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Select Criteria: Tracks = DRONERESPONDERS Global Public Safety UAS Summit

Tuesday, May 04, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

  • Room: Virtual
  • Session Number:5001
Drones have become incredibly valuable tools for first responders to have eyes on active scenes, conduct search and rescue missions, and collect evidence from privileged vantage points. However, for all the good they bring, there are still important limitations to their potential for positive societal impact. Traditional drones that rely... read more...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Fritz Reber
Head of Public Safety Integration
Skydio, Inc.
Session Speaker
Kevin Boyle
Commercial Lead / National Account Executive
Axon Air
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Tuesday, May 04, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

  • Room: Virtual
  • Session Number:5002
This session will discuss cases in which drones have actively and passively saved lives in emergency situations. Use cases that have seen lives saved by drones will be discussed as well as what the future holds for drones to save lives....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Wayne Baker
Director of Public Safety
DJI
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Tuesday, May 04, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

  • Room: Virtual
  • Session Number:5003
Learn about the different FAA waivers and Certificates of Authorization (COA) available to public safety agencies....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Brandon Karr
Public Safety Unmanned Response Team Lead
Pearland Police Department (Texas)
Panelist
Chris Sadler
Deputy Chief
York County Fire and Life Safety (Virginia)
Panelist
Steve Pansky
Senior Air Traffic Consultant, Law Enforcement Coordinator
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Tracks:
  • Workshop

Tuesday, May 04, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

  • Room: Virtual
  • Session Number:5004
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Carl Blando
Boston Police Department
Panelist
Ryan Gifford
UAS Program Manager
Sacramento (CA) Fire Department
Moderator
Charles Werner
Director
DroneResponders Public Safety Alliance
Tracks:
  • Workshop

Wednesday, May 05, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

  • Session Number:5005
Find out how the London Fire Brigade assisted in the investigation of an unexploded WWII bomb uncovered during the construction of a new development....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Simon Stretch
Sub Officer
London Fire Brigade
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Wednesday, May 05, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

  • Session Number:5006
Learn how modern police agencies are using sUAS for law enforcement operations in the modern era....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
David Maitlen
Sergeant
Torrance Police Department
Panelist
Jim Pauly
Mobile Technology Lieutenant
Omaha, NE Police Department
Panelist
Michael Lighthiser
Captain, Special Operations, Research and Training
George Mason University Police
Tracks:
  • Panels

Wednesday, May 05, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

  • Session Number:5007
Discover how public safety agencies across the U.S. are embracing the NIST Standard Test Methods for sUAS to validate remote pilot proficiency....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
David Danielson
UAS Program Lead, Firefighter
Los Angeles Fire Department
Panelist
Garrett Seddon
Unmanned Systems Project Manager
Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting
Panelist
Scott Dickerson
Corporal
Bend (Oregon) Police Department
Moderator
Katie Thielmeyer
UAS Program Lead, Risk Reduction Officer
Woodlawn (Ohio) Fire Department
Tracks:
  • Panels

Wednesday, May 05, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

  • Session Number:5008
Explore the latest rules and regulations impacting public safety drone operations including Remote ID, UTM, and much more....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Mike O'Shea
Program Manager and Public Safety Liasion
Federal Aviation Administration, UAS Integration Office
Tracks:
  • Workshop

Thursday, May 06, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

  • Room: Virtual
  • Session Number:5009
Find out how weather impacts UAS operations during a wide range of both blue and grey sky flight operations....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Don Berchoff
CEO
TruWeather Solutions LLC
Session Speaker
Justin Hilliard
Sergeant/Chief UAS Pilot
Jefferson County Search Dog Association/Jefferson County Fire
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Thursday, May 06, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

  • Room: Virtual
  • Session Number:5010
Discover how companies like Zipline and Everdrone are delivering life-saving equipment and supplies in both rural and urban environments using sUAS....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Christine Griffin
Senior Consultant, US Drone Services
Deloitte
Session Speaker
Harrison Wolf
Director, Global Aviation Policy
Zipline International
Session Speaker
Mats Sällström
CEO
Everdrone AB
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Thursday, May 06, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

  • Room: Virtual
  • Session Number:5011
Explore how the UN's WFP is embracing drones for a wide range of humanitarian and disaster response activities in Africa and beyond....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Matthias Boyen
UAS Service Manager
United Nations World Food Programme
Session Speaker
Patrick McKay
UAS Data Operations Manager
United Nations World Food Programme
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Thursday, May 06, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

  • Room: Virtual
  • Session Number:5012
Learn how remote pilots prepare, deploy, and conduct flight operations across a range of emergencies and disasters....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Christopher Todd
Executive Director
AIRT
Session Speaker
Daniel Cyr
Program Coordinator, RescUAV
GlobalMedic
Tracks:
  • Workshop

Tuesday, August 17, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA03
Introduction to AIRT, DRONRESPONDERS, and an overview of the current Public Safety UAS landscape as viewed through key research datapoints....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Charles Werner
Director
DroneResponders Public Safety Alliance
Session Speaker
Christopher Todd
Executive Director
AIRT
Session Speaker
Gary Harper
Lieutenant, sUAS Commander
Atlanta Police Department
Tracks:
  • Workshop

Tuesday, August 17, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA04
Planning is paramount to develop a solid foundation for a public safety drone program.  Learn key strategies for developing a roadmap to success for your UAS operations....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Brandon Karr
Public Safety Unmanned Response Team Lead
Pearland Police Department (Texas)
Panelist
Kevin Johnson
Master Deputy
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Panelist
Larry Wood
Deputy, Chief UAS Pilot
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Moderator
Michael Leo
Captain, Head of Robotics
New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
Tracks:
  • Panels

Tuesday, August 17, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB01
Law Enforcement Agency Use Case...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Gary Harper
Lieutenant, sUAS Commander
Atlanta Police Department
Session Speaker
James Cunningham
Senior Patrol Officer (SPO), UAS Program Lead
Atlanta Police Department
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Tuesday, August 17, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA05
In an aviation sector mandating the highest degrees of safety and security, most agencies continue to bootstrap their UAS programs into existence.  In this session, you'll discover the secrets to funding your public safety UAS program....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Brad Ingersoll
Deputy Fire Chief
Western Lakes Fire District
Panelist
DJ Smith
Unmanned Aerial Systems and Counter sUAS Program Coordinator
Virginia State Police
Panelist
Jim Baker
Sergeant, Technical Services Bureau
Collier County (Florida) Sheriff's Office
Panelist
Tim Martin
Director of UAS Training
Los Angeles County Regional Training Center
Moderator
Chris Sadler
Deputy Chief
York County Fire and Life Safety (Virginia)
Tracks:
  • Panels

Tuesday, August 17, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB02
Law Enforcement Agency Use Case:  The innovative policing strategy utilized by the Chula Vista Police Department is different than traditional drone programs in that it is proactive rather than reactive. Instead of launching a drone after an officer is already on scene, drones are stationed at permanent locations throughout the city... read more...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Don Redmond
Police Captain
Chula Vista Police Department
Session Speaker
Miriam Foxx
Lieutenant
Chula Vista Police Department
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Tuesday, August 17, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB03
Law Enforcement Agency Use Case: Public Safety RPIC’s Wearing Multiple Hats There is an armed suspect barricaded within an apartment who has fired shots at officers and his wife while exiting. He refuses to exit the residence and the drones are deployed for exterior overwatch and interior search for the suspect.... read more...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
David Martel
UAS Program Coordinator
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Tuesday, August 17, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA06
While standardized training and equipment continue to hamper public safety UAS program growth, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  With assistance from ASTM, NIST, and other partners, the pieces are falling into place to offer a robust, standardized training regiment for public safety remote pilots....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Adam Jacoff
Robotics Research Engineer
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Panelist
Benjamin Miller
Director
Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Fire Fighting
Panelist
Donald Shinnamon Sr.
Chief of Police (Ret)/Vice President
Unmanned Safety Institute, Inc.
Panelist
Philip Kenul
Chair, ASTM International F38 Committee on UAS
ASTM International
Moderator
Katie Thielmeyer
UAS Program Lead, Risk Reduction Officer
Woodlawn (Ohio) Fire Department
Tracks:
  • Panels

Tuesday, August 17, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB04
Law Enforcement Agency Use Case...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Tom Madigan
Assistant Sheriff
Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Tuesday, August 17, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB05
Law Enforcement Agency Use Case...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Lance Liggett
Detective
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Tuesday, August 17, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA07
Interest in tethered drone systems by public safety agencies is rapidly increasing as first responders look for convenient systems to deploy for a variety of use cases.  Hear what leading tethered drone manufacturers have to say about the systems they build, and the people who are using them....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Craig Marcinkowski
SVP, Strategy and Business Development
Fotokite
Panelist
Dean Attridge
Head of Business - Americas
Evolve Dynamics
Panelist
Ido Gur
CEO
Easy Aerial, Inc.
Panelist
Ryan Jarvis
Elistair Defense Program Manager
Elistair North America
Moderator
Andy Jaques
Director, International Operations
Airborne International Response Team (AIRT)
Tracks:
  • Panels

Tuesday, August 17, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB06
Law Enforcement Agency Use Case...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Robert Dooley
Sergeant - Statewide UAV Coordinator
Florida Highway Patrol
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Tuesday, August 17, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA08
The evolving landscape surrounding public safety sUAS continues to spark interest across the entire unmanned systems sector.  Listen to what leading sUAS manufacturers have to say about the public safety sector and the solutions they are bringing to market to help save lives....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Francois-Xavier Charbonnel
Regional Sales Manager, Americas
Parrot INC.
Panelist
Fritz Reber
Head of Public Safety Integration
Skydio, Inc.
Panelist
Jon McBride
Director of Training
Autel Robotics
Panelist
Romeo Durscher
Vice President, Public Safety
Auterion
Panelist
Wayne Baker
Director of Public Safety
DJI
Moderator
Miriam McNabb
CEO & Contributing Editor
JobForDrones & DRONELIFE
Tracks:
  • Panels

Wednesday, August 18, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA09
In May 2021, AIRT and DRONERESPONDERS teamed up with Esri, NASA Ames Research Institute, the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) to launch a global initiative to geo-map public safety drone programs and emergency response remote pilots.  Discover how your public safety agencies can benefit from this project to... read more...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Brandon Karr
Public Safety Unmanned Response Team Lead
Pearland Police Department (Texas)
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Wednesday, August 18, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA10
In an ever-changing landscape of sUAS technology, learn how public safety agencies are their building fleets to meet the needs of today, with an eye on the future....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Eric Schwartz
Quality Project Manager, FPL Air
Florida Power & Light Company
Panelist
Fred Carlson
Lieutenant FDNY Robotics
FDNY
Panelist
Katie Thielmeyer
UAS Program Lead, Risk Reduction Officer
Woodlawn (Ohio) Fire Department
Panelist
Tim Martin
Director of UAS Training
Los Angeles County Regional Training Center
Moderator
Larry Wood
Deputy, Chief UAS Pilot
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
Tracks:
  • Panels

Wednesday, August 18, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB07
Fire / EMS Use Case...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Michael Leo
Captain, Head of Robotics
New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Wednesday, August 18, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA11
The days of a yellow tape line keeping the press away are gone.  Savvy journalists are turning to sUAS to capture aerial imagery of active incidents, crime scenes, and disaster response efforts.  First responders and the press each have jobs to do.  In this session, we'll explore successful strategies for... read more...
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Chata Spikes
Public Affairs Director
Atlanta Police Department
Panelist
Greg Agvent
Senior Director, CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting
CNN
Panelist
Jeff Rose
UAS Chief Pilot
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Panelist
John Chafee
Sergeant / Public Information Officer
Atlanta Police Department
Moderator
Mickey Osterreicher
General Counsel
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
Tracks:
  • Panels

Wednesday, August 18, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB08
Fire / EMS Use Case...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Rich Gatanis
Firefighter / HazMat Technician / UAS Coordinator
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Wednesday, August 18, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB09
As an early adopter of Public Safety UAS integration, York County’s R.O.V.E.R. (Remote Operated Vehicles for Emergency Response) Team has deployed on many fire and law enforcement missions. This session will take a look at a few of their missions such as over watch of Dive Operations, indoor missions, and... read more...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Chris Sadler
Deputy Chief
York County Fire and Life Safety (Virginia)
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Wednesday, August 18, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA12
It is not about the drone, it is about the end product.  The result can mean a massive amount of data requiring a solid plan for secure transfer and storage.  LEO missions must protect the chain of custody of evidence intended for trial.  Explore how public safety agencies are managing... read more...
Speaker(s)
Panelist
David Martel
UAS Program Coordinator
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Panelist
DJ Smith
Unmanned Aerial Systems and Counter sUAS Program Coordinator
Virginia State Police
Panelist
Jim Baker
Sergeant, Technical Services Bureau
Collier County (Florida) Sheriff's Office
Moderator
Lance Liggett
Detective
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Tracks:
  • Panels

Wednesday, August 18, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA13
As drones evolve how first responders operate, the livestreaming of aerial video to command and general staff personnel has become one of the most sought-after use cases for sUAS.  In this session, we'll explore the solutions various public safety agencies are using to push video from drones to end users....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Brad Ingersoll
Deputy Fire Chief
Western Lakes Fire District
Session Speaker
Brandon Karr
Public Safety Unmanned Response Team Lead
Pearland Police Department (Texas)
Session Speaker
Don Redmond
Police Captain
Chula Vista Police Department
Session Speaker
Fred Carlson
Lieutenant FDNY Robotics
FDNY
Session Speaker
Robert Dooley
Sergeant - Statewide UAV Coordinator
Florida Highway Patrol
Tracks:
  • Workshop

Wednesday, August 18, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA14
Working with the FAA can feel like a daunting task for public safety agencies who are new to the realm of aviation regulations.  In this session, we have assembled a team of public safety experts who have experience on a wide variety of FAA topics including COA's, waivers, regulations, and... read more...
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Chris Sadler
Deputy Chief
York County Fire and Life Safety (Virginia)
Panelist
Kerry Fleming
Manager of the System Operations Support Center (SOSC)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Panelist
Miriam Foxx
Lieutenant
Chula Vista Police Department
Panelist
Steve Pansky
Senior Air Traffic Consultant, Law Enforcement Coordinator
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Moderator
Tom Madigan
Assistant Sheriff
Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Tracks:
  • Panels

Wednesday, August 18, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB10
Discover how the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics in Germany is using UAV's with a volumetric microphone array attached to estimate the compass bearing of human screams during a disaster....
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Macarena Varela
Research Fellow
Fraunhofer FKIE
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Thursday, August 19, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA15
The value proposition continues to expand for sUAS and remote sensing products for incident management and disaster response.  In the session, we'll explore how emergency managers from State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) partners are embracing drones to assist with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery missions....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Eric Schwartz
Quality Project Manager, FPL Air
Florida Power & Light Company
Panelist
Riley Land
Past Director of Emergency Management
City of Columbus (Georgia)
Panelist
Tom Madigan
Assistant Sheriff
Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Tracks:
  • Panels

Thursday, August 19, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA16
Hazardous materials incidents are among the most dangerous and challenging missions for public safety agencies.  Discover how UAS are shifting the odds to provide safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective response efforts for first responders facing unknown variables and extreme danger....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Benjamin Miller
Director
Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Fire Fighting
Panelist
Rich Gatanis
Firefighter / HazMat Technician / UAS Coordinator
Southern Manatee Fire Rescue
Moderator
Brandon-Dean Morris
Instructor
Security and Emergency Training Center (SERTC)
Tracks:
  • Panels

Thursday, August 19, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB12
Emergency Management Use Case...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Brandon Karr
Public Safety Unmanned Response Team Lead
Pearland Police Department (Texas)
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

Thursday, August 19, 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA17
The delivery of mission-critical and lifesaving cargo via drone is becoming more of a reality with each passing day.  In this session, we'll assess the current landscape of drone delivery for emergency missions as well as the projected timeline and roadmap for making these operations a reality for everyday missions....
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Andy Jaques
Director, International Operations
Airborne International Response Team (AIRT)
Panelist
David Jones
Director, Air Traffic Systems Customer Engagements & Solutions
Raytheon
Panelist
Harrison Wolf
Director, Global Aviation Policy
Zipline International
Moderator
Christine Griffin
Senior Consultant, US Drone Services
Deloitte
Tracks:
  • Panels

Thursday, August 19, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room: C111
  • Session Number:SAFA18
Mother Nature has long proven to be either friend or foe to aviation, and UAS operations are certainly no different.  When lives are on the line and every second counts, the temptation to tempt fate can have dramatic consequences.  Learn how these experts meteorologists and remote pilots effectively manage weather... read more...
Speaker(s)
Panelist
Don Berchoff
CEO
TruWeather Solutions LLC
Panelist
J. Matt Rowland
Patrol Officer sUAS pilot
Fort Wayne Police Department
Moderator
Dawn Zoldi
CEO and Founder
P3 Tech Consulting
Tracks:
  • Panels

Thursday, August 19, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room: C112
  • Session Number:SAFB14
Emergency Management Use Case...
Speaker(s)
Session Speaker
Riley Land
Past Director of Emergency Management
City of Columbus (Georgia)
Tracks:
  • Stand Alone Presentation

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