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The BAPCO Annual Conference & Exhibition: A key event in the sector

OPEN 3rd February 2020BAPCO Conference and Exhibition

BAPCO 2020

BAPCO 2020 is a must-attend event for everyone involved in the public safety communications technology sector.

Taking place across the course of two days, it combines a cutting-edge conference programme, with an unrivalled exhibition featuring the biggest and most important technology manufacturers in the industry. BAPCO 2020 will also have more interactive features on the show floor than ever before, such as the Drone Zone and BAPCO TV. 

As in previous years, the event will provide a crucial forum for professionals in the field of public safety communications technology to exchange information, ideas and experiences around current best practice. At the same time however, it will also provide a jumping-off point for how technology might be used going into the future, with presentations focussing on AI, drones, and much more. 


BAPCO 2019 Exhibition Floor


Why Attend?

As ever, the BAPCO Annual Conference and Exhibition will bring together the entire public safety communications sector to source the latest equipment and systems, develop important business relationships, and generate new business opportunities. With the rapid evolution

of technologies, and the constant shift of policy and challenging requirements of users, it is now more important than ever to stay abreast of the issues that affect you.

BAPCO 2020 is the must-attend annual event for those involved in public safety communications in the UK. It will enable visitors to:

  • Network with the communications industry’s biggest suppliers
  • Compare and source new comms methods, products and services
  • Receive free expert advice on the implementation and management of equipment and technologies
  • Attend best-practice conference sessions and pose questions to the experts at the industry’s forefront
  • Learn how to increase service efficiency and reduce costs
  • Do business, make new contacts, and place orders face-to-face.

Unrivaled networking for the public safety technology sector



The Ricoh Arena is unlike any other venue in the UK, and is a pioneer in the world of business, entertainment and sport.

Home to Premiership Rugby team Wasps, and Coventry City Football Club, this world-class destination in Coventry has provided a catalyst for urban regeneration and economic development since it opened in 2005. The award-winning venue has a mix of state-of-the-art conference, training, banqueting, exhibition, hotel, music and sports facilities.

There is more than 20,000 sqm of space along with 2,000 onsite car parking bays, two restaurants, a hotel and one of the UK’s largest casinos, which is perfect for post-event entertainment.


Visitor questions during a BAPCO 2019 panel discussion



 Browse the latest public safety communications solutions, as exhibited by some of the biggest manufacturers and developers across the world. BAPCO 2020 boasts over 50 leading technology suppliers showcasing innovative products and solutions for visitors to compare.

BAPCO’s outstanding exhibition is the ideal setting for public safety organisations to receive expert advice on how to enhance frontline operations while also maximising efficiency. Our range of world-class exhibitors include Motorola Solutions, SAAB, EE, Tait Communications, APD Communications, RapidSOS, Frequentis and Capita.

Conference Highlights

Tuesday 10 March

Jimmy Cockerton, UK Police Lead, Microsoft

Jimmy Cockerton, UK Police Lead, Microsoft

Keep up to date with cutting-edge talks on a diverse range of key topics such as Next Generation 999, as well as the use of artificial intelligence and drones in the public safety context.

A key highlight of the Tuesday session will undoubtedly be the annual Emergency Services Network progress update, as delivered by ESN director Bryan Clark. This is arguably the most important year for the programme so far, and BAPCO 2020 visitors will be the first to hear about all the latest developments.

The day’s other keynote comes from Microsoft’s Jimmy Cockerton, who will be discussing ‘The Digital Frontline’.

Wednesday 11 March

Jarmo Vinkvist, COO, VIRVE

Jarmo Vinkvist, COO, VIRVE

Day two offers another plethora of compelling presentations, with topics including wearables to monitor the health of frontline operatives, and the use of technology to deliver real-time situational awareness during mass-casualty incidents.

As with the first conference session, day two opens with an update on the development of a national public safety broadband network, this time VIRVE 2.0 in Finland. This presentation will be delivered by Jarmo Vinkvist of Finnish government operator State Security Networks Group Finland (Erillisverkot).

Another highlight – and bringing an international flavour – will be the Colorado 9-1-1 Resource Centre’s Monica Million discussing the new skills required for those in public safety communications and IT.

Event Features

Drone Zone

Located on the exhibition floor, the Drone Zone returns to the BAPCO Conference and Exhibition, delivering another best-practice-focused programme. 

Demonstrations within the zone will highlight numerous potential cases for use of the technology by public safety organisations. This could include increasing situational awareness during large-scale incidents or observing suspected criminal operation locations from the air. Drones are now also becoming integral to the hunt for missing or injured persons.

The UAVs will be taking off in a purpose-built flight zone, feeding back live imagery and telematics to the pilot on the ground. Attendees will be able to compare the solutions offered by different providers.

Enjoy live demonstrations at the Drone Zone

Enjoy live demonstrations at the Drone Zone


The BAPCO Annual Dinner

The BAPCO Annual Dinner is a must-attend event for all those working within UK public safety critical communications, providing a unique opportunity for the sector to come together in a laid-back yet elegant environment.

As ever, attendees will be able to enjoy fantastic food and drink as well as top-class entertainment as they relax after the finish of the conference and exhibition’s first day. There will also be the chance to network with some of the most important and influential people within the sector, first via the drinks reception and then in the bar once the festivities have ended.

The Annual Dinner is a key part of the BAPCO 2020 experience and should not be missed.

BAPCO 2019 visitors networking at the Annual Dinner

BAPCO 2019 visitors networking at the Annual Dinner


Networking Lounge and BAPCO TV

With each year that passes, the BAPCO Conference and Exhibition is becoming increasingly focussed on the visitor experience. With that in mind, 2020 will see the return of the Networking Lounge – a purpose-built space enabling attendees to take time-out to catch-up with colleagues.

Also returning for 2020, bigger and better than ever, will be BAPCO TV. Broadcasting across the course of both days, BAPCO TV will bring you all the latest interviews on key topics, from both the exhibition floor and the conference itself.

BAPCO TV will interview visitors and exhibitors

BAPCO TV will interview visitors and exhibitors

BAPCO 2020

BAPCO 2020 takes place from 10-11 March at Ricoh Arena, Coventry and is a must-attend event for everyone that is involved in critical communications and public safety solutions.

BAPCO 2020 provides a forum for professionals in the field of public safety technology, to exchange information, ideas and experiences. At BAPCO 2020, you will find unrivalled networking, a plethora of the latest technology from top suppliers and expert-led conference sessions.

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