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Public Safety Technologies Roundtable 

Emerging Public Safety Technologies and Beyond! was a special complimentary live 90 minute, virtual event that was held in December 2021. During the event, moderated by Mehmet Ulema, a panel of subject matter experts focused on several important technologies and applications that can help public safety agencies and personnel improve their effectiveness and performance in saving lives, protecting property, and preserving the environment.

Such technologies included Smart algorithms (AI, ML, Big Data analytics), software security, Communications Networks (5G, 6G, Wi-Fi, Satellite), Biotechnologies (DNA, Biometric Monitoring), Blockchain, and more.

The IEEE, as one of the world’s leading technical associations, complements the work of other associations such as APCO, NSPTC, etc. In that spirit, the panel also addressed emerging paradigms such as “Whole Community” (FEMA) and opportunities and challenges presented by smart cities and sustainability.

To access the event recording, corresponding whitepaper, and presentation slides, please see below:

Organizers: Mehmet Ulema and Douglas N. Zuckerman, Consultant, Peraton Labs, USA

Moderator: Mehmet UlemaManhattan College

Featured Panelists:

This Roundtable is an IEEE Future Tech Forum event, brought to you by IEEE Future Directions.



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Dr. Mehmet Ulema is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Manhattan College, New York. Previously, he held management and technical positions in AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bellcore, and Daewoo Telecom. He has been on the editorial board of a number of journals. Dr. Ulema is the author of a book entitled “Fundamentals of Public Safety Networks and Critical Communications” published by Wiley in 2019. Mehmet was actively involved in standardization in ITU, TIA, ATIS, and IEEE. Currently, he is a member of IEEE SA Standards Board and he is a Co-chair of the IEEE Future Network Initiatives’ Standards Working Group. He is also a co-chair of the IEEE Public Safety Technology Task Force. Dr. Ulema also had leading roles in numerous IEEE ComSoc conferences including ICC and Globecom. Dr. Ulema has received a number of awards including the IEEE SA Standards Medallion award. Dr. Ulema holds MS & Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at Polytechnic University (now the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. He also received BS & MS degrees at Istanbul Technical University.


Narendra Mangra, Principal at GlobeNet LLC, is a transdisciplinary advisor and consultant in industry, academia, and government. He has a deep foundation in the wireless telecommunications ecosystem and wide experience with mobile and fixed broadband telecommunications, public safety, agriculture, transportation, and health care end users. His experience spans several key roles within the end-to-end mobile ecosystem stages, mobile network design and deployment lifecycle, procurement lifecycle, and the program/project management lifecycles. He currently serves as the Co-Chair for several IEEE initiatives including the Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR), Applications and Services WG Co-Chair, INGR Young Professionals Education, P1950.1 Smart Cities Architecture Standards Development, Transdisciplinary Framework Industry Connections, and the Telehealth Industry Connections. He also contributes to the Public Safety Task Force and the Rural Communications Industry Connections. His current interests include transdisciplinary frameworks, 5G and technology convergence, smart regions, and related ecosystems.


Professor Carolyn McGregor AM is the Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence for Health and Wellness and a two-time Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics based at Ontario Tech University. She is the Founding Director of the Joint Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence for Health and Wellness between Ontario Tech University and the University of Technology Sydney. Dr. McGregor AM has led pioneering research in Big Data analytics, stream computing, artificial intelligence, deep learning, internet of things, temporal data mining, and cloud computing. She now progresses this research within the context of critical care medicine, astronaut health along with firefighter and tactical officer resilience assessment and development. She is the inventor and lead on two international award-winning AI-driven Big Data analytics platforms for health and wellness, Artemis and Athena. She has over 190 refereed publications, received more than $15 Million in research funding, holds 3 patents in multiple jurisdictions, and has established two startup companies resulting from her research. In 2014 she was awarded membership in the Order of Australia for her significant service to science and innovation through health care information systems. In 2018 she was named as a Women Leader in Digital Health by Digital Health Canada. In 2021-22 she is the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society’s Vice President, Member, and Student Activities.


Grayson Randall serves as Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Ascot Technologies, Inc., an award-winning software company specializing in data collection and data mining technologies. A former IBMer with 13 patents, he leads all the development and support efforts for Ascot Technologies, including new product development and deployment. He has over 30 years of experience in systems design and architecture and has experience as a team leader for international scale projects. Mr. Randall is a founding member of the IEEE MOVE team and is currently the Operations Lead for MOVE. Grayson is responsible for 2 Communication/Command Center trucks that have deployed 24 times in the last 5 years to disasters in the United States. He is also known in the world of robotics for his leadership of the Insight Racing DARPA Grand Challenge team which secured final and semi-final positions in the highly competitive autonomous robotic vehicle races. He also created the IEEE KEN humanoid robot project that interacted with volunteers from 10 years old to 90 years old to create a robot that could have a natural language discussion with people.


Susan Ronning, P.E., PMP is a registered professional engineer in multiple states and is the owner and principal engineer of ADCOMM Engineering, LLC, a critical communications consultancy based in the Pacific Northwest who focuses on public safety, utilities, and other critical infrastructure clients. She is a multi-faceted technical professional with 20+ years of experience in all aspects of wireless telecommunications systems serving the critical industries where personnel safety is the highest priority! She has led as an accomplished owner’s engineer, systems engineer, implementation engineer, project manager, and strategic planner of critical infrastructure communication systems working under manufacturers, consulting groups, and government agencies. She is experienced in all project phases from project inception through final system integration testing and acceptance. She is a US Navy veteran who holds a AS in ET from Chapman University, BS in EE from San Diego State University, and MBA from American InterContinental University. Ms. Ronning is the co-chair for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Telecommunications Working Group, and a long time member of the IEEE.


Dean Skidmore is Founder and Principal Consultant at IoT+LTE Consulting Group, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. This consulting company started in 2015 and works closely with public safety agencies at the International, National, State, County, City and Town levels. Since 2014, Dean also provides pro-bono consulting work for the National Public Safety Communications Council (NPSTC) and currently is the co-chair of the NPSTC Public Safety IoT (PSIoT) workgroup, which publishes technology and governance guidance to public safety agencies and First Responders. Additionally, since 2014, Dean volunteers in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sponsored Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) organization which hosts the Public Safety SuperCluster (PSSC) committee where Dean is a co-chair of the PSSC. The GCTC focuses on Smart City innovation and the PSSC publishes Smart Public Safety guidance for Smart Cities. Dean has also worked with IBM for 32 years, in a number of IT & Telecommunications business development and solutions development roles working with some of the largest carriers in the world. Additionally, after IBM, Dean worked for Motorola Solutions for 8 years and primarily focused on Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) and Land Mobile Radio architecture and development roles for clients in North America and the Middle East. While in Motorola Solutions, Dean was involved in the FirstNet RFI and RFP evaluation work that established the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Additionally, while at Motorola Solutions, Dean began his focus on Public Safety Interoperability challenges and applying the Cellular Internet of Things (C-IoT) ecosystem to Public Safety use cases and applications which form the basis of most of Dean’s current work in Public Safety Communications.


Dr. Douglas N. Zuckerman received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks, and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for telecommunications network management. After retiring from Telcordia, as a consulting employee he contributed to optical networking standards through the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF). Doug is a past IEEE Board member, former IEEE Communications Society President, and has held leadership positions in conferences, publications, and membership development. Currently, he is on the IEEE Future Directions and Industry Engagement Committees, as well as co-chair of the IEEE Public Safety Technologies Task Force.



Available on-demand: click here to access the event recording.