Final speakers announced for Comms Connect NZ next month in May

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By Geoff Hird
Friday, 23 April, 2021

Final speakers announced for Comms Connect NZ next month in May

The bubble opening has allowed a top line of presenters to appear at the conference.

The opening of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble has allowed another regional industry leader to be added to the conference program, which is now complete.

ARCIA president Hamish Duff will present a paper on how hybrid LMR/LTE devices are breathing new life into the LMR sector, while the final slot in the program has been filled with Intelsat’s Robert Suber who will present a paper on delivering high-throughput satellite connectivity for critical communications.

Hundreds of critical comms and public safety professionals will gather in Wellington for Comms Connect New Zealand next month, with a program full of quality technical and technology focussed presentations. The highlight of day two will be an expert panel session, chaired by cartGIS MD Chris Stevens, to discuss where the future of the industry lies and how best to optimise the available resources and funding.

The conference will also feature three international industry leaders who will present by video, including CTO of the First Responder Network Authority in the USA, Jeff Bratcher, who will deliver an update on their mission critical push-to-talk deployment. The Public Safety Network’s Drew Delaney will also appear by video, presenting a US perspective on smart EMS solutions.

Co-moderator Chris Stevens will deliver his well-received presentation from Comms Connect Virtual last year: 'Big data integration — using the power of GIS as an integration tool for spatial and non-spatial data'.

Other additions to the program include: Mike Smith, chairman of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association of NZ, who will deliver a paper titled 'Internet of Things — a role for wireless ISPs in rural IoT'; plus ARE chairman Don Robertson, who will deliver a session titled 'Supporting New Zealand's SAR, Civil Defence and other emergency services through expert volunteers'.

With the travel bubble opening up, the event is registering a number of critical communication and public safety professionals coming from Australia to add to the already strong registration numbers from New Zealand.

Conference tickets are available at along with the full program and details of the free-to-attend exhibition, featuring the latest products and tech from leading industry suppliers.

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