CHHS Experts to Present at International Public Safety Broadband Summit

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Following forward thinking on how to improve public safety project development, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) Senior Law and Policy Analysts Christopher Webster and J. Max Romanik, have been chosen to present at the 2015 Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Public Safety Broadband Summit in Washington, D.C.  Their presentation, scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, will give participants “A Primer on Agile Development for Public Safety.” The session’s co-presenters are Bill Schrier, Senior Policy Advisor, State of Washington Office of the Chief Information Officer and Brian Shepherd, Broadband Program Manager at State of Colorado.

The Agile Development Philosophy, largely used by start-up tech firms and private industry, makes users part of the development team, gets work done in two to six week “sprints,” and scraps traditional requirements lists and charts in favor of delivering usable products in a timely manner.  Webster and Romanik have been credited with “writing a ground-breaking blog post demonstrating how agile can be applied to public safety.”

“We believe Agile Development Philosophy can help public safety projects move fast, adapt, and get built with lean budgets and aggressive timelines,” said Webster, adding, “It is an honor to be introducing the agile philosophy with industry heavyweights like Bill and Brian.”

As the premier Public Safety Communications industry trade association, APCO’s annual conference is attended by technology experts, policy leaders, industry partners, and public safety professionals from across the globe.

For nearly a decade, public safety communications experts at CHHS have worked with entities throughout Maryland to address the challenges of connecting first responders at the local, state and, more recently, national level with the introduction of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).  Webster and Romanik, along with CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analysts Lori Romer Stone and Benjamin Yelin, make up the MDInterop Team and are tasked with preparing Maryland for the NPSBN. Over the past two years, the Team has met with thousands of first responders and public safety leaders to collect input on the best avenue for planning and implementation of this mission critical broadband network.


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