The 2015 GV Expo got some excellent news recently: We now have three interesting speakers lined up to discuss topics of great interest to the government video community. These include high-ranking police officials who will focus on the fascinating issues surrounding police body cameras.
Captain Bob Blakley of the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department will discuss his role in developing the Fairfax Police’s policy regarding body cameras. Not only is Blakley one of the leaders on his department’s policy team, he was recently appointed chair of the newly created Body-Worn Camera working group by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government, where the goal is to report on best practices to the region’s chiefs of police.
Further advancing the topic of body cameras will be Washington, DC Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who will discuss her department’s actual experience with body cameras. As a well-respected major-city police chief, Lanier is in a unique position to assess the impact of body-camera video on police operations and the legal system.
Moving from police video to public access, DC Cable Access President Nantz Rickard will address the situation with PEG channels and the many challenges they face today, from funding battles to programming.
As mentioned last month’s editorial, the Federal Government Distance Learning Association will give a live demonstration of distance learning, discussing its strengths and weaknesses, and de-mystifying its operation. Of course, one of this year’s big announcements is that the FGDLA is holding its annual conference in tandem with the GV Expo, and all the FGDLA’s learning sessions will be available to attendees at no cost.
NATIONAL DRONE SHOW
Finally, joining the GV Expo this year is the National Drone Show, which will have a large flying cage for demonstrations. There will also be training sessions regarding drone operations, which are must-see events if you are interested in this technology.
Registering to attend the GV Expo is free, and you can attend the above talks with that free pass. You can also walk the expo floor and see the products displayed by the more than 100 companies that will be exhibiting at the show.
In addition to the talks and the exhibition floor, the GV Expo also features a popular raffle of interesting products and equipment. There will be raffles at the end of each of the two exhibition days (Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2 and 3), so plan to attend to the end of the day to get in on the raffle. All you have to do to join the raffle fun is to fill out a slip of paper with your name and contact info on it, then be in attendance if your name is called. If you’re not there to respond to your name, we will pick another name.
As you can see, there will be lots of interesting things to do at the 2015 GV Expo, and I haven’t even mentioned the training sessions that address a wide array of video industry concerns, for which there is a registration fee. So we hope to see you at the show and get a chance to chat—if you’re not busy doing one of the can’t-miss events.