PSBTA Holds First FirstNet Users’ Conference
Thursday, September 29, 2022 | Comments

More than 200 people attended the Public Safety Broadband Technology Association’s (PSBTA) Vision 2022 conference, which is a FirstNet users’ conference and tradeshow. The show took place in Las Vegas from September 19-21. Visitors included FirstNet Eligible users including first responders, dispatch, emergency planning and management personnel, hospitals, public utilities and transportation; their technical support teams; and administrative leadership.

“It's really important to have a conference that is solely focused on public-safety communications, given the increasing use of wireless broadband networks by police, fire and EMS,” said PSBTA Executive Director Martha Ellis. “At most public-safety conferences, communications tends to be an add-on to the broader context of conferences. That’s why we organized the PSBTA Vision 2022 conference, to put public-safety communications over wireless broadband at the center of the discussions.”

The speakers and sessions at the PSBTA Vision 2022 conference were targeted at three FirstNet groups. They were the actual end users of the public-safety broadband network, which is why the conference included hands-on training sessions for police, fire and EMS personnel; the wireless app and hardware developers who create FirstNet-centric products and equipment for these end users; and the administrators who make the purchasing decisions.

“We built our agenda about informing and engaging these three groups and talked about topics that are very specific to FirstNet,” Ellis said. “Our goal was to provide clarity in areas that can sometimes be confusing to FirstNet users. We also focused on training to help these groups get the most out of FirstNet and its associated apps and technology.”

Based on positive attendee feedback, the PSBTA Vision 2022 conference was a resounding success. “We wanted to make sure that everybody had an opportunity to talk to each other, and put communications front and center at a public safety conference and trade show,” said Ellis. “Based on what attendees are telling us, we managed to do just that.”

Another PSBTA conference and trade show is being planned for the same venue in the final week of September 2023.

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