Tulsa, Ok. – Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Day One of the 2019 Public Safety Drone Conference kicked off at the Osage Hotel & Casino located at West 36th Street. Three Osage Nation (ON) employees were Event Planning Committee Members: Director of Information Technologies, Robert Mark Kirk; Web Engineer, Paul Tutty; and Osage Nation Police Officer Mason Goode. The event lasted three days and was sponsored by Oklahoma Business Roundtable, ArdentMC, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Cluster Initiative.
The Osage Nation and Tulsa Community College (TCC) were the primary organizers of the event. Other agencies that participated in the event included: Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, City of Tulsa Fire Department, Broken Arrow Police Department, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, and City of Claremore Police Department.
The Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear was present at the Skyline Event Center and started Day Two of the conference with a welcome and introductory speech on behalf of the Osage Nation. Other guest speakers included: Aaron Crawford of Insider Security Agency; Michael O’Shea, a Program Manager for the FAA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integration Office’s Safety & Integration Division; Jackie Smithson, a Crime Scene Investigator for the Broken Arrow Police Department; Timothy Martin, a Police Captain and UAS Program Manager for Huntington Beach Police Department; Mike Sheldon, of the FAA's System Operations Support Center; Jared Sharp, an Investigator for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol assigned to the Traffic Homicide Unit; Chad Sperry, Director of the WIU GIS Center; Jason Ritter and Don Strength, of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security; Matt Varney, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN); Brian Meier, a drone and aviation industry expert and entrepeneur; and, Dave Lee of FLIR/Infrared Training Center.
Vendors that were present at the conference included AgileMesh, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, TruckVault, Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems, Jarvis international intelligence, XWorks, and Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.
For more information about the Osage Nation, please visit: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/