For more than four decades, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Tech Conference has been the premier annual gathering of law enforcement leaders and CIOs, as well as crime analysts, investigators and patrol officers seeking out the latest policing technology trends and best practices.

The 2019 event kicks off on Monday, May 20 in Jacksonville, Florida with a wide-ranging agenda spanning everything from the use of drones and artificial intelligence in emergency response to 3D location tech and how social media can be a key source for digital evidence gathering.

Here’s my pick of five must-see sessions on the IACP Tech Conference 2019 agenda.

1. A Global Perspective on Emerging Tech and Law Enforcement

This year’s keynote speaker at IACP Tech is Harald Arm, director of operational support and analysis at INTERPOL. Arm is responsible for the support of law enforcement officers in 24/7 investigations and crisis response, and will discuss how emerging technologies are impacting global policing. Previously at Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt heading up the development of strategic IT products, Arm will look at the latest trends in police forensics, new identification technologies, police data management, fugitive investigative support and border management.

Location: Rooms 102-103

Date: Monday, May 20, 8:15 a.m.

2. The Future of 3D Location Technology and Benefits for Public Safety

3D location technology holds enormous potential for improving emergency response efforts in high-rise buildings. I’ll be joining this panel discussion together with Manlio Allegra of Polaris Wireless, Greg Albrecht of Orion Labs and Eddie Reyes of Prince William County, Virginia. We’ll explore how secure user plane technology operating over the top of traditional wireless networks could be the next evolution of 3D location.

Location: Room 103

Date: Monday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.

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3. Drone Cops: Law Enforcement Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Drones are becoming an increasingly important part of the law enforcement technology arsenal, with more than 1,000 agencies in the U.S. adopting unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In this informational session, Sgt. Alan Frazier of Grand Forks County, North Dakota will outline the key considerations for establishing a UAS unit within a law enforcement agency, including a primer on FAA regulations. A certified flight instructor himself, Frazier will be joined by Don Roby who leads training programs at the Airborne Public Safety Association.

Location: Rooms 102-103

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 8:30 a.m.

4. Tomorrow’s Workplace Transformation Today: Samsung’s DeX In-Vehicle Solution

Samsung’s Travis Hudson and Todd Maxwell will host this tech talk on how the DeX platform is enabling patrol officers to replace in-vehicle laptops with a smartphone-powered desktop experience. They’ll provide an update on the adoption of DeX in public safety, discuss how leading computer aided dispatch (CAD) providers are getting on board with the platform, as well as highlighting the cost savings and user experience benefits of going mobile-first.

Location: Tech Talk Theater

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 11:15 a.m.

5. How to Make More of Social Media as Digital Evidence

As part of the IACP Tech Conference’s Digital Evidence track, Evan Nicholas from the FBI’s National Domestic Communications Assistance Center will explore how information collected from social media platforms can be used to progress an investigation. From 2003 to 2016, Nicholas was a special agent at the FBI’s New York field office and specialized in investigating crimes against children, including abductions and child pornography cases. The session will discuss how to identify platforms used by suspects, how evidence can be obtained and techniques for analysis.

Location: Room 103

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 p.m.

In addition to the insightful presentation sessions and panel discussions, the IACP Tech exhibition hall will feature more than 75 technology providers showing off their latest equipment and software solutions.

The Samsung public safety team will be showcasing our mobile solutions for law enforcement in Booth 307. Drop by to see our latest smartphones, tablets and wearables, as well as a demo of the mobile-powered DeX in-vehicle solution.

We are also hosting a reception for IACP Tech Conference attendees on May 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel, 25 Water Street, Jacksonville, in the Prefunction Area Florida Ballroom.

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