction – Al Gillespie


8:15 – 8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks - Sheriff Rich Stanek 


 8:30 – 9:15 AM

Session 1What is FirstNet - First Responder Network Authority vs FirstNet – Built with AT&T:

Description: Experts will discuss how FirstNet was created and why and explain the complimentary, yet distinct roles of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and FirstNet – Built with AT&T within the context of public safety communications.  The session will also provide information on the FirstNet – Built by AT&T portal, and will walk through how eligible network users can begin using the dedicated network.


9:15 – 10:15 AM

Session 2Network Coverage: What Does It Mean, And What Does The Future Look Like?

Description:  Industry professionals share their insight on network enhancements for the upper Midwest and will explain how these advancements will improve the user experience for Minnesota’s public safety professionals.   


10:15 – 10:30 AM

Morning Break


10:30 – 11:15 AM

Session 3Anatomy of the FirstNet – Built With AT&T Ecosystem

Description: Several partners have emerged within the public safety communications space to begin shaping the next generation of user equipment – both hardware and software.  Hear from these leading entities as they describe how this technology is currently being used in the field, what lessons they have learned through their deployments, and where they see the ecosystem is headed. 


11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Session 4 LMR to LTE integration: What Does It Mean, Why Do We Need It, And Who Can Do It?

Description: Much has been made about interoperability between LMR networks and LTE based devices. This “101” course will explain the methods by which LTE-based solutions can tie into existing Land Mobile Radio networks and will outline some of the department-wide efficiencies to be gained by leveraging AT&T’s nationwide LTE network.


12:00 – 1:00 PM

Lunch Break


1:00 – 2:00 PM

Session 5Hardware & Software - What choices and options are available today

Description:  Not just any products will make their way on to public safety’s dedicated public safety network. AT&T’s team has outlined very stringent hurdles that must be cleared before anything – hardware or software – touches the FirstNet network.  Experts from FirstNet – Built by AT&T, along with entities that have stepped through the certification processes will share their experiences on how solutions are vetted. Presentation will include an overview of what devices and software are available today.


2:00 – 3:30 PM

Round Robin Sessions


Session 6 – Building out the FirstNet Ecosystem: Apps, Peripherals & Deployables

Description:  FirstNet’s network is more than just towers.  Learn from industry professionals who will describe some of the less well-known, but incredibly important components of the network that keep people connected in a multitude of ways.


Session 7 – Push to Talk over LTE

Description:  Questions always abound regarding push to talk over LTE: is my LMR radio going away? What are the differences between LMR and LTE PTT? Is LTE-based PTT Mission Critical? This session will cover these questions and more during the roundtable session.


Session 8 – Grants & Resources Information

Description:  The solutions covered during the conference today aren’t unattainable, even to departments who may be pressed for budget dollars to cover the cost of adoption.  Learn how public safety-specific grants can help fill gaps where city or county-wide budgets might fall short.


3:30 – 3:45 PM

Afternoon Break


3:45 – 4:30 PM

Round Robin Recap | Themes that have emerged | Close Program (Ray Flynn)

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