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B-APCO 2013 will be taking place at Manchester Central, Manchester on the 29th & 30th April 2013.
In 2013 B-APCO has a fresh new agenda focusing on smarter partnerships between forces, it will also be looking to build upon a broader relationship between the emergency services, civil contingency responders, local authorities, utilities, the National Grid, Nuclear Power and oil and gas producers.
British APCO are keen to create a learning environment which will involve leading experts from the relevant sector in addition to commercial members of British APCO whose companies have the ability to supply technical solutions to compliment the management of such environments. Entry into the exhibition will be free of charge and according to sponsorship this will also apply to the workshops. British APCO would be very pleased to hear from interested organisations or individuals who would wish to participate.
Topics in the workshops will include:
The complexity of dealing with catastrophic incidents
From the initial emergency deployment with the long term strategic aim of returning to normality. The reputational impact on organisations learning environment which will involve leading experts from the relevant sector in addition to commercial members of British APCO whose companies have the ability to supply technical solutions to compliment the management of such environments.
The emergency services make a wide use of mobile data applications within their vehicles. There is an emerging issue as to how such equipment can be legitimately used by drivers whilst sustaining control and also having visibility of cinematographic equipment whilst the vehicle is in motion. The challenge to technical providers will be to assist in supplying equipment that functions within the law and continues to add value to frontline services. It would seem that this has to be achieved against a backdrop of recognising the relevance of data, delivered in a format which adds to the professional delivery of services and the safety of staff.
Digital Trunk Radio Systems
TETRA is the national digital trunk radio system currently provided by Airwave for the emergency services within the United! Kingdom. In 2016, contracts with the police service begin to expire and the Home Office is currently in the process of reviewing the future communications options. There is a clear appetite for the provision of mobile data whilst at the same time sustaining high quality voice communications, with excellent coverage and the added ability to work in the tubes and major buildings will still be an essential part of emergency service provision in the future. How this can be provided and whether it should be on a commercial network such as 4G is part of the challenge being faced by those who have been tasked with solving the issue. What the emergency services are saying to help shape the solution is critical.
Command and Control
With the demise of the arrangements for regional fire control capability and the migration to new solutions for large organisations such as the Metropolitan Police, there is a range of merging market opportunities for commercial providers. British APCO want to be playing a full ! role in assisting with solutions that delivery enhanced capability so as to meet the challenging environment in which the emergency services operate.
Governance / structures
In November elections will be held for the appointment of Police Commissioners who will replace Police Authorities and provide a different form of governance and accountability for Chief Police Officers in particular and the service in general. At the same time a police college will be created and the National Policing Improvement Agency will morph through the Home Office and eventually take the form of a new ICT company. Meanwhile north of the border Scotland will merge into one national force. What do these changes mean for the Police Service and how will they impact upon other emergency services.
To register your interest email Jasvinder Sidhu on J.firstname.lastname@example.org