2019 Judges

Discover which industry experts joined the 2019 judging panel.
Robin Davis, Chair, Transport Working Group, TCCA

Robin Davis is an independent advisor and technology advocate, who has advised government bodies and many public safety agencies around the world on the deployment of large scale leading edge technology projects and programmes. Specific to mission critical communications he has a detailed understanding of operational systems, LTE, TETRA radio, broadband and complex control room integration. His experience covers working across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, India, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. He is a specialist in providing business case justification, benchmarking and procurement support for complex technology programmes and is currently advising various government, public safety, transport and utility organisations. Robin has held the role of Chairman of the TCCA Transportation Group for the last ten years.

Kevin Graham, Director, Australasian Critical Communications Forum

Kevin graduated as an electronics engineer and has 40 years’ experience in project and systems engineering, sales/marketing, executive management and advisory roles to private and public multinational companies. For the last 17 years, he has run his management and engineering consulting company Global Digital Solutions. The majority of his working career has been in mission critical telecommunications across APAC and USA serving enterprise, industrial, mining, government, public safety, defence, rail/transport and utility sectors. Kevin was the founding chairman of Critical Communication Industry Associations in Australasia (since 2000) and North America (2012-2015). He was also past president and board member of the Australian Radio Site Owners and Users Associations (now ARCIA). He remains a director on the Australasian Critical Communications Forum and holds executive positions on the board of several companies in Singapore, Australia and specialist management advisory to private and public companies in Singapore, New Zealand and USA.

Barbara Held, Head of Directorate Strategy and Central Management, German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS)

Barbara Held is currently Head of Directorate Strategy and Central Management at the German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS). She has joined the BDBOS in August 2012 as Head of Directorate General Affairs. Following her academic career in Communication Science at Freie Universität Berlin, Barbara Held was hired in 2000 by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) to work for the Federal Coordination Board for the ICT in the German Government (KBST). Among her tasks was the promotion of Open Standards as well as the management of several eGovernment projects. From 2004 to 2008 Barbara Held was seconded as National Expert to the European Commission (DG Entreprise and DG Informatics) covering various topics in the area of cross-border data exchange. Back in Berlin she became member of the unit “Police Information Matters” in the BMI,serving as head of the German delegation in the relevant EU-Council working groups (Schengen and DAPIX). In 2012 Barbara Held attended a six month course in “International Security Policy” at the German Federal Academy for Security Studies (Berlin). She holds a PhD in Communication Science and is board member and director of the TETRA and Critical Communications Association (TCCA).

Ken Rehbehn, Directing Analyst, IHS Markit

Ken Rehbehn is a mobile communications analyst at IHS Markit, specialising in mission-critical and business-critical communications technologies used for public safety and industry. He is responsible for the direction of critical communications broadband coverage, and he tracks the growing role of LTE and 5G. He also contributes towards land mobile radio and control room research topics. Over the past two decades, Ken has analysed the progress of 3GPP mobile technologies from GSM to 5G. In addition to his industry contributions as an analyst writing and speaking on the topic of mobility technology, he continues to serve as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in the Washington, DC area. In this capacity, he relies upon modern voice and data mission-critical communications technologies during fire/rescue responses.

Kai Rotermundt, Managing Partner, P3 communications GmbH

Kai Rotermundt is managing partner of P3 communications GmbH. He is in the mobile communications business since the beginning of the 90’s when GSM started its success story, coming up with an internship at Deutsche Telekom in the context of the last analog wireless service, the C-Network. After receiving his Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bremen, he proceeded to work for three German nationwide mobile network operators (E-Plus GSM, Broadnet WLL, MobilCom UMTS) with responsibilities in the fields of planning, rollout and operations. Finally, he was responsible for a German branch office. Starting in 2003 at P3, since then and till now he was significantly involved into technical consulting, engineering and testing projects for the German first responders digital radio network. Under his guidance, P3 has accompanied the development of the TETRA network over the whole life cycle from requirements specification to operations. At P3 communications GmbH, he’s responsible for the public sector.

Adrian Scrase, CTO & Head of MCC, ETSI & 3GPP

Adrian Scrase played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project. He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative. He is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.

Ian Thompson, CEO, BAPCO

Ian is a retired Police Officer with a strong background in operational policing, control rooms and technology. Ian is proud to be the BAPCO CEO and to work with the Board and Executive Committee to develop the association, whilst at the same time promoting a greater understanding of the needs and possibilities of public safety technology and connections with partners including TCCA. Passionate about the needs of ‘users’; under Ian’s leadership the association has expanded from blue light critical communications to a more inclusive membership working with all aspects of public safety technology for the benefit of everybody.

Sandi Wendelken, Editor, RadioResource Media Group

Sandra Wendelken is editor of MissionCritical Communications and RadioResource International magazines. She has more than 25 years of wireless technology reporting and editing experience. Before rejoining RadioResource Media Group in 2005, Wendelken worked for Crain Communications as interactive manager and editor of RCRNews.com, the online news service of RCR Wireless News. From 1999 – 2002, she was editor of Global Wireless, also a Crain publication. Wendelken previously served as the editor of RadioResource International and the Public Safety Report within MissionCritical Communications from 1996 – 1999. Before that she covered the geographic information systems (GIS) market while working for GIS WORLD and Business Geographics magazines. She began her career as a reporter for the Junction City Daily Union newspaper in Kansas and holds a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Prof Zheng Zuhui, Chairman, TCCA China Society (TCCA-CS)

Before retirement from military, he engaged in the research and development of military radio communication technology. After his retirement in 1990’s, he acted as the executive vice-director and secretary-general of the Communication Society under the Chinese Institute of Electronics (CIE) and the secretary-general of the Trunking Communication Application and Development Forum (TCADF). Then he acted as the vice-director of the Communication Society under CIE and the chairman of the Professional Mobile Communication Expert Committee. Since 2013, he acts as the Chairman of TCCA-CS. For 6 decades, he has devoted himself in the research and development of radio communication technology as well as professional mobile communication. In 1980s, he started to work on the trunking communication. In the early 1990s, he engaged in the digital trunking communication technology. After 2010, he pays attention to the critical communication. He has compiled and published several books on mobile communication technologies with total over 6 million Chinese characters. Prof. Zheng received multiple awards in science and technology. Under his leadership, the China TCADF was awarded the outstanding contribution award by TETRA Wotld Congress (TCW) in 2010.