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Thursday, 26 July

8.30am-9.10am Registration 

Welcome: Paul Davis – Events Director, WFevents 

Beyond the planning – a glimpse into some of the technology benefits that might open for our public safety community as seen from current European developments
Ian Miller  Executive Officer, ARCIA

The recent Public Safety Communications Europe conference in Brussels gave an overview of the present state of the proposed Pan-European public safety broadband project that is now moving to a network procurement stage. A diverse range of topics were covered, including the enhancements that will come into play for public safety agencies in the near future, such as  social media monitoring and ‘text scraping’, that will deliver a broader picture of incidents, as well as enhanced control room planning and the application of Internet of Things . This session will briefly outline key developments and what we in Australia can learn from our European colleagues.


The future – next generation mission-critical public safety mobile broadband (PSMB) network, and its usage
Sohan Domingo – Business Development Manager, Nokia

In this presentation Sohan Domingo will present that the future of mission-critical networks will not only be the use of LMR networks but a combination of LMR, and a PSMB (not commercial MNO) model, to support day-to-day mission-critical operations including voice. Today, LMR networks are widely used for voice communication between the officers, in the field and control centre operators, and has been performing well during major incidents, but LMR is legacy technology, and therefore lacks the ability to provide the huge bandwidth required for mission-critical data such as VOIP, pictures, videos, video conferencing, and these days IoT, and augmented reality. The use of these software applications on the commercial network, have proven to provide better situational awareness in control centres, and in the field among first-responders. This is where next generation networks like PSMB solve the issue of bandwidth, and provide the security needed for data transfer, and storage. Read more


10.30am-11.00am Morning Break

Arrow Energy Case Study – The pain and gain of deploying Private LTE

Mark Lewis – Principle Engineer, Titan ICT

In order for Arrow Energy to deploy private LTE they had many obstacles to overcome.  The project was overwhelming at first, but with proper design and planning Arrow now enjoy the benefits of a high capacity, reliable and secure system that can support mobile applications.


WORKSHOP: Radio spectrum management: what’s trending in 2018?
Peter Hilly – Managing Director, Spectrum Engineering and Andrew May Licensing Manager, Spectrum Engineering

This workshop will include a range of topics covering various facets of the licensing of  radiocommunications services, including land mobile, fixed links and satellite. It will also provide an update on the changes that are occurring right now  in the regulatory arrangements in Australia.

This workshop will be of interest to anyone involved in the planning and licensing of radio systems in Australia, and in particular anyone having responsibilities for the management of the radio licences needed for the operation of their networks.

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What’s it all about – 5G?
Roger Kane – Managing Director, Vicom

Less than 3 years ago we were talking about the gathering tsunami of LTE applications and the anticipated move of mobile broadband into public safety.
Now 5G promises to bring order-of-magnitude increases in experienced data rates and tenfold reductions in latency to enable enhanced and as yet unimagined use cases. Moving from a 3GPP study item in 2016 to initial launches in 2018, the path to 5G deployment is quickening.
Combining innovative RF techniques such as millimetre wave spectrum usage and massive MIMO coupled with the utilisation of mobile edge computing, the technology brings opportunities and challenges.
This paper outlines the current status of global efforts in 5G and its deployment, and highlights some of the challenges it brings, its potential uses and the opportunities it offers our industry.


5G roadmap: pipedream to reality
Dale Stacey – Technical Director, SAT Pty Ltd

The next generation of public mobile communications evolution (5G) is being born and upon us. As expected, it will be bigger, better, faster, more spectrally efficient, more mobile, have less latency, have greater connection density and will concentrate on a greater number of dimensions around user requirements and experience. Given these factors, the emerging market expects even greater degrees of automation and integration of services in the wider community (eg, connected and smart city, vehicle automation, IoT, further integration with emergency services and PSMB). The latest buzzword is ‘synchronised reality’, implying an upgrade from ‘virtual’ to ‘real’ and an ‘ongoing dependence’ on a more fully integrated existence and experience. This session will look at current trends and future likely outcomes in 5G.


12.30pm-1.15pm Lunch Break

Wireless mesh networks explained and applied – what can they do for you?
Grant Jamieson – Satellite System Engineer, Wireless Innovation

Wireless Mesh in nothing new and has been used in defence, surveillance and media broadcasting for years. However, with more advanced waveforms and the ever-increasing demand for high speed data across large geographical areas demand is increasing. This presentation takes a look at how these waveforms can be applied to provide truly robust ‘last mile’ connectivity for the IP networks of the future and how they fit with the future ‘vehicle as the hub’ topology.  Grant will explain the technology around COFDM and its benefits for direct mode IP mesh networks.


Li-Fi: mobility for the 2020s
Lawrence McKenna – Telecommunications Section Manager, Wood & Grieves Engineers

Li-Fi is a technology for wireless communication between devices using light to transmit data. LED lighting solutions are used for the transmission of visible light. This presentation will provide an understanding of the technology, limitations and when it will be a beneficial consumer product. Why would we want to use Li-Fi?
Next decade, Li-Fi will be part of an integrated mobility mix, with 5G, Wi-Fi and LoPoRa (low power radio) solutions within built environments; built environments handle 90% of mobile data, voice and information.
How will Li-Fi impact mission-critical and business-critical communications? Who is expected to utilise the technology and why?


A case study on next-generation networks for mission-critical services
Nilesh Joshi – General Manager – Supply & Solution, CommTel Network Solutions

Mission-critical dedicated networks of utilities such as power, railway, emergency services, etc are built on robust, deterministic and lower OPEX-based TDM technologies. With changing applications and end-user devices, these networks are destined for evolution to next-generation networks so that they are scalable, bandwidth efficient and dynamic yet robust. This paper/presentation focuses on a case study on evolution to next-generation networks using technologies such as IP/MPLS, MPLS-TP and combination. This paper also highlights the challenges posed to these technologies from legacy interfaces, ROI, manageability and practical migration planning.


2.45pm-3.15pm Afternoon Break

IoA/IoT and deliverable use cases — what would be the one question that you would ask your assets if you could?
Brett Orr – General Manager, Bigmate

Brett realised that data from assets needs to be utilised better. He believes that while the technology behind the Internet of Things (IoT) is amazing, the data and insights generated by it is what offers real value to businesses.
That’s why he took a step further and developed Internet of Assets (IoA) framework — which brings assets closer and provides a more tangible solution on how to implement change through the information they provide. Not only does it keep track of the assets, it converts their data into a sophisticated presentation layer that reports key information – which assists in driving down costs when it’s clear where changes need to be made.


Panel Discussion: The growing footprint of IoT – delivery, application and outcomes
Panel members: Brett Orr — General Manager, Bigmate, Hamish Duff — President, ARCIA,  Lawrence McKenna — Telecommunications Section Manager, Wood & Grieves Engineers, Dr Haider Sabti — Senior Consultant, Titan ICT

Moderator: Ian Miller – Executive Officer, ARCIA

As the IoT revolution gathers pace it will become increasingly important for businesses that want to remain competitive and relevant to leverage available technologies. Updated business models can create opportunities for new and improved revenue streams, along with operational efficiencies, driven via the prudent application of available data, but they are not without risk. With increased connectivity comes increased vulnerability, with each new device a potential entry point to networks. Today’s panel will discuss some of the opportunities and associated issues that the growing footprint of IoT heralds.

6.00pm-10.30pm ARCIA Networking Drinks and Industry Dinner