Future comms on the agenda in Brisbane


By Jonathan Nally
Wednesday, 11 July, 2018


Future comms on the agenda in Brisbane

The future of mission-critical communications in Australia will be the main topic of discussion at this month's Comms Connect Brisbane conference.

What mix of technologies will we be using in five or 10 years' time? What will the networks of the future look like, who will be operating them and will hybrid solutions be the answer? Is DMR set to continue to grow in popularity or will professional LTE be the new norm?

A group of expert speakers and panellists has been put together to consider these and other subjects:

ARCIA's Ian Miller, lately returned from a Public Safety Communications Europe meeting in Brussels, will provide an update on European efforts to establish a multinational, interoperable public safety communications system — a goal not without its challenges.

Nokia's Sohan Domingo will outline various ways in which next-generation mission-critical public safety mobile broadband networks can be implemented.

And Nilesh Joshi from CommTel Network Solutions will present a case study on next-generation networks for mission-critical services.

5G and its applications will be the subject of presentations by Roger Kane (Vicom) and Dale Stacey (SAT Pty Ltd), while a private LTE case study will be presented by Mark Lewis (Titan ICT).

Other communications technologies will also be covered, such as wireless mesh networks (Grant Jamieson, Wireless Innovation), Li-Fi (Lawrence McKenna, Wood & Grieves Engineers) and IoT (Brett Orr, Bigmate).

There will also be a half-day workshop on trends in radio spectrum management, led by Peter Hilly and Andrew May of Spectrum Engineering.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion on the growing footprint of IoT, its delivery, application and outcomes. The panel will be led by Ian Miller, and participants will be Brett Orr, Hamish Duff (ARCIA), Lawrence McKenna and Dr Haider Sabti (Titan ICT).

The conference will be followed in the evening by the ARCIA Dinner and Networking event, to be held at the same venue. This will be a great opportunity to join other radio professionals and share the excitement of an energised industry that continues to grow and establish new wireless opportunities. Member and non-member tickets can be purchased with the option of booking a full table of 10 at a discounted rate. The evening will feature pre-dinner drinks and canapés along with ample time to network, as well as a two-course dinner.

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