2018 Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM)
Annual Assembly and Conference Schedule
Subject to change without notice
Monday September 24, 2018

5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • RTCM Board Meeting (Members Invited) (Board Room)
Tuesday September 25, 2018

    • Continental Breakfast in Registration Area

8:00am - 9:15am (Bella Lago)

    • RTCM Opening Session
        ~ Welcome by RTCM Chair and NMEA Executive Director 
                - Chris Hoffman
                  Chairman, RTCM Board of Directors and
                - Mark Reedenauer
                  President & Executive Director, NMEA
         ~ Annual Meeting - including RTCM Report and Election of Board
                - Chris Hoffman
        ~ Remarks by President
                - Ed Wendlandt
                  President Designate, RTCM
        ~ Welcome by Commander 7th Coast Guard District
                - Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown, USCG
                - "You are Essential for Our Success”

9:15am - 9:30am

    • Coffee Break in Registration Area

9:30am - 10:45am (Bella Lago)

    • Coast Guard Report and Awards Presentation
        ~ Rear Admiral David M. Dermanelian, USCG
           Assistant Commandant for C4IT (CG-6); Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command
    • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) / International Organization for Standardization (ISO)    
        ~ Chris Hoffman
    • Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM) Report
        ~ Richard Doherty, Technical Director
    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Report
        ~ Ghassan Khalek
           Mobility Division, Wireless Bureau FCC
10:45am - 11:00am

    • Coffee Break in Registration Area 

11:00am - 12:15pm (Bella Lago)

    • El Faro Presentation and Q&A
        ~ Sean Payne, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
           Mechanical Engineer
           Vehicle Recorders Division
    • Cospas-Sarsat System Update
        ~ Steve Lett
           Chief Executive of the International Cospas-Sarsat Program in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    • WRC-19 Update
        ~  Christian Rissone
            Leader International Maritime Organization (IMO) / International  
            Telecommunication Union (ITU) Joint Experts Group on Maritime Radiocommunication
12:15pm - 1:30pm

    • Buffet Lunch (British Ballroom)

1:30pm - 7:30pm (PGA Ballroom)

    • Exhibits Open

4:30pm - 6:30pm
    • Welcome Reception in PGA Ballroom

Wednesday September 26, 2018

    • Continental Breakfast in Registration Area
8:00am - 9:15am (Bella Lago)

    • SC-134/135 Presentation High Accuracy/High Integrity Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
         ~ Kendall Ferguson
            RTCM Board and Chair of SC104 & 134
            Technology Design Manager
            Sapcorda Services USA, Inc.
    • Rolls Royce - Autonomous Vehicles
         ~ Davis Sanford
            Campaigns Lead, Defense - Naval Unmanned & Future Technologies
    • Florida Atlantic University - Autonomous Vehicle Office of Naval Research Grant Program
         ~ Dr. Manhar Dhanak
            Professor Department of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
         ~ Dr. Armando Sinisterra
            Research Associate in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
9:15am - 9:30am

    • Coffee Break in Registration Area

9:30am - 10:45am
(Bella Lago)

    • Extended Range AIS
         ~ Mark Johnson
            President Shine Micro
    • Research Report Solid State/Magnetron Radar Issues
         Developing new interference protection criteria estimation methods to support Federal government
         spectrum sharing initiatives.
         ~ Robert Achatz, NTIA
            Spectrum Measurement Group Institute for Telecommunication Sciences in Boulder, Colorado
    • Inland Waterways Update
         ~ Brian Tetreault
            Navigation Systems Specialist, US Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center

10:45am - 11:00am

    • Coffee Break in Registration Area

11:00am - 12:15pm (Bella Lago)

    • Satellite Telecommunications Updates
        ~ Inmarsat
             - John Dodd, Director Safety Services
        ~ Iridium
             - Larry Solomon, Maritime Safety Services Program Manager   
        ~ ORBCOMM
             - Andrew Loretta, Director, Maritime Business Development
12:15pm - 1:30pm

    • Buffet Lunch (British Ballroom)

1:30pm - 7:30pm (PGA Ballroom)

    • Exhibits Open

4:30pm - 6:30pm
    • Reception in PGA Ballroom

Thursday September 27, 2018


    • Continental Breakfast in Registration Area

Parallel Sessions as noted below - breaks for coffee and lunch

Coffee Breaks
    • 9:15am - 9:30am
    • 10:45am - 11:00am
    • 2:45pm - 3:00pm
8:00am - 5:00pm SC110 Meeting (Vista B)

8:00am - 9:15am (Technical Program) Maritime Cyber Risk Management (Bella Lago)

    • Captain Glenn Hernandez USCG, retired - Moderator
        ~ CG-FAC: Lieutenant Commander Brandon Link, USCG
           Cyber Security Branch Chief Security Domestic Ports Division
         ~ CG-ENG: Lieutenant Kevin Kuhn, USCG
           Electrical Engineer and Cyber Risk Management Team Leader
         ~ American Bureau of Shipping: John Jorgensen
           Chief Scientist ABS Cyber Safety
9:30am - 12:15pm (Masters Ballroom A)

    • Maritime Cyber Risk Management Workshop Defining RTCM’s role
        ~ Captain Glenn Hernandez USCG, retired - Moderator
           Cyber Security Consultant
        ~ Dave Levin 
           Assistant Professor for Computer Science,
           University of Maryland and the Maryland Cybersecurity Center
9:30am - 12:15pm (Vista A)

    • Licensing Seminar for Commercial and Recreational Vessels
        ~ Rich Beattie - Moderator
           Quality Manager Radio Holland
        ~ Ghassan Khalek
           Mobility Division, Wireless Bureau FCC
        ~ Russ Levin, USCG
           Spectrum Management Specialist

9:30am - 10:45pm (Technical Program continued) (Bella Lago)

    • Program Updates
        ~ Globalstar
             - Kerry Greer, Globalstar
               Vice President Product Engineering
        ~ Coast Guard Procurement Plans for Telecommunications, Electronics, and Navigation Systems
             - Timothy Strickland, USCG
                Chief Business Operations Division
        ~ The Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessels - U.S. Coast Guard National
           Security and Fast Response Cutters Command and Control Programs
             - Paul LaFond L3-Technologies
               C4/IT Program Manager USCG and Australian Navy Programs
11:00am - 12:15pm (Technical Program continued) (Bella Lago)

    • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Maritime Safety Information
        ~ Rachael E. Cunningham
           NGA Maritime Safety Watch
    • RTCM Standard for Electronic Visual Distress Signal Devices
        ~ Martin Jackson, USCG
           Staff Engineer Office of Design and Engineering Standards
    • Inmarsat Transmission Security TBC

12:15pm - 1:30pm

    • Buffet Lunch (British Ballroom)

1:30pm - 4:30pm (Bella Lago)

    • GMDSS Task Force Fall Meeting
        ~ Captain Jack Fuechsel, Director

Friday September 28, 2018


    • Continental Breakfast in Registration Area
9:00am - 5:00pm (Bella Lago)

   • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Beacon Manufacturers Workshop (Includes
     lunch and refreshment breaks)
        ~ Lisa Hessler, PMP
           ERT Project Manager
           NOAA/SARSAT PMO Team
Beacon Manufacturer’s Workshop
The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) Program.  The workshop provides an open forum with the organizations that manufacture, market and service emergency beacons. Industry representatives will have the opportunity to freely discuss issues that affect the industry and customers with officials from the Federal Government who manage and operate the USA and International Cospas-Sarsat System.  Separate registration (no charge) required:  See the invitation letter and registration form.


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