The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) conference in November 2011 has put out a call for speakers. The deadline of February 25 is fast approaching. I decided to pitch a 1 hour breakout session loosely based on the course I teach at GWU. Below is what I sent in. Let me know your thought and make suggestions.
Technology should be made simple. Emergency Mangers are constantly being pitched new technology, and it can be hard for a non-technologist to separate out the sales pitch from the core available technologies. During this session, Keith will outline the various connectivity options to move voice and data inside a disaster zone. Information will be presented on amateur radio, business radio, public safety radio, cellular, satellite and land-line services; while highlighting the pros and cons for mobile, rapid deploy and fixed sites.
The goal is to
- equip the EM with a stronger understand of the options based on the experiences of a technology practioner and peer CEM;
- enlighten EMs to connectivity options they may not have considered before; and
- promote the concept that technology can be simplified so don’t accept complex explanations.
Three things the audience will learn
- Sales people make technology sound beyond their understanding when it isn’t.
- The options available are simply variations off a few basic methods of connectivity.
- The concept of PACE is easy to use for planning. (Humm… PACE… there’s another blog post to be written.)
As a final note, I was asked to submit a draft PowerPoint file of the presentation. While I created a file, I did note that I hate death by PowerPoint and will not subject others to it.