First Annual Texas Public Safety UAS Summit

hosted by the Texas Technology Consortium

Reveille Peak Ranch

Burnet, Texas
October 10-11, 2018


The summit is eligible for 16 TCOLE credit hours.
Join first responders from across Texas for this two-day event to learn about the latest emerging technologies to assist you in being better prepared and more responsive while improving citizen outcomes. You will hear keynote talks from the Skylor Hearn (Texas Department of Public Safety), CDR Arjuna Fields Retired (FAA), Jim Price (FBI), Adam Jacoff (NIST), Charles Werner (National Council on Public Safety UAS), Coitt Kessler (Austin Fire Department), Officer David Martel (Las Vegas MPD), Tracy Lamb, (Association for AUVSI), and other practitioners within the First Responder community. In addition there will be public safety educational sessions using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as first eyes to provide situation awareness.

You will get to experience UAVs demonstrations coupled with other emerging technology highlighting:

  • Next Gen Fire Safety Cases
  • Law Enforcement & Virtual Policing
  • Safe City
  • Safe Schools & Campuses
  • Active Shooter Scenarios
  • Search & Rescue Operations
The Reveille Peak Ranch is a one of kind location with the only NIST-certified UAV training course in the State of Texas. This event will provide you with opportunity to network with your peers and potential to contribute to next Public Safety UAV Summit. Join us, as city leaders, state agency executives and other first responders focus on the strategic issues and best practices as the threat landscape continues to expand around all of us in Texas.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 10
8:00-9:00am Breakfast & Registration
9:00 Welcome & Introductions
9:10-9:45am Emergence of UAS in Public Safety | Coitt Kessler, Austin Fire Department’s Robotic Emergency Deployment Team
9:45-10:15am Integrated UAS in Firefighting Demonstration | Coitt Kessler, Austin Fire Department / Starflight
10:15-10:30am Networking Break
10:30-11:30am City of Las Vegas Shooting Presentation | Officer David Martel – Las Vegas MPD sUAS Program Manager
11:30-12:15pm Crowd Control for Large Events Panel | Austin Fire Dept, Austin Police Chief, & DPS
Discussion on the use of advanced technologies in large event management
12:15-1:00pm Lunch
1:00-2:00pm Trending Academic Research Topics

  • University of Texas | Dr. Dan Stanzione, AVP of Research | Design Safe-CI, web-based research platform that provides the computational tools needed to manage, analyze, and understand critical data for natural hazards
  • University of California at San Diego | Wifire – a Cyberinfrastructure System designed to monitor and forecasts Wildfire Activity
  • Rice University| Dr. Riccardo Petrolo, Lead Postdoc, ASTRO program | Astro – building their own drones to detect gas leaks at refineries
  • 2:00-2:45pm Breakout Sessions Group Discussion | Ideation session on putting to use the Education Institution research areas
    2:45-3:00pm Networking Break
    3:00-3:45pm Technology solutions for improving situational awareness in School settings | Intel, Microsoft & Cisco
    4:00-6:00pm OPTIONAL: Bring your own drone and try your skills at the NIST obstacle course!
    6:30-9:00pm Reception & Cookout
    8:00pm Night Flying Demonstration
    Thursday, October 11
    6:30-7:15am Optional Trail Run & Fishing (Reveille Peak Ranch has showers.)
    7:30-8:30am Breakfast and Networking
    8:30-9:30am Keynote | Skylor Hearn, Deputy Director of DPS
    with additional DPS leaders
    9:30-10:15am Emerging Technologies to Watch in Public Safety | Sponsor Panel
    10:15-10:30am Networking Break
    10:30-11:15pm FirstNet Panel
    Status and direction of FirstNet | Charles Werner and AT&T/FirstNet
    11:15-12:00pm Keynote | Jim Price, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Houston Tech Squad – Formerly FBI Counter-UAS Program Manager
    12:00-12:45pm Lunch
    12:45-1:00pm Discussion
    2019 Event, How Do We Help You at the Local Level?, Feedback, Staying in Touch, Survey
    1:00-2:00pm Industry Alignment Panel: Working together to build UAS consistency across agencies
    | Tracy Lamb (UAVSI), Adam Jacoff (NIST), CDR Arjuna Fields Ret. DOD (FAA) | Coitt Kessler (AFD)
    2:00-2:45pm State Wide Response to Harvey & Lessons Learned
    2:45-3:00pm Break
    3:00-4:00pm Search and Rescue Mission (SAR)/Counter UAS Demonstration | Texas DPS
    4:00pm Conclusion

    Conference Lodging

    Where to Stay at the Highland Lakes

    Eagle’s Wings Retreat Center
    2805 Ranch Rd 2341, Burnet, TX 78611
    (Dormitory Style Church Camp with Men’s & Women’s Buildings)
    $56 for Two Nights; Available to Active Duty Government Only
    Bring Sheets & Pillows
    (2.8-mile, 5-minute drive from Ranch)

    Canyon of the Eagles Resort
    16942 Ranch Road 2341, Lampasas, TX 78611
    Single Government Rate $93
    Double with Two Beds Government Rate $139
    (10-mile, 15-minute drive from Ranch)
    Log Country Cove
    617 Log Country Cove, Burnet, TX 78611
    Individual log cabins with kitchen and multiple bedrooms
    Rates Vary


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