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5x5: The Public Safety Innovation Summit

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 - Friday, June 30, 2023
8:00 AM -to- 5:00 PM PST
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Cir
San Diego, California 92101

About this event

5x5―the confirmation of a strong and clear signal.

In 2023, it will also be a gathering place to make your voice heard and drive public safety communications forward.   

The FirstNet Authority and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Public Safety Communications Research Division are excited to host a reimagined summit for public safety, academia, government, and industry leaders.

Come and help us build the future of responder communications technology.  

Registration is required for this event. The fees, according to dates, are listed below:

  • $475 Early Bird: March 8-May 31, 2023
  • $525 Standard: June 1-June 15, 2023
  • $575 Late/On site: June 16-June 30, 2023

5x5 Agenda:

5x5 is a three-day summit featuring:

  • Presentations, panel discussions, and campfire-style sessions on the latest innovations in public safety communications.
  • Keynote addresses from public safety leaders and the FirstNet Authority
  • Technology demonstrations from PSCR and FirstNet Authority staff, award recipients, and external partners
  • Collaboration between leaders in public safety communications technology research, development, deployment, and usage
  • A new, half-day program dedicated to technology roadmapping

Download the full agenda

Keynote Speakers:

Joe Wassel Dan Munsey Sylvia Moir
FirstNet Authority CEO San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Marin County Sheriff's Office
Joe Wassel Fire Chief Dan Munsey Undersheriff Sylvia Moir

Day One: June 28

We kick off day one with a keynote by FirstNet Authority CEO Joe Wassel, programmatic updates from NIST PSCR and the FirstNet Authority, and a recap of the CommanDING Tech and UAS Indoor Challenges winners.
Then it is off to the races with sixteen sessions across seven tracks. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about how public safety technology can assist in every environment, whether indoor tracking, maritime operations, or even virtual reality. That afternoon, you will get the chance to see some of the latest tools and services in action during live technology demonstrations.


Time Session
7 - 8 a.m. Check-in
8 - 8:20 a.m. Day 1 Welcome
8:25 - 8:35 a.m. Keynote from FirstNet Authority CEO Joe Wassel
8:40 - 8:55 a.m. Keynote from Chief Dan Munsey, San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, CA
8:55 - 9:40 a.m. Connecting the Future: Programmatic Updates from PSCR and FirstNet Authority
9:40 - 9:50 a.m. Break
9:50 - 11 a.m. Solutions for Public Safety: Outcomes, Winners and Next Steps from CommanDING Tech and UAS Indoor Challenges
11 - 12:15 p.m. Break
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Choice of four sessions:
  • Getting to Know Mission Critical Services
  • Getting to Know Location Services and Situational Awareness
  • Getting to Know Secure Information Exchange
  • Getting to Know User Interface / User Experience
1 - 1:30 p.m. Choice of four sessions:
  • Measuring the Impact of Quality of Experience (QoE) on First Responder Performance
  • Interoperability: You use that word. Does it mean what you think it means?
  • FirstNet Authority 2023 Roadmap Update: Past Success and Future Opportunities
  • XR Training on Future Tech for Public Safety
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Choice of four sessions:
  • FirstNet Authority On-Scene with Public Safety
  • First Things FRST: Weigh in on an In-Progress Prize Challenge
  • Mission Requirements for Public Safety Aviation and Maritime Operations
  • Power Partnerships: Best Practices in Public Safety and Innovator Collaboration
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Choice of four sessions:
  • Advancing Business and Commercializing Public Safety Innovation After the PULSE Accelerator
  • Indoor Mapping and Tracking: Progress Updates from PSCR Awardees
  • Public Safety Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Successes
  • Designing with Stakeholders in Mind
3:30 - 5 p.m. Technology Demonstrations

2023 5x5 Tracks: 

  1. Location Services and Situational Awareness 

  2. Mission Critical Services 

  3. Network Services and Coverage 

  4. Open Innovation and Commercialization 

  5. Public Safety Operations 

  6. User Interface / User Experience  

  7. Secure Information Exchange 

Day Two: June 29

After two opening keynotes from leaders in the fire service and law enforcement, we will host a public safety communications policy panel with congressional staff. In our sessions today, you can learn about everything from mission critical services, to international public safety operations, to immersive training and testing.


Time Session
8:45 - 9 a.m. Day 2 Welcome
9 - 9:15 a.m. Keynote from Undersheriff Sylvia Moir, Marin County, Calif. and FirstNet Authority Board Member "Policing in Our Communities: A View from the Field" 
9:15 - 9:25 a.m. Chief Harlin R. McEwen Public Safety Broadband Communications Award Presentation
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Collaborating Among Nations
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Choice of four sessions:
  • ECC Connections: Flipping the Script in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Research to Reality for the Connected Responder
  • Insights from PSCR Awardees: Use of XR for First Responder Training
  • Breaking Through the Static: Evolving Mission Critical Services
11:15 - 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 - 1 p.m. Choice of four sessions:
  • Public Safety Standards in 3GPP
  • Modern ICAM Technologies to Access CJIS
  • Immersive Training for the Fire Service
  • Wizards Behind the Curtain: Unifying Mission Critical Networks
1:15 - 2 p.m. Choice of four sessions:
  • Does Your Device Really Know Where It Is?
  • On-Scene Coverage: Deployable FirstNet Network Solutions
  • Creating a Next-Gen Immersive Test Center
  • Public Safety Communications Policy with Congressional Staff
2:15 - 3 p.m. Choice of four sessions:
  • Location: Where are We and Where Are We Going?
  • Mission Critical Services Testing Ecosystem
  • Testing and Training with FirstNet
  • Increase Your Connections with 5x5 Stakeholders
3:15 - 5 p.m. Technology Demonstrations

Day Three: June 30

Before we say goodbye, we will host a half-day of technology roadmapping activities. This will be one more opportunity to share your opinion of where public safety technology is heading, how it needs to evolve to meet public safety’s unique needs, and help guide the programs, activities, and investments of NIST PSCR and the FirstNet Authority.

There will be two roadmapping activities throughout the morning:

  • 45 minutes of 12 parallel deep-dive discussions into key technology areas, facilitated by FirstNet Authority and PSCR subject matter experts
  • A two-hour scenario-based tabletop exercise to contemplate current operational gaps, and identify future communications technology capabilities specific to different phases of an emergency response


Time Session
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Day 3 Welcome
8:45 - 9 a.m. Break
9 - 9:45 a.m. Deep Dives into Key Public Safety Communications Technology Areas
9:45 - 10 a.m. Break
10 - 12 p.m. Mapping the Future: A Tabletop Exercise to Identify Public Safety Needs
12 - 12:30 p.m. 5x5 Closeout

History of the summit

5x5 evolves from NIST PSCR’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting. Thank you to everyone who has attended that event for the last 12 years, and we hope you will register for 5x5 to innovate with us once again.