Looking towards a new dawn of technology at BAPCO 2010

Towards a New Dawn’ is the theme for the Annual International BAPCO Conference and Exhibition, taking place at the Business Design Centre in April.
This leading educational event offers a unique insight into the future of integrated communication and information technologies designed to improve and deliver public safety-civil contingency services. The BAPCO conference welcomes keynote speakers from across the world presenting real life case studies, and future-view information, support and solutions to the challenges facing emergency planners and service delivery agencies.

Conference highlights
Once again, the BAPCO conference features a dual stream format, offering a wide range of discussion under two key streams all with a highly educational focus. To support individual personal development and training programmes, all conference delegates receive a Certificate of Attendance.
On day one of the conference, Tuesday 20 April, Julie Stinson, project manager, 5 Star Team, will present on the 2010 Winter Olympics Communications Planning in Washington State. Also on the Tuesday, Dr Ahmed Aldabbagh, principal engineer at QinetiQ will provide a background on SECRICOM, an EU funded FP7 research project addressing secure communications across all agencies involved in large scale crisis. The presentation will cover two aspects: (i) the work undertaken by BAPCO and QinetiQ to establish the user requirements and capability shortfalls and (ii) the application of technologies to address these shortfalls, concluding with an illustration of how the implementation of SECRICOM can be achieved.  
On Day two, Wednesday 21 April, Paul Holman, operations manager – Specialist Emergency response Department, Ambulance Victoria, will give an insight into Australia’s summer of 2009 entitled “Visited by Hell and all its Fury”. This presentation will outline the principles and key features of the Ambulance Victoria Emergency Response Plan in addition to its application in the Victorian Heat Wave in January 2009 and the catastrophic “Black Saturday” bushfire event of February 2009.
On Thursday 22 April sessions open with a presentation from Jeanette Innes, assistant director, Programme Manager for Telecommunications Resilience from the Civil Contingencies Secretariat Cabinet Office. Jeanette Innes will discuss in detail the relationship between the Cabinet Office and the Civil Contingencies Act.
Exhibition highlights
Running alongside the conference, the free-to-attend BAPCO exhibition offers delegates and visitors from the emergency services, local and national governmental agency professionals and public safety officers the chance to see the future public safety communications systems, and technologies that will be shaping operations and facilitating future inter-agency communication, from over 100 leading suppliers.
The latest in the Phonak product range of in-the-ear hearing protection products and specialist covert wireless earpieces, ideally suited for use by police, emergency services and industry will be available from new exhibitor Abiom Communications Systems. Abiom will also display the Phonak Profile zero interference covert earpieces, which could be of great benefit to undercover officers on trains and in cars.
Damovo UK will launch its Complete Online Digital Evidence System (CODES) which provides secure interview and evidential recording for the police, law enforcement and security services and aims to replace outdated analogue tape recordings and meet the National Policing Improvement Agency’s (NPIA) recommendations for ICT best practice.
Microbus will display its latest in-vehicle computers designed to reduce road traffic accidents, as part of a new roadside initiative by Greater Manchester Police.
Radio Telecom Services Ltd, will be available to discuss its new appointment as distributor of the Infinity GPS Microphone from Kirmuss Associates of Colorado USA.
For more information
For the latest exhibition news, full exhibitor list and conference programme visit www.bapco.co.uk. For more information and to register visit www.bapco.co.uk

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