Adrian Scrase, CTO, ETSI

Adrian Scrase played a central role in the creation of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP project co-ordination group. He heads 3GPPs’ mobile competence centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the project.

He was also principally involved in the formation of the oneM2M partnership project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative.

He is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardisation.

Bram van den Ende, Project Manager, TNO

Bram van den Ende is associated with TNO in the Netherland since 1990 (except for a sabbatical at Siemens) and has a long track record of research and consultancy projects on mobile telecommunications in various domains, including but not limited to defense and public safety. His key interest are communication services which serve specific public goals and interests or where technology and policy issues come together. He has been repeatedly involved in national road-mapping studies with respect to PPDR mobile communications and conducted investigations commissioned by the government on specific topics like 112 and public warning. He was engaged in various European research projects. His prime role is project manager at TNO networks.

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CEO of DFMG Deutsche Funkturm GmbH, CEO of Comfortcharge GmbH and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of 1NCE GmbH.

Bruno Jacobfeuerborn has been CEO of DFMG Deutsche Funkturm GmbH since January 2017. In addition, he is CEO of Comfortcharge GmbH and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of 1NCE GmbH, both since January 2018. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Deutsche Telekom AG from February 2012 to December 2017, and Director of Technology Telekom Deutschland GmbH from April 2010 to December 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Jacobfeuerborn was Director of Technology of T-Mobile Deutschland and T-Home in Germany from July 2009 to March 2010. In this double role, he was responsible for the technology business (both mobile and fixed network) in Germany. From April 2007 to July 2009, he was Managing Director of Technology, IT and Procurement at Polska Telefonica Cyfrowa. Mr. Jacobfeuerborn joined what is now Deutsche Telekom AG in 1989 and has held several positions with increasing responsibility within the group.

Chris Reid, Senior Telecommunications Engineer, Aurizon

Chris is currently a design manager at Aurizon with over 11 years’ experience in the design and deployment of complex telecommunications systems with a primary focus on two-way radios networks. Chris is currently responsible for managing the design and implementation of Aurizon’s new digital radio network aimed at replacing legacy analog radio networks across Aurizon’s Central Queensland Coal Network.

Christian Régnier, Head of Communication Solution Department, Air France KLM & Secretary, AGURRE

Since 2014 Christian has been Head of communication Solutions department. He is in charge of 16 Air France – KLM telecom engineers who ensure engineering and exploitation of communications solutions for the group (Webcasts, Telepresence, Video-conférence, PBX, PMR, contact centers). Christian is also Secretary of AGURRE Association for Air France. In order to obtain LTE frequencies for future PMR networks in Roissy and Orly

Christian is Technical referee for Video, Radio, voice and collaborative solutions, he is In charge of Telecom innovation in several domains in relationship with business needs and projects.

Christine Reinemann, Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS), Division T I 3 - Standardisation and Service Development

Christine Reinemann received her degree in Information Technology Engineering from the University of Ilmenau (Germany) in 1972. She has more than 25 years of international experience in the telecommunication and electrical engineering industry where she has worked for companies such as Siemens and British Telecom. She joined the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS) in 2011 where she designed concepts for the further development of the fixed network. Since 2017 she is part of the BDBOS team responsible for service development.

Dr Dimitris Kaltakis, Consultant Infrastructure Architect, Transport for London

Dimitris has considerable experience in shaping, designing and delivering critical telecommunications infrastructure solutions and has and in-depth knowledge of various technologies and standards. In his current role within Transport for London he is accountable for the specification and design of major critical communication projects. He was the technical lead for TfL’s surface narrowband radio system project and he currently is the Design Lead for the new emergency services network in London underground. Dimitris received his PhD degree from University of Surrey in 2009. He is a chartered engineer and a member of the IET.

Dr Ingo Forkel, Senior Consultant, P3 communications

Dr Ingo Forkel received the diploma and doctoral degree in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 1999 and 2005, respectively. Since 2003, he is with P3 communications GmbH in Aachen and Berlin, Germany, where he is the leading engineer for GSM/UMTS/LTE/TETRA mobile radio network planning and optimization. He has contributed to several cellular network performance studies. He is also involved in the design and roll-out of the German public safety network based on TETRA. He has published more than 30 scientific articles in international journals and conference proceedings and contributed to scientific books. He is a member of IEEE and VDE.

Erik Guttman, 3GPP Service and System Aspects (SA) Chairman

Erik Guttman, a consultant employed by Samsung Electronics, has been actively involved in standardisation in networking and telecommunications for over 20 years. He currently serves as the 3GPP service and system aspects technical specification group chairman. Preceding this, he held the position of 3GPP system architecture working group for two terms. He has also chaired and actively contributed to numerous IETF working groups including SVRLOC (service location protocol) and ZEROCONF (zero configuration networking). Erik's background includes leading research and software projects that introduced emerging network application and system functions to operating environments. Erik developed frameworks and tools for distributed installation and deployment. Erik served chief technical officers as system architect and requirements researcher. Erik obtained a BA in philosophy and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley and a MS in computer science from Stanford University.

Eva-Maria Eckmann, Head of the Authorised Office and Deputy Head of the Coordinating Office Hamburg

After several positions (among others academic teacher in the college for higher education and Head of the commissariat) she is in the senior civil service in the area of public safety digital radio since 2008. First she led the rollout of the Hamburg network segment. After setting the procedural principles for the indoor coverage, she changed in August 2013 to the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS) and took over the direction of the northern regional office and in 2014 the division for indoor coverage. Since the beginning of 2017 she is the Head of the authorised office Hamburg and thus responsible for the operation of the German public safety digital radio during the G20 summit. In December 2017 she became the deputy Head of the Coordinating Office for the digital radio in Hamburg.

Dr Fidel Liberal, Coordinator of the Mission Critical Open Platform, MCOP

Dr Fidel Liberal is a well-recognized expert in the mission critical communications environment. He currently works in the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) where he leads different mission critical communications and 5G related R&D projects. Among them, he is currently the coordinator of the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) www.mcopenplatform.org project.

He has co-authored more than 75 international journal and conference papers in different telecommunication areas, most of them on broadband mobile networks.

In recent years, he has been very active in the field of public safety communications related to NG911/NG112 systems and next generation public safety systems. As a result of an intense dissemination activity, he is connected with some of the most relevant stakeholders in the sector such as EENA, PSCE, TCCA, NIST-PSCR and standardisation bodies such as ETSI, 3GPP and ITU-T.

In 2017 he served as technical expert in NG112 and MCPTT Plugtests, interoperability events organised by ETSI.

He has also co-founded two security and mission critical communications related spin-offs.

Florence Erpelding, AGURRE Representative, AGURRE;

Florence Erpelding is representative of AGURRE (Association des Grands Utilisateurs de Réseaux Radio d’Exploitation).

AGURRE groups eleven key economic organisations, in the sectors of transport and energy, who need broadband professional mobile networks able to fulfil the evolution of their operating and safety tasks.

Florence takes part, under the aegis of AGURRE and its members, in the following missions:

  • consolidate the needs of the various users about broadband professional mobile networks;
  • promote expertise exchanges and cooperation to define consistent strategies;
  • foster the conduct of different and complementary trials, in relation to radio technologies and frequencies, and the exchanges of feedbacks;
  • lobby national public bodies and promote, in a coordinated way, the spectrum requirements;
  • monitor technological development, for both network infrastructure and user terminals.

Florence Erpelding is a senior telecommunications engineer at LD in Paris, a company offering engineering and consulting services, as well as integration services, in wireless technologies.

Before joining LD, Florence worked at ANFR, the French radio frequencies agency, from 2012 to 2016, and previously at Arcep, France’s electronic communications and postal regulatory authority, from 2004 to 2012.

Georg Mayer, 3GPP Core Network and Terminals TSG (CT) Chairman

Georg Mayer is the Chairman of the core network and terminals, technical specification group of 3GPP (TSG CT). His current focus is on the coordination of 5G related work inside and outside 3GPP. He participates in the IETF and works closely with several of the new stakeholders in 5G, such as public safety, railways, autonomous systems and IoT service providers.

He is a published author and has co-authored a book on IMS, amongst other titles.

Georg Mayer holds an MSc in computer science from the University of Hagen, Germany. He works for Huawei Technologies.

Harald Ludwig, Technical Forum Chairman, TCCA

Harald Ludwig is the founder and managing director of Arico Technologies, a company offering consultancy, training and project management services for the professional mobile radio industry. He has expertise in the fields of system and application design, test and integration, tender specifications writing and bid evaluation, general and technical training, intellectual property rights and licensing, critical communications and mission-critical public safety communications, broadband technologies, international standardisation and interoperability testing.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the professional mobile radio industry, e.g. in development and testing of safety-critical communication systems, integration of command and control systems and end-to-end design of nationwide public safety systems.

Harald was appointed chairman of the TCCA technical forum in 2006. The technical forum is responsible for the interoperability of TETRA equipment, including infrastructures, radio terminals and applications. He is now looking into interoperability aspects of mission-critical LTE

Johann Skwara, Head of the Authorised Office Bavaria

Johann Skwara had already held different positions in his extensive professional career when he became the Head of the Special Forces Division and Head of the Operations and Crime Fighting Section of the Managerial Staff at the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office in 1999. Since 2012 he is also the Head of the Authorised Office for Public Safety Digital Radio in Bavaria. One of most recent and international projects he has worked in was the G7 Summit of 2015 where he was the Head of operations for digital radio services.

Karsten Rückheim, Head of the Authorised Office Berlin

Karsten Rückheim is 52 years old. He became a police officer in 1984 and is staff officer since 2004. He has many years of experience working in large scale operations in Berlin. He was the Head of the police training for four years and became the Head of the Authorised Office for Public Safety Digital Radio in Berlin two years ago.

Kjetil Hoiseth, Chief Engineer, Radio Network, Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB)

Kjetil Hoiseth joined the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB, former DNK) in 2009. He is responsible for Air-Ground-Air and capacity in the radio networks in Nødnett, Norway’s emergency network (TETRA). During his 20 years in the telecommunication industry, he has experience from planning, roll-out, and operation of CDMA, LMDS, Broadcast and TETRA, in the USA and Europe.

Reinhard Renja, Project Manager, Rheinbahn AG

Reinhard Renja has been working at the public transport provider Rheinbahn AG in Dusseldorf, Germany, since January 1st, 2003. He focuses on the implementation, expansion and system administration of control, radio and passenger information systems at the technical office of the company’s electronic systems department. Prior to this, Reinhard Renja held the position of a project engineer for operational facilities in public transport at Rhein-Consult GmbH for 14 years. Since 2002, he also leads the digital radio task force at the association for German traffic enterprises. Reinhard Renja holds a master of engineering degree in communications engineering.

Kim Camps, Motorola

Kim Camps has been with Motorola for over 14 years. The majority of her tenure was spent within the ASTRO subscriber organisation rolling out the XTS/XTL line and developing the APX portfolio. Kim went onto lead the ASTRO product management organisation followed by directing the global devices public safety roadmap and prioritisation. Most recently Kim has taken an account executive role in South Florida within the North America sales organisation.

Manfred Blaha, Brigadier-General, Ministry of Interior Austria

Manfred Blaha (engraded Engineer, Bachelor of Arts in Police Leadership) is a police officer in Austria’s Ministry of Interior, with the rank of a Brigadier-General, looking back on 30+ years of experience in Public Safety Communications.

He was managing several communications projects within the Ministry of the Interior and for the Austrian Federal Police, like Emergency Call and Dispatch Centre equipment, Police Radio Networks, the Emergency Operations Centre of several Police HQ’s and the Ministry of Interior and also solutions for the MoI’s Civil Protection Department.

His job title is “Special Expert for Crisis Communications”. In this function he is representing Austria’s PPDR (Public Protection and Disaster Relief) in several relevant groups within the European Commission, NATO’s Partnership for Peace and International Organisations.

In parallel he is also Member of the Board of Officers of PSCE, the Public Safety Communications Europe Forum since 2008 (www.psc-europe.eu).

Manan Shah, Associate Director, Arup

Manan is a leader within the Arup London digital team. With over 25 years’ experience in complex multidisciplinary projects around the world, Manan brings operational, technology and management expertise on assignments around the world. Manan provides advice on procurement and partnering arrangements on packaging technology delivery on capital projects and on managed service contracts.

Manan has led major systems design projects in aviation such as T5, Heathrow; and in sports and major events such as Singapore Sports Hub and Qatar 2022 World Cup IT and technology strategy and assurance. Most recently he has led the work on integrated command and control solutions for disaster and crisis management and safe city projects.

He is currently involved in a major roll out of safe city solutions across a state in East Asia for the Police involving Critical communications and command and control platforms. He is also working on an initiative to build resilience thinking into smart city projects in India funded through UK government.

Manan is also leading new security systems integration work at Schiphol Airport in its major expansion that opens in 2020 and beyond.

He is a qualified chartered engineer and a practitioner in Prince II and MSP (Managing Successful Programmes).

Martin Benke, Vice President MSSSI, Motorola UK Managed Services

Martin has more than 40 years’ experience in designing, building and operating fixed line and mobile networks in the UK, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Martin joined Airwave in 2006 as Operations Director and following the acquisition of Airwave by Motorola Solutions took over responsibility for Motorola’s UK Managed Services including continued responsibility for Airwave and the development of Motorola's ESN (Emergency Services Network) services.

Prior to joining Airwave, Martin worked for Vodafone managing their 2G and 3G networks in the UK.

Michael Markwirth, Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS) President MSSSI, Motorola UK Managed Services, Division T I 1 - General Architecture

Michael Markwirth is a policeman in the southern part of Germany since 1991 and works in digital radio since 2006. He has been part of the project team in charge of the subscriber management in the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS) since its beginning in 2008. He was the deputy Program Manager until 2015 and in 2016 he became the Program Manager. Currently, he is also the Head of the development support team of the BDBOS project in charge of the subscriber management, provisioning and encryption.

Nicolas Hauswald, Sales & Marketing Director, ETELM

Nicolas Hauswald is Director of Sales & Marketing activity for ETELM, a manufacturer of Mission Critical communications infrastructure technology (TETRA, LTE) based in Paris, France.

Nicolas joined ETELM after having spent over 15 years in the Telecoms and Public Safety industry (including Alcatel and BAE Systems) selling and delivering global infrastructures solutions. Nicolas has an Engineer’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications.

ETELM launched its new LTE eNodeB base station e-LBS in 2016 which provides long range 4G Services. This product is suitable for Transport, Oil&Gas, Public Safety, Security and Operators providing mission critical services and for professional communications. The e-LBS complements Etelm’s 4G Linked Series of TETRA, DMR & Analogue products which all connect directly to the LTE Core network.

Oliver Funke, Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS), Division T I 2 - Planning and Architecture

Oliver Funke was born in Bergisch Gladbach (North Rhine-Westphalia) on 18 June 1967. After his Abitur in 1986, he joined the Federal Armed Forces as a signaller, specializing in radio relay.

Between 1988 and 1994, Oliver Funke studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen with a focus on communications engineering. After his studies, he worked in the communications and mobile technologies sector, gaining experience with network operators, manufacturers and integrators.

From 2008 he worked with various international companies as a freelance telecommunications expert and project manager before joining the technology and infrastructure directorate-general at BDBOS in March 2012. In the monitoring working group, he defined the requirements for real-time monitoring (RTM) together with partners from federal and state authorities. When RTM transitioned into the project phase in 2014, he became deputy project manager. Since July 2015, he has been project manager for introducing and developing RTM.

Terrance Lai, Senior Telecommunications Manager, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Terrance Lai, senior telecommunications manager at CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (“CLP Power”), oversees all telecommunications infrastructures and services for CLP Power, including fibre optic, microwave, data communications, telephony and radio networks covering 100+ transmission substations and thousands of distribution substations where hundreds of 11kV pole mount switches are communicating through TETRA over decade of operation.

Mr Lai has been in telecommunications field for over 20 years with extensive experience from erection of communications infrastructure to operation of all telecommunications networks in CLP Power. CLP Power is the Hong Kong utility subsidiary wholly owned by CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia. CLP Power operates a vertically integrated electricity supply business in Hong Kong and provides a highly reliable supply of electricity and excellent customer services to 6 million people in its supply area.

Dr Panagiotis Paschalidis, Senior Consultant, P3 Communications GmbH

Dr Panagiotis Paschalidis attained his degrees in electrical engineering specialising in communication technologies from the RWTH Aachen (Dipl.-Ing / MSc) and TU Braunschweig (Dr.-Ing / PhD) respectively. Before joining P3 communications in 2015, he has worked as a researcher and a project manager at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, authoring numerous scientific publications, leading national and international projects regarding reliable communication systems predominantly in the automotive area and representing the respective research group in scientific and industrial pre-standardisation bodies such as COST, C2CC etc. Within P3 communications, he leads research activities regarding critical communications with a focus on security and critical infrastructure. His focus lies on testing, hardening and evaluating of advanced communication technologies with respect to the requirements of critical infrastructure.

Paul Steinberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola Solutions

Paul Steinberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Motorola Solutions, leads the company’s technology and intellectual property strategy as well as the company’s strategic venture capital investment group.

Paul joined Motorola in 1992 as a senior software development engineer in the wireless infrastructure group. Prior to his current position as CTO, he was chief architect for carrier wireless infrastructure broadband products (3G and LTE) in Motorola’s network infrastructure unit. Before joining Motorola, Paul was a distinguished member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked on computer architecture and operating system development.

Paul serves on technical advisory boards for multiple companies that supply products, services and technologies to the telecommunications industry. He is a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technical Advisory Council (TAC) and served on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Board for first responder interoperability. He is also a member of the Illinois State Governor’s Smarter Illinois Advisory Board and the Illinois Technology Association’s IoT council. Paul is a member of the board of trustees for Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Paul earned an associate degree of applied science in electrical engineering from Parkland College, a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Illinois Benedictine College and completed graduate studies in computer science at the University of Illinois.

Peter Cox, Founder and CEO, UM Labs

Peter founded UM Labs to research and develop security solutions for Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and other related real-time communication applications. Drawing on many years of experience building internet firewalls and email security products, Peter created a new approach to the problem by applying internet security principles to services traditionally part of the telecommunications domain.

Today, UM Labs technology has been adopted by both national telecommunications providers and by leading systems integrators operating in both commercial and government sectors.

Philippe Agard, Vice President, Public Safety and Defense Markets, Nokia

Philippe Agard is currently Vice President of Public Safety and Defense Markets in Nokia since 2013.

He also chairs the critical communications Broadband Industry Group (BIG), a The Critical Communications Association (TCCA), working group formed to encourage broadband vendor cooperation in the development of common global critical communications solutions. As such is a member of TCCA board.

Philippe has spent his entire career within Alcatel, Alcatel-Lucent and now Nokia. He previously held several positions of director in mobile networks business group, finance and vertical markets activities.

Philippe graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec), France, has an international diploma from Imperial College, London and a diploma of advanced economic studies (DEA) from Dauphine, Paris. He also graduated from IHEDN (Institut des hautes études de défense nationale) in 2013.

R. Ezhirpavai, Acting Vice President Technology, Aricent

R. Ezhirpavai has been part of Aricent since 1999 and worked in government aided telecommunication organization C-DoT from 1996 to 1999. She has been part of products division ever since she joined Aricent (Hughes Software Systems at that time). She has been part of many of Aricent IPRs like SS7/Sigtran stacks, VoIP stacks. She has even contributed to IETF specs for SCTP (RFC 4960) - http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4960.txt. She has been part of big projects like softswitches, IMS application servers, which have 150-200 members in the team and she was one of the key architects for the project. She was the main architect for Aricent Flagship product – VCC Server. She has worked with various product line managers and business managers to conceive new products for Aricent and has been keen to present it to customers.

She has been the key architect for the Aricent EPC, IMS, Offload gateways, 3G based HNBGW, 4G HeNBGW, C-SGN and even now continues to work with engineering team, product line managers and with business groups and sales teams to sell Aricent frameworks. She has also taken webinars for Aricent and participated in multiple shows representing Aricent. She has won the annual award thrice for her contributions. She currently leads a team of around 100-150 members in software frameworks and is part of the innovation team in Aricent.

She has helped many solutions for customers with and without Aricent frameworks. Customers have many times looked forward to her technical guidance for the projects beyond Aricent framework contribution. She has also written some white papers which are published by Aricent and customers jointly. She has travelled many times to customer sites and helped pre-sales, post sales, interops, and showcasing Aricent frameworks and services to customers. Many service opportunities have come to Aricent because of the solutions sold to customers. She has recently been involved in creating virtualised solutions and creating stateless solutions for a truly NFV based solutions. She is also spear heading 5G solutions at Aricent.

Timo Lehtimäki, CEO, State Security Networks Group, Finland

Timo Lehtimäki serves as the Chief Executive Officer of State Security Networks Ltd which he joined in 2013. He served as a director of Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority from 2000 to 2012. He was an expert and held leadership positions in research and development at ABB Industry Oy from 1993 to 2000. Mr. Lehtimäki holds a M.Sc. (Tech.).

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