Comms Connect Virtual Conference Series

The Comms Connect Virtual Conference Series will deliver a high quality program of speakers each Thursday in November.

Each week between 10am and midday there will be a series of presentations from local and international experts, followed by an interactive panel Q+A session.

4 x two-hour sessions over 4 days

Thursday, 5 November: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST)
Cybersecurity and our industry — lagging behind others?

Thursday, 12 November: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST)
Private LTE — ensuring there is coverage, capacity and control, from design to implementation

Thursday, 19 November: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST)
Location based services — practical integration tips

Thursday, 26 November: 10.00am-12.00pm (AEST)
Next-generation land mobile radio systems — how does the industry keep radio relevant?

Moderated by Chris Stevens, Managing Director, CartGiS Pty Ltd

Can be booked separately or together – book 3 and attend the 4th free

More information on individual sessions and speakers coming soon!

Cyber security threats are a continually evolving risk management issue for the critical communications industry. And as we become more digitised and connected through the internet and integrated topology, networks will only become more exposed to cyber security threats.  As network designers, engineers, integrators, and managers we need to have confidence in the ability of our digital infrastructure to stand up to cyber security threats. Has the critical communications industry been lagging behind others in this regard?

Individual presentations and speakers to be announced soon


Organisations that can generate the greatest benefit from private LTE have use cases that are not readily supported from public networks. The primary reasons to deploy private networks are for coverage, capacity, and control.  However, to take advantage of private LTE, organisations need to ensure infrastructure and equipment is cost-effective, fast to deploy and simple to operate.  A baseline architecture and design for private LTE is the building block to this process.

Individual presentations and speakers to be announced soon


With the rapid exponential development of digital communication networks, location-based services represent a novel challenge both conceptually and technically. Most location-based services applications are part of everyday life, running across LTE (public and private), LMR, IoT and Wi-Fi networks. Providing end users with added value to more location information is a complex task. Given the variety of possible applications, the basic requirements of location-based services are numerous. To ensure these services maintain relevance in a big data ecosystem it is imperative that location-based services are integrated into operational and analytical systems.

Individual presentations and speakers to be announced soon


Global Land Mobile Radio Systems sales are expected to exhibit a strong compound annual growth rate between 2020 to 2025[i]. While this is good short-term news, how does the traditional radio communications industry remain relevant into the future.  What opportunities exist for private and public safety land mobile radio users and what strategies are being deployed by the sector to ensure relevance remains.

Individual presentations and speakers to be announced soon

Rui Chen
Senior Lead Architect, Commtel Network Solutions
Rui Chen is Senior Lead Architect at CommTel Network Solutions, a company specialised in providing solutions and products for mission critical networks. Rui has extensive experience of over 20 years in designing, engineering & commissioning of business critical and mission critical systems as well as carrier network across APAC. He has worked with a wide range of technologies over the time and focus on legacy system, various radio communication systems, IP and security for both OT and IT networks.
Peter Jackson
Director of Cyber Security, ECL Cyber
Peter Jackson is an experienced IACS Cyber Security professional. Peter leads the ECL Cyber team of industrial cyber specialists in supporting the industrial sector in NZ. Peter’s background includes control and safety systems experience as a TÜV certified Function Safety Engineer. Peter challenged the cert and achieved the SANS Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) certification recognising his knowledge and experience in this topic. Peter has spoken at many conferences, nationally and internationally. In conjunction with the SANS ICS and ECL Cyber, Peter established the NZ ICS Cyber Technical Network (refer
Lawrence McKenna
Principal Engineer (Manager), Cumarsaid
Lawrence McKenna has extensive ICT/telecommunication experience acquired from working 16 years with Queensland Rail, three years with Project Services (Qld) and five years with SKM. This experience includes voice networking (inc. PABXs, regional-wide networks), telecommunication and transmission networks (optical fibre and microwave radio), structured cabling designs, WAN/CANs, LANs, audiovisual systems, security systems and various radiocommunication systems. Lawrence is a member of the Standards Australia (Standards development) CT-001 (Communications Cabling), CT-002 (Broadcasting and related services), the ITU-T SG5 working group and the ITU-R ARSG-5 working group. And he was involved with the Communications Alliance Working Committee WC45: Update of Industry Code DR C524:2013 - External Telecommunication Cable Networks Code.
Dr Ian Oppermann
Chief Data Scientist, NSW Department of Customer Service
Dr Ian Oppermann is the Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the digital economy and is a regular speaker on big data, broadband-enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers, which have been cited more than 3200 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also President of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and the incoming President of the JTC1.
Hamish Duff
GM/Director, The Orion Network ANZ
A founding director of the Orion Network, Hamish Duff is passionate about transforming businesses through the application of digital mobile radio technology. With a career in communications spanning more than 30 years, Hamish is skilled in making the complex simple — engineering communication solutions to support the needs of all users, from the control room to the field. Hamish is the Managing Director of Mastercom, a Sydney-based communications provider with a solid reputation for delivering on what it promises. A specialist in wide-area radio networks, Hamish has a genuine understanding of the pressures faced out in the field and the role that efficient communications plays to help people every day. A member of the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA), Hamish is highly regarded for his technical competency and in 2009 was awarded an ARCIA technical excellence award.
Kevin Graham
Director, Australasian Critical Communications Forum & Managing Director, Global Digital Solutions
Kevin Graham is a qualified Electronics Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in project and systems engineering, sales/marketing, and general and executive management for private and public multinational companies. For the past 15 years, he has run his own executive management and engineering consulting company Global Digital Solutions. The majority of his working career has been spent in the telecommunications sector and more recently in the mining/processing sectors. His work has exposed him to a broad spectrum of markets and geographies within enterprise, industrial, mining, government, public safety, defence, rail and other transport and utility customer bases. Kevin established and chaired two regional industry associations for TETRA & Critical Communication in Australasia (2001) and North America (2012), was past president and board member of the Australian Radio Site Owners and Users Associations (now ARCIA) and remains a director on the Australasian TETRA and Critical Communications Forum. He also holds executive positions and is on the boards of four resource and industrial mineral processing sector organisations and other companies in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
Simon Lardner
CEO, Challenge Networks
Simon is the co-founder and Managing Director of Challenge Networks, a telecommunications system integrator specialising in the design, build and management of small-scale carrier networks around the world. He has over 27 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry. Initially starting his career in AMPS mobile network R&D, he later moved into national and finally global roles in mobile network design, deployment and support. Originally growing up on a farm, he has had the privilege of living in more than six countries and working in more than 40, but is now happy to call Australia home. Simon has a degree in Computer Engineering from RMIT and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Chris Stevens
Managing Director, CartGiS Pty Ltd
Chris Stevens is Managing Director of CartGiS Pty Ltd, an emergency management, GIS and Mapping and communications consultancy company based in Melbourne. Chris has extensive experience in LMR network design, planning and implementation as well as GIS and mapping application design and commissioning. Chris is an industry leader in systems integration, thinking outside the box and providing client centric outcomes aimed at information sharing and interoperability. CartGIS Pty Ltd also specialises in bespoke training and education for the critical communication community. Chris has extensive qualifications and experience in secondary, tertiary and workplace training and education, which coupled with his communication experience, delivers industry and client focused outcomes. Chris has been the National Lifesaving Communications Advisor to Surf Life Saving Australia since 2011. This role is in an elected volunteered capacity and he chairs the respective national communications working group. As National Lifesaving Communications Advisor, Chris is responsible for advising the states and territories on their operational communications networks as well as formulating national interoperability and business continuity strategies. Chris is also a member of the ARCIA committee, where he convenes the training committees and has been responsible for recent industry advancements in training and education.
Each day can be purchased separately or together
Register for 3 and attend the 4th for free
$75 per day

Comms Connect Virtual Conference Series 2020 will take place each Thursday in November and is an entirely virtual event, enabling you to connect, engage and learn from wherever you are in the world. Each week between 10am and midday there will be a series of presentations from local and international experts, followed by an interactive panel Q+A session.

The conference series will be presented on the Zoom platform. Approximately a week prior to the event you will receive an email from us with instructions on how register on Zoom and all the requirements you will need in order to view the presentations.

Registration for Comms Connect Virtual Conference Series 2020 is now open – click here.

You can be book each session separately for $75 +GST or book 3 sessions and get the 4th session free

Due to copyright we will not be releasing any slide decks but the presentation will be available to registered delegates to view for a limited time only post-event.

No. Your virtual tickets is designed for your viewing purposes only.

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If you are no longer able to attend this event, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. Should you wish to cancel your registration, we will refund your registration fee less an administration fee of $50 per registered delegate, provided you have notified us in writing, by email, at least 10 business days before the start of the event. No refund is available for cancellations under 10 days.

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