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117th Annual IMSA Conference
35th Annual IMSA School
July 24-31, 2012
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Orlando, Florida


Deadline for submitting proposals .. extended to November 14, 2011

We’re looking for your best, most creative technical session proposals for IMSA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. We encourage you to submit your proposal regardless of session type or length. We’re looking for cutting edge topics, the latest trends in public safety technology.


Our conference attendees are looking for new and better ways to provide services. We are looking for sessions in several technical and operational areas. What are the cutting-edge issues affecting IMSA’s interest areas? Do you offer a new approach or a fresh idea? Want to share an original approach to improve a process? Do you have technology solutions for an old problem? Have you discovered a breakthrough solution or more efficient way to do things?


We asked our attendees and IMSA leaders to outline their areas of interest in 2012. The following are the general categories and suggested topics that we are seeking, but you are encouraged to propose other topics of your choice:



  • Asset Management as it Relates to Forecasting Future Budgets
  • Hazards / Risk Management
  • Effective Leadership / Team Building
  • Budgeting in Tough Economic Times
  • Effective Grant Writing
  • Relationships with Elected Officials
  • Future Funding Sources


  • Traffic Signal Monitoring Technologies
  • Signal Coordination, Pre-Emption, & Detection
  • Traffic Flow
  • ITS Protocols
  • Communication Networks
  • Use of GPS to Improve Timing
  • Problems Associated with External Timing Devices
  • Networking Information for Installation and Maintenance
  • Traffic Signal Inspections
  • Conversion to DC Cabinet
  • Retro-Fitting Signals & Controls for ADA / Visually Impaired
  • Advanced Troubleshooting Assistance / BIU's & SIU's;
  • Transit Priority Operations


  • Reflectivity
  • High Performance Markings
  • Minimum Retro-Reflectivity for Pavement Markings
  • The Different Types of Pavement Markings


  • Basic Computer Networking
  • Emergency and Mass Communication
  • Wireless Communications
  • Broadband Networks
  • Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7


  • Special Event ADA Awareness
  • Accommodating Aging Road Users
  • Human Factor Studies / Aging Drivers Visual Mobility
  • Personal Protection Equipment / Fall Protection
  • Arial Lift Safety
  • Relationship with OSHA / Work Zone Safety
  • OSHA Regulations Dealing with Clearances
  • General Electrical Safety
  • Personal Preotective Clothing and Equipment


  • Interior Fire Alarm Troubleshooting
  • Public Reporting Systems
  • Wireless Fire Alarm Systems
  • Inspections, Testing, Maintenance


  • Changes to the 60 Hz Power Grid and the Effect on Public Safety Systems
  • National Electrical Code
  • Comparison of NEC / NESC Requirements


  • The Future of Roadway Lighting Technologies
  • Specifications for Converting Roadway Lighting Systems


Submitting Your Proposal

All technical session proposals for 2012 must be submitted electronically using our on-line submission form. You will find the link to the form at the end of this announcement. We suggest that you develop your submission proposal in Word to save your work, and then copy and paste the information into the online form. The online form does not have spell check so editing your information in advance and then copying and pasting will ensure greater accuracy.

If your session is selected for presentation you will be asked to provide the following:

  • A Handout outlining the subject matter from your session including session information that attendees will be able to take back home and use in their organizations. IMSA will duplicate your handouts and bring them to your session for you. Information on how to submit your handout information will be provided in your session confirmation letter.
  • An Engaging Session in which you interact with the audience to create a “networking” session rather than a lecture.
  • A Clear Message. Be sure that your session title and description matches the message you will be delivering.
  • A true Technical Session on the subject matter you proposed. PLEASE NOTE: Sales pitches and product specific presentations are not allowed.
  • Adherence to Deadlines set by IMSA. It is important for you to respond in a timely manner to all correspondence regarding your session. The items requested from you will assist the IMSA conference staff in preparing for your session.

Dates for Presentations

You must indicate on the on-line submittal form the dates that you are available to present your proposed technical session. Technical sessions will be scheduled on the following dates:


Saturday July 28, 2012
Sunday July 29, 2012
Monday July 30, 2012
Tuesday July 31, 2012

Selection Process

Submit your session ideas by Friday, October 28, 2011. Each submission will be reviewed by a team of volunteers and staff. You will be notified in January 2012 of the status of your submission.

Upon acceptance of your proposal by IMSA you will receive a written confirmation containing the date/time of your presentation and complete information for speakers. You will be asked to provide a short biography to be used in your introduction.

IMSA may modify the session title and description to fit into our marketing style and format for the purpose of the conference brochure, website and onsite program.

What to Expect at the Conference

Each classroom will be set with a podium, a microphone, LCD projector and a screen. Classrooms will be set up one hour prior to each technical session, however in some cases previous sessions may be ending as you are beginning. If you are utilizing a PowerPoint presentation, you must provide your own laptop. If you will require additional audio visual equipment you must coordinate your request with IMSA well in advance of your presentation.

Please keep the time of your sessions in mind when developing your presentation and allow ample time (approximately 10–15 minutes) for questions and answers. Once your session has concluded, please be respectful of the next presenter and quickly exit the classroom. If you’d like to continue conversations with attendees, please do so outside the classroom.

Registration and Badge Credentials

All confirmed speakers will be registered for the conference by IMSA staff. Your presenter registration will allow access to the IMSA exhibit hall and all technical sessions. It WILL NOT allow access to conference events that require a ticket.

Once your session has been confirmed you should book your hotel on-line by visiting the IMSA Web site at and clicking on the 2012 Annual Conference & School link. IMSA does not reimburse hotel or travel expenses for technical session presenters.

Submit Your Session Proposal Online


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