Advances in communications technology are changing the way public-safety entities conduct business, and the latest innovations and debates regarding this ever-evolving trend will be highlighted at the 71st annual Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International Conference & Exposition Aug. 21 to Aug. 25 in Denver.

Bookending the event will be keynotes from two featured speakers, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and FCC Commissioner Michael Copps. Ridge, who served as governor of Pennsylvania before becoming the first Homeland Security leader, will speak during the opening general session on Mon., Aug. 22. Copps will speak during the closing dinner on Thurs., Aug. 25.

“Commissioner Copps has been a strong advocate in the commission for the public's safety as we have dealt with several controversial issues like the 800 MHz interference and VoIP E911 issues,” APCO President Greg Ballentine said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting him in Denver and the knowledge and experience he will bring to our conference program.”

In between, the conference will feature three 90-minute “Super Session” events on industry hot topics.

Tuesday afternoon, APCO Project RETAINS Chairman Steve Souder and Mary Taylor of the Denver Research Institute will present the final results of the Project RETAINS national staffing and retention study, touted by APCO officials as the most extensive work ever done in this field.

Wednesday, lessons learned from last year's series of Florida hurricanes will be discussed. Barry Luke, deputy chief of fire communications for Orange County (Fla.) Fire Rescue, will lead the discussion, which also will review the Florida APCO mutual-aid plan, which helped move more than 200 dispatchers to needed locations in the weeks following the hurricanes.

Thursday morning's Super Session will focus on the 800 MHz rebanding effort that officially kicked off on June 27. In addition to getting an overview of the FCC's rebanding order, session attendees can expect to be informed about the procedures involved and to receive tips designed to ensure that the complex task is completed in a timely manner with Nextel Communications paying all expenses.

In addition to these featured items, the APCO conference will include staples familiar to attendees — 15 hours of professional-development sessions, organizational committee and general business meetings and more than 14 hours for 295 exhibitors to display their wares in the exhibit hall during a three-day period (see exhibitor list). Tours of public-safety answering points will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Prior to the opening of the conference, APCO will host its eighth annual golf tournament on Sun., Aug. 21.

For more information about the conference, visit www.apcointl.org.

APCO 2005 Preview

Dates: Sun., Aug. 21 to Thurs., Aug. 25

Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Keynotes: Tom Ridge, former secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, Mon., Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m. (opening session); Michael Copps, FCC commissioner, Thurs., Aug. 25, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (closing gala dinner).

Welcome reception: Sun., Aug. 21, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. (Colorado Convention Center, Ballrooms 1-4)

Exhibit hours: Mon., Aug. 22, 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.; Tues. Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 24, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Professional development hours: Mon., Aug. 22, 10:00 to 11:45 a.m., 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.; Tues., Aug. 23, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 24, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., 9:45 to 11:15 a.m., 3:00 to 4:45 p.m.; Thurs. Aug. 25, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.

Conference hours: Mon., Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tues., Aug. 23, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 24, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thurs., Aug. 25, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

APCO EXHIBITORS LIST

Company Booth
1-800-BOARDUP 1561
1Call, A Division of AMTELCO 1520
800MHz Transition Administrator 1744
9-1-1 MAGAZINE 314
AC Data Systems Inc. 419
AC DC Industries 618
ADSi 1850
Advanced Charger Technology 515
Advanced Concepts Inc. 614
Advancetec Industries Inc. 221
Advantage Telcom 112
AEA Technology Inc. 110
Aeroflex 918
Agiosat Global Communications 539
AGL Magazine 211
AIRAYA 4.9GHz Wireless 206
Airwaves Licensing Assistance Inc. 716
Alcatel 1537
Alexander Utility Engineering Inc. 1108
Aluma Tower Co. Inc. 1847
Alvarion 106
Amateur Radio/MARS 1828
ANTENEX, INC. 1820
Antenna Plus LLC 1619
APCO Canada 1903
Aperto Networks 412
ARINC 309
ARRL - The National Association for Amateur Radio 706
ASELSAN 254
AST/High Impact Training Solutions 329
Bee Electronics Inc. 1718
Bio-Key International 1303
Bird® Technologies Group 625
Bluewave Antenna 1642
Bramic Creative Business Products Ltd. 136
Broadband Network Systems LLC 1447
Broadcast Microwave Services Inc. 650
Cadex Electronics Inc. 821
CALEA 1206
Call One Inc. 1020
Catalyst Communications Technologies 220
CellAntenna Corp. 1732
CelPlan Technologies Inc. 1637
Cingular Wireless 1823
Cisco Systems Inc. 339
Citel Surge Protection 1143
Clear-Com Communication Systems 916
CML Emergency Services 839
CODY Systems 1000
Cohda Wireless Pty Ltd. 1830
Comfort Telecommunications 209
Commtech 1723
Computer Information Systems 710
Comtelco Industries Inc. 1419
Concept Seating Inc. 1425
Concepts To Operations Inc. 820
Contact Wireless/Notify 1240
Criticall Pre-Employment Testing Software 617
Crown Point Ltd. 1241
CTA Communications 449
CTI Products Inc. 1645
CVDS Inc. 1121
CYRUN 317
Daniels Electronics Ltd. 713
Data 911 1323
DataLogic International 658
Datamaxx Group 1531
Dataradio Corp. 1222
Datron World Communications 905
DCC (Dialogic Communications Corp.) 454
Deccan International 1415
Dekolink Wireless Ltd. 1822
Dept. of Homeland Security Office of State & Local Gov't 1747
Dept. of Homeland Security/National Comm. Systems 1002
Digital Data Technologies Inc. 1237
Digital Voice Systems Inc. 1740
Dispatch Products Co. 1543
Dream Box 1216
Dynamic Instruments 306
EADS TELECOM 1739
EFJohnson Co. 1015
Electronic Systems Technology Inc. 1243
Emergency Management Equipment 955
Emergency Number Professional Magazine 1507
EmergiTech Inc. 350
EMR Corp. 1012
ESRI 1209
Evans Console 1650
Eventide Inc. 406
Eyak Technology 1730
FDM Software Ltd. 1203
Federal Communications Commission 1829
Federal Signal Corp. 518
Fiber-Span LLC 1649
First Mobile Technologies 1208
First-In by Westnet 409
FreeLinc 545
Futurecom Systems Group Inc. 1016
Gamber-Johnson LLC 508
Geac Public Safety 637
General Dynamics 806
Genesis Group 717
GeoComm Inc. 1322
GIS Data Resources Inc. (GDR) 1716
Global Software Corp. 130
Globalstar 1141
GPS Networking Inc. 1336
GTSI Corp. 1115
Harris Broadcast Communications 1729
Harris Corp. 1736
Havis-Shields Equipment Corp. 1819
HigherGround Inc. 903
Holaday EMF/ETS-Lingren 1102
Homeland Protection Professional 1815
Hutton Communications 855
ICOM America Inc. 608
IDA Corp. 1010
Infosat Communications Inc. 1516
InterAct Public Safety Systems 1029
Intergraph Public Safety 1228
INTERPOL - U.S. Department of Justice 816
Intrado Inc. 1832
IPC (formerly Orbacom) 647
IPMobileNet Inc. 325
Itronix Corp. 1701
iXP Corp. 1409
JEMS Communications 1117
JLT Mobile Computers Inc. 611
Kathrein Inc., Scala Division 620
Kenwood USA Corp. (Communications Division) 237
Kontek Industries Inc. 1641
L. Robert Kimball & Associates 418
L-3 Communications 1855
Language Line LCC 410
LDV Inc. 739
Leach Mounce Architects 421
LGC Wireless 1220
Lind Electronics Inc. 320
Link Communications Inc. 711
Lockheed Martin 1217
Locus Location Systems 512
Locution Systems Inc. 1623
Logistic Systems Inc. 149
M/A-COM Inc. 125
Mann Wireless Ltd. 726
Matrox Graphics 1402
MCM Technology 517
Mentor Engineering Inc. 1646
Mercom Systems 1109
microDATA GIS Inc. 1841
Microslate Inc. 1100
Microwave Data Systems 911
Microwave Networks Inc. 1844
Microwave Radio 313
Midland Radio 208
Miller Building Systems Inc 631
Mindbank Technical Solutions 1340
Mobile Radio Technology, a Primedia Publication 219
Mobile Satellite Ventures 207
Moducom 1624
Motorola 725
Multiplier Industries Corp. 521
NARDA Safety Test Solutions 906
National Public Safety Info. Bureau 1617
Natl. Law Enforc./Corrections Tech Center 417
Network Innovations 1417
NetworkOmni 108
New World Systems 1247
NewTel Wireless Engineering 1547
Nextel Communications 1428
NICE Systems Inc. 937
Niche Technology Inc. 811
Nine One One Inc. 1555
Nortel 413
Northrop Grumman 439
NovaRoam 1210
Oldcastle Precast Inc. 354
OnStar 1147
Otto Communications 707
PacketHop 218
Padcom Inc. 1605
Palomar Display Products 807
Panasonic Computer Solutions Co. 1047
Pentax Imaging Co. 1707
PEPRO 455
PFcomac 1242
Phone Supplements Inc. 215
Pictometry International Corp. 1006
Plant Equipment Inc. 1037
PolyPhaser Corp. 1523
Portable Computer Systems Inc. 1808
Positron Public Safety Systems 925
PowerPhone Inc. 755
Precision Mounting Technologies 718
Pro/File Systems Inc. 912
Project 25 Technology Interest Group 514
Pryme Radio Products 128
PST Technologies Inc. 310
Public Safety Group 513
Public Safety Systems Inc. (PSSI) 137
Public Safety Training Consultants 116
Pyramid Communications 255
Pyramid Network Service LLC 1338
QSI Corp. 1710
Radiall/Larsen Antenna Technologies 612
Radio Club of America 213
Radio IP Software Inc. 1107
Radiofrequency Safety International 1610
RadioResource Media Group/MissionCritical Comm. 1001
RadioSoft 901
RAM Mounting Systems 1007
Raytheon JPS Communications 1436
RCC Consultants Inc. 655
Relm Wireless 749
Reverse 911 613
Robot Factory, Inc., The 152
Ruggednotebooks 914
Russ Bassett 1236
Sabre Site Solutions 1745
SAFECOM 316
SAFER Services Corp. 1631
SensCom 555
Sierra Wireless 1421
Signaflex Inc. 815
Simulcast Solutions LLC 1342
Sitesafe 307
SmartLink Radio Networks Inc. 1515
Softwright 1004
Spectracom Corp. 721
Spillman Technologies Inc. 1309
Square Loop 1104
Stancil Corp. 1606
StarChase LLC 1239
StaticSmart Floors 126
Sti-Co Industries 607
Stone Mountain 728
Stratex Networks 1622
Stratus Technologies 1549
SunGard HTE • OSSI 1401
Survey Technologies Inc. 1225
Swiftreach Networks Inc. 1527
Sytech Corp. 654
Tait North America Inc. 1347
Talla-Tech Inc. 629
Talley Communications 724
Tally Genicom 644
Technisyst & Mobitex 1749
Tel Control Inc. 1715
TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) 619
Teletask Inc. 648
Televate LLC 1525
Telewave Inc. 708
Tele-Works Inc. 1005
Telex Communications Inc. 347
Tessco 1501
Thales Communications Inc. 1315
The Spectrum Firm Inc. 818
Thermo Bond Buildings 1223
Tiburon Inc. 1055
TIL-TEK Antennas 1755
Times Microwave Systems 1110
Tone Commander Systems 1514
Tower Solutions 1011
Transtector Systems 1725
Trident Micro Systems 1509
Trilogy Communications Inc. 416
TriTech Software Systems 1101
Tropos Networks 251
Trylon TSF 1655
Twenty First Century Communications 1139
Twisted Pair Solutions 908
TX RX Systems Inc. 627
Tyler Technologies/INCODE 355
Valor Systems Inc. 1601
V-COMM 121
Verizon Wireless Paging Solutions 1214
Versaterm Inc. 817
Vertex Standard 945
VFP, Inc. 616
Viking Acoustical Corp. 1609
VisionAIR Inc. 1835
VisionTEK Inc. 554
Visteon Corp. 1709
Watson Dispatch 917
WaveWare Technologies 212
Weather Underground Inc. 1918
WeatherTAP.com 1106
Webcom Communications Corp. 308
Winncom Technologies Corp. 107
Wireless Broadband & Sensing Solutions 1721
World Tower Co. Inc. 1137
Wright Line 143
Xwave 1522
Xybix Systems Inc. 319
Zetron 847