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How to Leverage Body Cameras for More than Video and Audio

Aired Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:00 am PDT, 11:00 am MDT, 12:00 pm CDT, 1:00 pm EDT

In the midst of challenging times, agencies are looking for creative ways to reduce expenses without sacrificing public safety. By leveraging technology and our Nation’s only fully designated broadband network, FirstNet, agencies can increase productivity and reduce operational inefficiencies in an area that might be surprising to some -- body worn cameras (BWC)

Traditionally, body cameras have been thought of as a device that simply records video and audio. The typical BWC system requires an officer to return to the station to place the device in a dock in order to upload each day’s footage or connect the device to external hardware that is not available in many situations. With FirstNet and Visual Labs technology, significant functionality has been added to the recording devices, simplifying the upload, storage, and review process without compromising security. This webinar will talk about stream-lining typical BWC applications, in addition to exploring new and creative ways to put these systems to use in non-traditional ways.


Division Chief Martha Ellis, Executive Director for the Public Safety Broadband Technology Association

Chief Ellis has twenty-three years’ experience as a wildland and structural firefighter. She served as the Salt Lake City Fire Marshal for over 5-years and concluded her career as the Division Chief over the Logistics, Emergency Management, and the Fire Intelligence Liaison programs. She holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science, a Masters in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and a Masters in Legal Studies from the S.J. Quinney School of Law and the University of Utah.


William Burleson, Chief of Police, Winfield, Missouri

Chief Burleson began his career in 2004 with the Byrnesmill, Missouri Police Department at 21 years of age. He served as an Officer there until 2012 when he accepted a position with the Kimmswick, Missouri Police Department, later becoming Chief of that agency in 2013. In 2017, he accepted the position of Chief of Police for the Winfield Missouri Police Department where he has since received further training at the Gateway Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), an Executive Leadership Survival course put on by LEEDS and the FBI. He also has served the community as an active member of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Greater St. Louis Council of Boy Scouts of America, and has worked closely with several other community partners in the St. Louis area. He has been married to his wife, Nicole for 15 years and has three children.

Karl Wilmes, Chief of Police (Retired), Federal Heights, Colorado

Karl Wilmes has established a career as an executive leader and senior advisor in law enforcement. He has led three agencies including serving as Homeland Security Director for the State of Colorado. He also spent 10 years with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) serving as Deputy Director and overseeing the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Systems section. He served as the Chief of Police for the City of Federal Heights, Colorado for three years beginning in January 2015. He has a broad range of local, state, and national experience in law enforcement, public safety and security. Currently, he provides consulting services to law enforcement agencies in a variety of areas, including CJIS (data sharing), biometrics, strategic planning, investigations, training, and liability reduction. Karl is a graduate of the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government leadership program, the 187th session of the FBI National Academy and Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.

Alexander Popof, Chief Operating Officer, Visual Labs

For the past six years, Alexander has been the Chief Operating Officer of Visual Labs, a public safety software company that calls itself the body camera company that does not make body cameras. Alexander has been involved in all business aspects of the company as well as management of the customer support, training and sales teams. Alexander has spoken about software and technology for numerous organizations including the International Associate of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Communications and Technology Committee. Alexander holds a BS in Accounting, an MBA in Finance and is a licensed CPA in the State of California.


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Communications in Complex Incidents: Salt Lake Earthquake During COVID-19 Pandemic

Aired Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:00 am PDT, 12:00 am MDT, 1:00 pm CDT, 2:00 pm EDT

In the midst of an escalating COVID-19 pandemic response, the Salt Lake Valley was struck with a 5.7 earthquake. Complex hazardous materials incidents, collapsing structures, and medical responses taxed the LMR and commercial broadband networks. All tiers of government, from mayors to frontline response personnel had to assess and communicate minute-to-minute status reports. While commercial cellular networks were congested due to heavy usage, agencies using FirstNet had reliable access and capacity on the FirstNet network.

Dave Herrman, Salt Lake City Fire IT specialist, and Dustin Dern, Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief and Operations Section Chief for the Incident Management Team, will share their stories and experience with FirstNet in a large-scale event. Garett Doyle, Regional Manager with the FirstNet Program at AT&T, and Tracey Murdock, from the First Responder Network Authority, will discuss the earthquake response from the perspective of their respective agencies and address the future of FirstNet and the ongoing reinvestment and further development of the network.

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First Responder Network Authority    

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COVID-19: Secure Connectivity for Rapid First and Emergency Response

Aired Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:00 am PDT, 12:00 pm MDT, 1:00 pm CDT, 2:00 pm EDT

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, police and fire departments, EMS, military units, and other emergency response organizations face unprecedented challenges. Mobile network connectivity is of the utmost importance in a crisis —enabling highly reliable access to critical applications, near real-time communications, and data from IoT devices such as surveillance cameras. Whether deployed in a pop-up site, vehicle or mobile command center, wireless networks with FirstNet® cellular connectivity are essential to a safe and effective response.

Join us to learn how emergency service providers are leveraging enterprise-grade LTE and FirstNet cellular networks to securely connect first and emergency personnel in the field.

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Sustaining Connectivity During Compounding Emergencies: Collaboration Models Between Public Safety, FirstNet & Sierra Wireless

Aired Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:00 am PDT, 10:00 am MDT, 11:00 am CDT, 12:00 pm EDT

In these unprecedented times, public safety officials, healthcare workers, school administrators, and communications providers are cooperating like never before. Connectivity, interoperability, and coverage play a key role in smooth and coordinated mitigation efforts. Learn how your community can benefit from the experiences and stories that are being written every day from across the country, as staying connected becomes increasingly more attainable with a powerful network and the tools to optimize its use.

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COVID-19 Response: Rapidly Deployable Network for Healthcare

Aired Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:00 am PDT, 12:00pm MDT, 1:00pm CDT, 2:00pm EDT

Medical professionals and emergency responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic are doing vital work — and they’re doing it anywhere and everywhere. From tents in parking lots to open buildings, hotels, and other locations, these emergency response teams need mission-critical cellular and on-site networks to keep essential technology, such as laptops, tablets, printers and medical equipment, always connected and operational.

Join us to learn how AT&T and Cradlepoint can help frontline healthcare providers rapidly deploy secure and reliable on-site wireless networks with FirstNet cellular connectivity to support pop-up testing, quarantine, and healthcare delivery sites.

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