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FirstNet Authority at CES and CES G 2020: Innovation in the Public Safety Broadband Marketplace

Once again, the CES annual conference is promising an impressive line-up of tech tools and displays tapping into 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence to cultivate smart solutions for the consumer technology ecosystem. Coming January 7-11, CES 2020 will host the world’s largest display of emerging consumer technologies designed to advance today’s most relevant industries, including smart communities. Innovators will line the exhibit floors to demonstrate how technologies are helping communities with emergency response, healthcare delivery, city planning, and energy use.

For the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), our participation at CES each year provides a glimpse into the future of public safety technology use and the potential to leverage today’s new tech advances into tomorrow’s viable technology options for first responders. This year, the FirstNet Authority team will be taking part in CES and CES Government sessions to discuss FirstNet’s deployment status, expanding network access nationwide, and updating public safety stakeholders about plans for FirstNet in 2020.

To learn how the FirstNet Authority is influencing the public safety broadband marketplace by expanding FirstNet’s ecosystem with government-to-government and industry collaborations, as well as applications and devices approved for FirstNet, come see us at the following sessions:

CES 2020


Network Infrastructure is Key to Smart Cities 

Thursday, Jan. 9 | 9 - 10:00 a.m. PT | Westgate, Level 1, Ballroom F (to be livestreamed)

Industry studies predict that 70% of IoT devices will use cellular connections by 2022. Explore how smart cities are focused on robust and reliable network connectivity for optimal communication.

Moderator: Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research


  • Jennifer Harder, Senior Product Director, First Responder Network Authority
  • Edward Knapp, Chief Technology Officer, American Tower Corporation
  • Mike Zeto, Vice President, Advanced Solutions - Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T Business

CES Government


Executive Roundtable: Technologies to Fight Crime, Terrorism and Protect the Homeland

Thursday, January 9 | 1:35 p.m. PT | Griffith Room 1-6, Park MGM Hotel (to be livestreamed)


  • Co-Moderator: Elizabeth Cappello, Chief Information Officer (Acting), US Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Co-Moderator: Charlie Armstrong, Co-Chair, Government Business Executive Forum
  • John Donohue, Chief of Strategic Initiatives, New York City Police Department
  • Brian Lee, Police Commander, Homeland Defense Bureau, Phoenix Police Department
  • Dale McFee, Chief of Police, Edmonton Police Service (Canada)
  • Jon DeLapp, President, East Bay Partnership, LLC.
  • Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), US Dept. of Commerce
  • Tim LeMaster, VP, Systems Engineering, Lookout

Plenary Keynote: Accelerating Innovation for Public Safety

Friday, Jan. 10 | 3:05 p.m. PT | Presidio Ballroom, Park MGM Hotel (to be livestreamed)

Speaker: Edward Parkinson, Executive Director, First Responder Network Authority

Edward Parkinson will deliver a plenary address to discuss the expanding public safety broadband marketplace and the FirstNet Authority’s plans for FirstNet in 2020, including: FirstNet’s role promoting innovation in the marketplace and advancing initiatives to identify industry trends and promote global public safety broadband opportunities.  

Public Safety Tech @ CES


Be sure to check out Exhibit Booth #31877 hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) division. Located in the South Halls 3-4 on the upper levels, the Booth will be an opportunity to learn more about PSCR programs and research and funding opportunities for public safety, such as prize challenges, grants and cooperative agreements available in 2020 and beyond. The FirstNet Authority team will also be on hand to discuss FirstNet updates and opportunities.

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For more information on FirstNet Authority’s public safety programs and the many ways FirstNet is helping to transform public safety communications, contact your local Public Safety Advisor or visit FirstNet.gov. For more on FirstNet products and services, visit FirstNet.com.

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