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Executive Telecom Briefing #17

Smart Infrastructure
Security, Interconnectivity and New ICT Services in the Design and Construction of Smart Cities, Airports and Buildings

Objective | Program

March 23 - 24, 2006
9:00am - 7:00pm, 9:00am - 12:15pm

Room 309, Marvin Center | map
The George Washington University
Washington, DC

Registration Fees

$995 first attendee
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Event Chairperson
Prof. Joseph Pelton

Director, SACRI

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

George Washington University


Telecom Briefing Objective

In an age of rapid technical innovation and uncertainty born of terrorism and natural disaster, one of the great challenges of our times is to engineer our cities and essential public infrastructure more creatively and with greater security. This Executive Briefing at George Washington University on March 23-24, 2006 (Marvin Center, 800 21 st St. NW, Washington, DC) is being presented in partnership with the IGI Group.

This event is specifically focused on the need to engineer and implement new, more flexible and more secure urban infrastructure. Virtually all facilities need to be updated to meet Twenty-first Century needs. Everything from airports to universities, from hospitals to government centers need to be updated and re-engineered to be “smart”, secure, interactive and responsive to changing needs. The planning of new and retrofitted facilities needs to be carried out on an integrated basis that uses the latest ICT technology, security systems, “smart” sensors, and modularity.

This innovative new planning and design process must allow urban systems to grow organically, adapt to new information and security needs and control costs as new requirements emerge. This, in turn, requires such systems to be more modular, more update-able and more scalable so that systems can be enhanced in terms of their performance, reliability and security without totally rebuilding entire buildings or systems. Concepts such as modularity, software defined hardware,   new telecom and networking standards and interoperability are key themes that will be addressed by the outstanding cast of presenters at this George Washington University-Information Gatekeepers Inc. Executive Briefing.

The various panels and presentations will highlight speakers from Arrowhead Global Solutions, Bearing Point, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Via-Sat, Irwin Communications, the Satellite Industry Association, George Washington University, George Mason University, and others to be announced. This Executive Briefing will explore how to apply the best of new sensor and ICT systems can achieve these ends. It will address how to better design systems—i.e. system that are easily “speak” to each other based on IP-based platforms—and to achieve networks and facilities that can be “future proofed” against rapid obsolesce. Governmental administrators, urban planners, CIOs, heads of security systems, satellite and wireless system providers and many others need to learn how to plan integrated “smart infrastructure” that can offer new levels of security and more effective and flexible tools to first responders, teachers and medical providers. Regulatory shifts and future opportunities for deploying such systems in the U.S. and abroad will also be addressed.

Developing Program

Thursday • March 23, 2006

8:30 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome Remarks and Keynote
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Session One

Smart Cities: Key Needs for
Interconnectivity and Interoperability

This panel will discuss the differing needs and opportunities for the private and the public sectors in terms of planning for new “smart infrastructure”. This panel will consider the most efficient communications and computer networking systems for various types of businesses, first responder services, enhanced government operations and how they can be accomplished through the provision of common IP platforms and via new gateway and interoperability standards.

Speakers :

Dr. Jack Belcher
Arlington County,Virginia

Dr. Indu Singh
Smart Cities Practice in Emerging Markets Division
Bearing Point

James Wadsworth
Fairfax County

10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Lunch
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Session Two
Smart Cities: Smart “Sensors” and Monitoring Capability

This session will address the need for new types of smart "sensors" and monitoring devices to provide security as well as efficiencies and amenities to airports, public buildings, military installations, the home and office. (These presentations will address current state of the art systems that run on today's IP based networks, plus new capabilities represented by THz cameras, IR devices, nano-technology swarms, bio-sensors, acoustic sensing systems, etc.)

Speakers :


Dr. David Nagel
MEMS and Nanotechnology Center
George Washington University

Kerry Kachejian
Raytheon Corporation

Dr. Murray Loew
Institute for Bio-Technology

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Networking Break
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Session Three
information and security services

This session will discuss the next generation of "Smart DVR-based satellite services", individually addressable VSAT systems, SCADA/satellite applications, and the prospects for developing more user-friendly new mobile satellite system capabilities
Speakers :

Prakash Chitre
V.P. Via Sat and Director
Comsat Labs

Denis Curtin

Dr. Joe Bravman
Omni-Sat Corporation

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session Four

Fiber and Hybrid Broadband
Satellite / Wireless Gateway Services

This panel will discuss evolving requirements for more reliable, flexible and cost-efficient home, office and campus facilities. Gate Way technology to integrate wireless and terrestrial wire systems will be discussed in terms of cost, standards, and security. (Included in the discussion will be consideration new gateway technology and standards for net-centric operations as well as ways to interconnect advanced and legacy systems (i.e. ISO/IEC 15045 and ISO/IEC 18012).

Speakers :

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton

Dr. Abdul Rana
Arrowhead Global Solutions

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session Five

New Requirements and Capabilities for Wireless Services for a 21st Century World

This panel will address applications related to “Smart highways”, “Smart Buildings” and use of these systems for security, emergency communications and recovery from terrorist attacks. i.e new and emerging 802.11 technology and systems, Wi-Max systems and Ultra Wide Band).

Speakers :

Prof. David Smith
Telecom Program
George Washington University

Paul Daubitz

D.K. Sachdev
SpaceTel Consultancy

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Session Six
Recap of the First Day

Chaired by:
Prof. Joseph Pelton

(Panel of Earlier Speakers)

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Wine & Cheese Reception

Friday • March 24, 2006

8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session Seven
Legal, Regulatory and Policy Issues Involving ICT Technology and Smart Cities and Buildings

This panel will address regulatory and standards-related issues that impact the "Smart IT World" both in the U.S. and around the world. This panel will explore the possible impact of a new US Telecom Law, new international standards for interoperability and gateways, as well as such as issues as constraints imposed by the World Trade Organization, intellectual property rights, etc.

Speakers :

Frank Jazzo

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Session Eight
The "Smart City and Smart Infrastructure" Within the Context of Strategic Planning for Homeland Security, Net-centric Warfare and Natural Disasters.

This concluding panel will emphasize that integrated planning of buildings, infrastructure, utilities and ICT systems will be necessary to successfully operate in a 21 st century world and that ad hoc or piece meal upgrades of systems such as airports, public or private buildings will produce a wide range of problems that will undercut cost efficiencies, security and productivity.

Speakers :

James Turk
Department of Homeland Security

11:00 am - 11:15 am Networking Break
11:15 am - 12:15 am

Session Nine
Final Overview of
Evolving Needs and New Technology for a "Smart World"

This final session would cover new technology, systems and standards that will be needed to achieve truly “smart infrastructure. Thus this final panel will undertake consideration, among other things, of 4G wireless systems, PCL, new gateway standards, Wi-Max, new survivability standards for Telecom, ICT and   power systems, IP version 6 and data base compatibility.

(Panel of Earlier Speakers)

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Close of Conference