In April of 2015 Christopher Cunha, Chief Director of the United Civil Emergency Services Agency ( and owner of U.S. Preparatory) began consulting with David Smith of Forest Industries Telecommunications (FIT) to create a new licensing program known as the Preparatory Emergency Groups or the PEG radio system and licensing programs.
Developed out of necessity for public service, PEG is an unconventional alternative radio system that fills a large void in civil radio communications. Designed to offer flexibility and features that are often reserved only for government entities, PEG does so with a focus on cost effective components, a single license authorizing over hundreds users, no personal license required and little to no technical knowledge necessary to install, operate and program a PEG radio system. User groups can run their PEG system in the way that works for them. Radio protocol, lingo and new user authorization is set by the group not by a community of outsiders.
PEG systems offer more capabilities than existing personal radio service options when used for emergency preparedness, public service/safety organizations (CERT, REACT, disaster relief, etc.) and local government agencies that may want to install a radio systems for the community.
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IWCE 2019 Offers Professionals Unrivaled Education on the Latest Developments, Trends and Technology in Critical Communications
International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) (iwceexpo.com), the premier annual event for communications technology professionals, offers an unrivaled education program targeted to government, public safety, transportation, utilities and enterprises. IWCE’s five-day conference offers Workshops, Power Sessions, Short Courses, Special Events, Keynote Addresses and Town Hall Meetings. IWCE takes place March 4-8, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We’re proud to offer the industry’s most comprehensive education program. It’s a powerful resource for industry professionals who are interested in receiving the latest developments, trends and technology in wireless communications,” said Stacey Orlick, IWCE’s Director of Community and Conference Content. “We’re hosting over 160 sessions that will provide professionals with the broadest spectrum of views, topics and expertise on critical communications.”
Emerging tech and cybersecurity expert, Merritt Baer, Principal Security Architect for Global Accounts, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will present the keynote address.
IWCE will host 29 three-hour and two full-day Workshops interspersed with 45-minute Power Sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Short Courses offer a flexible way to take part in the conference program, while allowing attendees time to attend the Exhibit Hall. The conference is organized by the following tracks:
- 911 & Emergency Communications
- FirstNet & Public Safety Broadband
- Disaster Communications
- Interoperability & Interworking
- Network Infrastructure
- Planning and Preparation
- Push-to-Talk & Future of Voice
- Smart Cities & Critical Infrastructure
- Transformative Tech
IWCE will also offer a series of Town Hall Meetings where government and association partners will present their latest initiatives.
IWCE is co-located with IWCE’s Network Infrastructure Forum and the ETA International Education Forum.
In addition, the IWCE Exhibit Hall will feature 400+ exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the communications technology industry.
To register to attend, click here.