How Can Our Emergency Communications System Handle an Attack on Washington? Conference to Explore Topic Tomorrow

Nov 17, 2015, 18:11 ET from Convergence Services Inc.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Even in isolated incidents, such as the Navy Yard shootings or the Metro Yellow Line smoke event in Washington, DC or the Marathon bombings in Boston, emergency communications systems break down. A major question is our preparedness to handle multiple simultaneous incidents like those in Paris.

A conference in Washington tomorrow will explore innovative uses of wireless spectrum to more reliably move critical information to and from the public and first responders in public emergencies. The recent specific threats to Washington from ISIS give greater urgency to the discussion.

The Smart Spectrum Summit: Broadcast/Broadband Networks for Public Safety and Other One-to-Many Data Applications is being held November 18 at the Weston Washington DC City Center. The Summit is an immersive, one-day education, update and networking event for all stakeholders in wireless spectrum today, tomorrow and 10 years from now. The Summit will have a special focus on broadcast/broadband convergence for public safety and disaster communications.

Speakers include U.S. Representative André Carson, a leading advocate for modernizing America's emergency communications system, and Michael Poth, CEO of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Panelists include top officials from FEMA's National Continuity Programs and the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.

The agenda examines capabilities and business models with the next-generation television broadcasting platform, called ATSC 3.0, particularly in hybrid networks with wireless and wireline broadband. Other panelists include investors and financial analysts, leading broadcasters, public safety professionals, and technology experts in crowd-sourcing, mobile video, and public safety video quality.

The event will include a demonstration of the Advanced Warning and Response Network (

The Smart Spectrum Summit will cast a spotlight on opportunities to create new public-private partnerships, use scarce spectrum more wisely, and improve emergency communications. It is an "on-the-record" event.

Online registration is closed, but on-site registrants are welcomed. For more information about registration, contact Fiona James at or (202) 904-0016.

About Convergence Services Inc.
Convergence Services, Inc., co-producer of the Smart Spectrum Summit, is a specialized consulting firm that provides "techno-political" government relations and digital media venture facilitation. Through our strategic consulting expertise, we assist, guide and advise companies in spectrum policy, hybrid wireless networks, and next-generation emergency communications.

For Information Contact:
John Lawson, Convergence Services, Inc.
(703) 347-7070;


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