Public Safety

Public Safety and Security

Hear from defense leaders, homeland security professionals, law enforcement and industry experts as they discuss how agencies and organizations are using drones for safety, security, intelligence and surveillance and the cyber threats associated with UAS implementation.

Thursday, February 8

0930 – 1000 Drones for Good- Balancing Service, Safety and Security for Program Success

Description: With a fleet of over 300 drones, more than 200 UAS pilots, and 12,000 completed flights across more than 25 different mission applications, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has one of the largest and most diverse UAS programs in the domestic government space. This presentation will provide a brief overview of how DOI is using drones in missions including disaster, search and rescue, and emergency response and how they are addressing physical and cyber security concerns to ensure sustained program success.

Speaker: Mr. Mark L. Bathrick, Director, Office of Aviation Services (OAS), U.S. Department of the Interior

1000 – 1030 UAS in Support of FBI Intelligence, Investigative and Law Enforcement Activities and Operations

Speaker: Mr. Scott Brunner, Section Chief, Surveillance and Aviation Section, Critical Incident Response Group, Federal Bureau of Investigation

1400 – 1430 Public Safety UAS Operations in York County, VA

Description: The York County, Virginia, Remotely Operated Vehicles for Emergency Response Team (ROVER Team) is a Public Safety UAS team comprised of firefighters and law enforcement personnel from the Department of Fire and Life Safety and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. The team has responded to a number of incidents throughout Virginia to include active shooter incidents, missing persons, large fires, protest events, tornado damage assessment, SWAT operations, and many more. This presentation will discuss these incidents, how the team has instituted change and technical advancements in response to lessons learned, and what the team sees as the needs for the continued advancement of public safety UAS use.

Speaker: Assistant Chief Christopher W. Sadler, Acting Deputy Chief/Deputy Director, York County Department of Fire and Life Safety

1430 – 1500 The Explosion of Public Safety UAS

Description: Over the last three years, the use of UAS by Public Safety has grown exponentially. From a trickle of public safety agencies in 2014 to over 600 approved COAs by 2017 with many more every day. This presentation will review the transition from concept to reality and provide an overview of public safety UAS Standards. Additionally, a summary of the National Council on Public Safety UAS, it’s purpose, recent activity and where to find and share UAS information from and with other organizations and agencies.

Speaker: Chief Charles Werner, Chair, National Council and Public Safety UAS

1545 – 1645 Panel Session: Cyber Threats to Unmanned Systems: Understanding the Risks

Description: A primary factor that will delay employment of autonomous robots on the battlefield are cybersecurity vulnerabilities that degrade overall trust in the system’s functionality and performance. This panel of government experts will discuss these potential threats with a key focus on how industry can work to achieve solutions.

Moderator: Dr. Scott D. Lathrop, Director of Cyber and Secure Autonomy, SoarTech

Panelists: Dr. Dariusz Mikulski, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Ground Vehicle Robotics (GVR), U.S. Army TARDEC; Mr. Michael Martin, Chief, Prototyping & Forensics Branch, Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate, U.S. Army; Lt. Col. Stephen S. Hamilton, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute


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