IWCE 2016 will include new showcase areas for infrastructure, wearables, drones and apps
By Stephanie McCall, IWCE Show Director
Infrastructure, wearables, drones and applications initiatives for IWCE 2016 are all in the works as I write this blog!
We are launching quite a few new initiatives for IWCE 2016, with our largest one focusing around network infrastructure. Penton—the parent company for IWCE—recently made a strategic move by hiring Lucy Green, an industry veteran who previously worked with UBM on its Tower and Small Cell Summit at the CTIA Super Mobility show.
Lucy’s knowledge and relationships within the tower industry are immense. Be on the lookout for more information and our launch of a new IWCE forum focused on network architecture and infrastructure.
We also are excited to expand on our popular wearables program. In 2015, we conducted a survey on body-worn cameras for public safety, and the results were presented in a session at IWCE 2015. Last week, we hosted a paid online class examining the policy considerations surrounding the body-camera deployments. You can click here to access an archived recording of the class.
We will continue to pursue this growing sector. At next year’s IWCE 2016, body cameras will be a featured technology in a new area in the exhibit hall—the Wearable Technology Pavilion!
In addition, we are developing an exhibit-hall area next year that will showcase the capabilities of unmanned vehicles, or drones. These aerial demonstrations should be of interested to IWCE attendees from the public-safety, tower and critical-infrastructure communities, all of which are exploring drone use to improve service levels and efficiencies.
Finally, there is an app for that! Applications can play an important role in saving lives, troubleshooting, and collaborating. We are excited to introduce an App Center at IWCE 2016, where attendees will be able to interact with a variety of industry-related apps. If you know of an app that should be featured in the App Center, e-mail me at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, be on the lookout for more information on our exciting new initiatives for IWCE 2016!