Submit your proposal for BAPCO 2021 by Monday 31 August


The BAPCO Annual Event has established itself as the leading, must-attend, event in the UK for the public safety communications sector. This is your chance to get involved and shape the 2021 conference.

We live in a world of heightened threats, increased demand and reduced resources for those involved in public safety technology and critical communications. At the same time, there are numerous exciting possibilities and challenges for users and providers when it comes to the technology itself.
With that in mind, in our call for papers, we are looking for ideas and innovations to help those on the frontline better protect the public, while at the same time helping to keep themselves safe.

BAPCO 2021 is particularly looking for examples of current technologies, initiatives and ways of working, as well as operational/end-user case examples.

Submit your proposal for review!


We are seeking submissions from technology and public safety experts on the following topics.
You are of course also at liberty to propose your own content titles.
1 Experience of public safety services during COVID-19.

What was used during the response to the COVID-19 crisis? What has worked well, what has not worked so well and what insights can be shared to help shape improvements for similar crises in the future?
2 The future of public safety services and its technology - the long view.

With the likes of 6G and artificial superintelligence already being discussed, what will the landscape look like in a decade or more's time?
3 What new skills do we need in public safety tech & IT?

How are organisations assessing what they need to do differently, now and in the future? Should the younger generation now be training the old hands, rather than vice versa?
4 Emergency Services Network - what are we going to do with it?

ESN will provide UK first responders with a variety of opportunities which they've never had before in terms of operational comms. How are organisations planning to exploit this, and - with incremental delivery currently a key watchword -, at what point?
5 How are other countries/communities delivering public safety comms, and what can we learn from each other?

With ESN being rolled out in the UK, how are international public safety partners dealing with the challenge of delivering their own new technology? How are current solutions being used to mitigate large scale events, and how will developments such as mission-critical broadband help improve that response?
6 What are the challenges of delivering public safety services on broadband & 5G?

What are the main challenges that public safety network operators around the world are facing in transitioning to broadband and 5G? What approaches can/are being taken to move this process forward?
7 Working with commercial partners - is it always about profit?

How is the increasing connectivity of the critical communications infrastructure being reflected in the exploitation of synergies between users and manufacturers? Where has close relationship and consultation resulted in genuine - and possibly even unique - operational benefits?
8 Mental health issues and care in public safety communications.

For those working in emergency services control rooms, potential mental health trauma is already a fact of life due to the distressing nature of many calls. With Next Gen 999 technology promising to up the stakes further with video footage as well as voice, how do we make sure that operators remain happy and healthy?
AR and VR in public safety technology.

With AR and VR technology already being used in some organisations to help train their personnel, what are the further use cases for public safety? What are we likely to see once the massively increased connectivity and incredibly low latency of 5G become available?
10 5G and the risks of falling behind the curve.

Compared to the general public, UK public safety personnel have been incredibly late to the party when it comes to the use of 4G. What are the implications and risks if the same thing happens with the next generation of broadband technology?
11 Smart devices in the home - help or hindrance?

With an increasing number of people using innovations such as IoT-based security solutions in their own home, what are the implications for public safety operations?
12 Business change and challenge from new technology & solutions.

Are organisations building technological change into their core long-term business processes? And if not, why not?
13 IoT in public safety.

What opportunities will the Internet of Things present for not just emergency services operations, but for the wider social care and health piece, and the protection of vulnerable people?
14 Cyber security.

What steps should we be taking in an increasingly connected age? What can recent incidents teach us about best practice, both in and out of the public safety sector?
15 Drones.

What are the public safety uses and benefits? What are the current examples of best practice, and how do we progress from here?
16 AI/machine learning.

What solutions will it provide for public safety? What will be the challenges?


Please contact Event Executive, Charlotte Moore, with any submission queries.

Charlotte Moore

Event Executive

+44 (0) 207 501 6765

Lisa Freeman

Conference Director

+ 44 (0) 207 501 6768