The opening salvo of workshops and sessions got underway in Orlando yesterday as the IWCE kicked off it 2018 Expo. Judging by the size and diversity of the showroom exhibitors hoping to showcase modern critical communications technologies, the show is planning on covering a lot of ground.
“Our topic list is broad and inclusive—160 sessions in 10 tracks on everything from LMR and FirstNet to smart cities and critical-infrastructure communications,” said Stacey Orlick, Director of Community and Conference for IWCE.
“From new devices to antennas to new uses for devices, technology is the lifeblood of our industry,” said Stephanie McCall, Show Director, IWCE. “Innovative technologies will be on display in the Product Showcase within our Exhibit Hall to help the government/military, public safety, utility, transportation and business enterprise professionals attending find the best solutions to do their jobs effectively.”
Technology workshops and “power” sessions will continue through the week while the keynotes will take the stage on Wednesday. They are: Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO of FirstNet Built with AT&T, Michael Poth, CEO of FirstNet and Michael Maiorana, Senior VP, Public Sector, Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
“Our industry is going through a major shift, and it’s been an exciting time since AT&T was awarded the contract during the week of IWCE 2017,” Orlick said.
A series of “Town Hall Meetings” will be staged in the IWCE Theater to offer a chance for attendees to question “government and association partners.” Other special events during the week include Wednesday evening’s Isle of IWCE Networking Reception, Thursday morning’s general session on “Rethinking Wireless”—followed by the Young Professionals Awards.
New this year, Executive Discussions are sprinkled throughout the program. Less technical and more high-level than other parts of the IWCE conference, these sessions are for upper management or other decision makers who need to understand key factors behind technology trends and hot topics.
By Jim Fryer, Managing Editor, Inside Towers
March 6, 2018