Phil Kouwe, President of Hangar 14 Solutions, was invited to be a speaker at the event, which spotlights the developing use of broadband in advanced public safety communications. With over 200 attendees, representing 38 states as well as Australia and New Zealand, APCO’s 3rd Annual Broadband Summit was considered to be a great success.
Chief Charles Dowd, FirstNet Board Member, gave the opening keynote remarks and talked about his experience dealing with Superstorm Sandy. Dowd’s opening was the perfect segue into the day's sessions, which focused on technology and the future of public safety communications. The morning extended into presentations on fostering innovation in public safety apps, including remarks by Brian Forde, representing the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Kouwe's presentation of StreetWise CADlink was part of a panel session spotlighting advanced communications and data sharing by public safety agencies using mobile broadband in the field.
Kouwe highlighted the ability of the StreetWise cloud-based data management system to allow departments in different states or even different countries to collaborate live, in real time, on common incidents. The attendees heard about the system's collaborative map environment, shared tactical waypoints, and interactive messaging. Along with two other application developers, Kouwe fielded questions from the group about the challenges of the development process and moving new technology into a historically-traditional market.