Verizon, Nokia to Host Live Crisis Response Event
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | Comments

In any crisis — whether a natural disaster, a terror attack or an industrial catastrophe — every second counts. That’s why Verizon and Nokia are again hosting, in collaboration with the Guardian Centers and Aegex Technologies, Operation Convergent Response 2018 (OCR2018), a second annual live scenario event that puts the latest crisis response innovations in first responders’ hands to help save lives.

Being held Nov. 5-8 at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Georgia, OCR2018 will once again bring together dozens of innovative companies to showcase their technologies that can enhance crisis response operations.

“When every second counts, it’s critical that first responders know the emerging technologies that are available and understand how they can be used in the event of an emergency,” said Jeff Schweitzer, Verizon’s asymmetrical solutions architect. “By convening leaders in technology, public safety and emergency response, we are able to uniquely support first responders through in-depth, immersive training and hands-on experiences.”

Adding to the success of last year’s event, OCR2018 includes seven realistic high-intensity crisis scenarios, ranging from an earthquake to an active shooter and a nuclear detonation. Attendees will experience cutting-edge technology — water-delivering drones, gas-detecting internet of things (IoT) sensors, and cell-site enabled drones that provide emergency wireless coverage — first-hand. These technologies are powered by Verizon’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

“As the DoD (Department of Defense) lead for global public-safety communications, I am always looking to understand what is in the realm of the possible within industry and then partner to incorporate next generation capabilities in DoD for our joint first responders,” said Joseph M. Wassel, director, public safety communications, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). “I must say, OCR 2017 delivered on all fronts.”

OCR2018 attendees, in addition to engaging in the interactive disaster scenarios, will participate in immersive learning experiences, including rappelling, driving an armored vehicle and more. They will also attend conference workshops to discuss best practices with industry experts and visit trade show vendors to learn more about specific public safety solutions. OCR2018 underscores the commitment to investing in innovation for public safety and engaging public safety professionals in experiences that can help them understand the technology available.

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