Submission topics

Submission Deadline: Friday 4th October 2019

The BAPCO Annual Conference and Exhibition has established itself as the leading, must-attend, event in the UK for the public safety communications sector. This is your chance to be involved!

We live in a world of heightened threats, increased demand and reduced resources for those involved in public safety technology and critical communications. At the same time, there are numerous exciting possibilities and challenges for users and providers when it comes to the technology itself.

With that in mind, in our call for papers we are looking for ideas and innovations to help those on the frontline better protect the public, while at the same time helping to keep themselves safe. We are also asking for case studies, as well as updates on current initiatives and ways of working.

This year’s conference themes will raise the bar in terms of education and innovation. We are seeking submissions from technology and critical communications experts on the following topics:

  • The future of public safety and its technology – the long view. With the likes of 6G and artificial superintelligence already being discussed, what will the landscape look like in a decade or more’s time? 
  • Working with commercial partners – is it always about profit? How is the increasing connectivity of the critical communications infrastructure being reflected in the exploitation of synergies between users and manufacturers? Where has close relationship and consultation resulted in genuine – and possibly even unique – operational benefits? 
  • How are other countries and communities delivering public safety communications, and what can we learn from each other? With the Emergency Services Network currently on the way to being rolled out in the UK, how are international public safety partners dealing with the challenge of delivering their own new technology? How are current solutions being used to mitigate large scale events, and how will developments such as mission critical broadband help improve that response?
  • Mental health issues and care in public safety communications. For those working in emergency services control rooms, potential mental health trauma is already a fact of life due to the distressing nature of many calls. With Next Generation 999 technology promising to up the stakes further with video footage as well as voice, how do we make sure that operators remain happy and healthy?
  • ESN – what are we going to do with it? The Emergency Services Network will provide UK first responders with a variety of opportunities which they’ve never had before in terms of operational comms. How are organisations planning to exploit this, and – with incremental delivery currently a key watchword –, at what point? 

  • AI/machine learning – what solutions will it provide for public safety? What will be the challenges? 

  • The Internet of Public Safety Things, one year on. How have things progressed since presentations at BAPCO 2019? What opportunities will the Internet of Things present for not just for emergency services operations, but for the wider social care and health piece, and the protection of vulnerable people?

  • AR and VR in public safety communications and technology. With AR and VR technology already being used in some organisations to help train their personnel, what are the further use cases for public safety? What are we likely to see once the massively increased connectivity and incredibly low latency of 5G become available?
  • 5G, and the risks of falling behind the curve. Compared to the general public, UK public safety personnel have been incredibly late to the party when it comes to the use of 4G. What are the implications and risks if the same thing happens with the next generation of broadband technology?
  • Drones – what are the public safety uses and benefits? What are the current examples of best practice, and how do we progress from here? 
  • What new skills do we need in public safety communications and IT? How are organisations assessing what they need to do differently, now and in the future? Should the younger generation now be training the old hands, rather than vice versa?
  • Cyber security – what steps should we be taking in an increasingly connected age? What can recent incidents teach us about best practice, both in and out of the public safety sector?
  • Smart devices in the home – help or hinderance? With an increasing number of people using innovations such as IoT-based security solutions in their own home, what are the implications for public safety operations?
  • Business change and challenge from new technology and new solutions. Are organisations building technological change into their core long-term business processes? And if not, why not?