First Annual Texas Public Safety UAS Summit

Save the date for the 2019 Texas Public Safety UAS Summit | October 16-17, 2019
Thank you for attending the 2018 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.
First responders from across Texas joined in 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. Keynote talks included 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 UAVSI), and other practitioners within the First Responder community. In addition there were public safety educational sessions using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as first eyes to provide situation awareness.

UAVs demonstrations coupled with other emerging technology highlighted:

  • 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 provided attendees with opportunity to network with peers and to contribute to next Public Safety UAV Summit. City leaders, state agency executives and other first responders focused 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
9:15-10:00am Cape Demonstration | Cape, the world’s first software platform for full commercial drone telepresence
10:00-10:45am Public Safety UAS organizational initiatives
Coitt Kessler and Charles Werner discuss the evolving use of UAV in Public Safety
10:45-11:00am Networking Break
11:00-11:45am City of Las Vegas Shooting Presentation | Officer David Martel – Las Vegas MPD sUAS Program Manager
11:45-12:45pm Lunch
12:45-1:45pm 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
  • Texas A&M University | Dr. Robin Murphy Computer Scientist
  • Rice University | The ASTRO project advances technology to build a platform for autonomous data-driven mobile sensing via
    networked drones
  • 1:45-2:30pm Breakout Sessions Group Discussion | Ideation session on putting to use the Education Institution research areas
    2:30-2:45pm Networking Break
    2:45-3:45 Technology solutions for improving situational awareness in School settings | Intel, Microsoft & Cisco
    3:45-4:30pm Hurricane Harvey: Lessons Learned
    4:30-6:00pm 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
    8:30-10:00am 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)
    10:00-10:15am Networking Break
    10:15-11:15am FirstNet Panel: Status and direction of FirstNet | Charles Werner and AT&T/FirstNet
    11:15-12:00pm Lunch
    12:00-12:45pm Demonstration | Integrated UAS in Firefighting | Coitt Kessler – Austin Fire Department / Starflight
    12:45-1:30pm Keynote | Jim Price, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Houston Tech Squad & Formerly FBI Counter-UAS Program Manager
    1:30-2:15pm Keynote | The Role of Technology in Public Safety, Skylor Hearn
    2:15-4:15pm Search and Rescue Mission (SAR)/Counter UAS Demonstration | Texas DPS
    4:15pm Conclusion

    Conference Lodging

    Where to Stay at the Highland Lakes

    Canyon of the Eagles Resort
    16942 Ranch Road 2341, Lampasas, TX 78611
    Call for pricing
    (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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