APCO International is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals and supports the largest U.S. membership base of any public safety association. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide - and the welfare of the general public as a whole – by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) is an international leader committed to providing complete public safety communications expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach to benefit our members and the public.
APCO International commits to strengthen our communities by empowering and educating public safety communications professionals.
APCO 2019, APCO International’s Annual Conference & Expo, is the premier event for public safety communications officials, from frontline telecommunicators to comm center managers to public safety communications equipment and services vendors. Starting August 11, APCO 2019 offers four days of educational sessions, committee meetings and special events, paired with two full days of exhibits.
The 5,000+ attendees represent a wide range of organizations, including emergency communications centers, law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical services, and government agencies, along with service providers and commercial vendors.
Education: Attendees can earn up to 16 CEUs from nine professional development tracks with more than 100 individual sessions focused on frontline telecommunicators, leadership development, comm center management, cutting edge issues, technology and more. Pre-conference APCO Institute courses offer more in-depth training.
Networking: Four special events (extra fees may apply) with engaging speakers provide an opportunity to learn, laugh and participate in industry-building activities with other public safety communications attendees and exhibitors.
Exhibits: More than 275 vendors, representing a wide range of public safety communications products and services, launch new products, provide equipment to test drive, and meet with attendees to discuss purchases or problems.
Involvement: Attendees can attend ECC tours, career advancement sessions, and healthy living seminars, as well as donate blood to a local blood bank. All attendees are invited to the general business sessions, and qualified APCO members can vote and attend committee meetings.
Fun: Attendees can meet and mingle at the APCO Block Party or tour the city with special discounts to Baltimore area attractions.
As wireless communication becomes more prevalent so does the need to connect Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems with commercial cellular LTE networks. Interconnecting these systems effectively is challenging because they do not share the same voice coding technology, known as a vocoder.
Transcoding between the AMBE+2™ vocoder used in LMR networks and the Advanced Multi-Rate (AMR) vocoder used cellular LTE networks can lead to the loss of intelligibility, increase delay and interfere with communications security. By utilizing the AMBE+2™ vocoder in both LMR and LTE systems transcoding is not required and communication intelligibility is maintained.
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