The PSCE Forum is structured upon these key pillars:
The General Assembly is the ruling body of the PSCE. All members of PSCE are entitled to attend its meetings which are held twice in year.
The General Assembly is in charge of making all relevant political and organisational decisions concerning the PSCE in accordance with the Statutes.
The PSCE Board is the managing and directing body of PSCE. The Board holds all management and administrative powers of PSCE.
Currently, the Board of PSCE Forum is composed of:
- President - Mr. Manfred Blaha (Ministry of Interior, Austria)
- Vice-President and Treasurer - Mr. Harold Linke (HITEC, Luxembourg)
- Relation and Communication Officer - Mr. David Lund (HWC, UK)
- Past President - Ms. Andrea Nowak (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology)
David Lund is Past President of Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) Forum. He also acts as Head of R&D for HW Communications (HWC), a small research focused SME in the UK.
David's experience in Public Safety Communications dates back to the late 1990's where involvement in research projects lead to the first demonstrations of medical telemetry and multimedia over the first implementations of circuit switched TETRA, where HWC won the most innovative application award at the 2001 TETRA World Congress. David was an active contributor to the TETRA standards as ETSI special task force expert on many occasions covering aspects of coding, modulation, RF extension down to VHF and definition of the Multimedia Exchange layer (MEX) layer.
In recent years his research has led to interest in the wider deployment aspects of mobile networks with a key focus towards solving problems across the layers of interoperability including associated requirements for security; including the major problem of moving beyond technological interoperability, through solving problems of informational interoperability, through to aligned operations, strategy and changing EU Legislation.
David is coordinator of project BROADMAP, a key activity aiming to define the requirements for future interoperable broadband applications, services, networks and devices for PPDR.
Manfred Blaha is a police officer in the Ministry of the Interior in Austria. Working in the ICT-Department, his function is “Technology Advisor for National Crisis and Disaster Prevention Management”. He is looking back to more than 30 years’ experience in Public Safety Communications representing Austria in European and International organisations and workgroups, like the Schengen Telecom workgroup, EU Police Cooperation Workgroup, EU Experts Group on Emergency Access, the EU eCall-Implementation Platform, Interpol, NATO, TETRA MoU (TCCA), APCO, EENA, GALILEO and the Public Safety Radio Group PSRG. He is involved in PSCE since its start, working in the User Committee and as Board Member, in the Spectrum WG and the Broadband WG.
Andrea Nowak studied Informatics and Mathematic and is Deputy Head of the Department Digital Safety & Security and Head of Business Unit Information Management of the Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH – AIT.
She is responsible for research and development activities in the research topics Crises and Disaster-Management , CT-Security and Data Science.
In Crisis and Disaster Management, interoperability of first responder organizations, especially with respect to their information sharing requirements, and community and volunteer management with focus on crowd tasking and management and social media Data classification represents the most important research and engineering challenges.
In the research topic ICT Security the development of methods and technologies beyond state of the art are focused on Risk management for cyber physical systems, Privacy & Security by Design, Cyber Attack Information Systems and Cyber Incident Information Sharing.
In the research for Data Science one of the major challenges faced by large-scale Data Science applications is the processing and analysis of large amounts of rapidly produced heterogeneous data. Andrea Nowak is further more an active member of various networks, like PSCE, EARTO-SRG and ENERO.
Harold Linke is Manager Research and Technology Projects at HITEC Luxembourg, a Luxembourgish SME focusing on high technology solutions covering satellite ground segment technology, engineering, consulting, software & ICT development and project management. Harold started his career after studying electronics in Munich at Siemens Germany as a software developer for communication systems. In his task as Manager Research and Technology Projects Harold is active in several EU and ESA projects focusing on public safety communication and traffic management. Harold is also chairman of the PSCE Industrial Committee and as chairman of the PSCE Broadband Working group the PSCE representative in the TCCA Critical Communication Broadband Working group.
PSCE has established three committees:
- Users Committee
The User Committee works to discuss and define user requirements, exchange best practices and ideas for common solutions. The other PSCE committees assist by providing information about available and emerging technologies. PSCE Users gain access to a broader European Public Safety Organisation’s view, collaboration with representatives of likeminded organisations and information about industrial solutions and developments as well as research initiatives.
Mr. Manfred Blaha (Ministry of Interior, Austria) chairs the user committee.
- Industrials Committee
The Industry Committee is in charge of maintaining a representation of existing and new technical solutions. PSCE Members benefit by having access to this up-to-date information, which is continuously monitored by the Users Committee for their own adoption and use, and for the Researchers, who find a baseline state-of-the-art upon which to build their research. Industry Committee benefit from the direct discussions with end-users and researchers creating new ideas for solutions that are needed by the users and make use of leading technology.
Mr. Harold Linke (HITEC Luxembourg) chairs the industry committee.
- Researchers Committee
The Researcher Committee is responsible for raising awareness on current and future research developments in the world of public safety communications. The information developed by the Researcher Committee is shared with all members. Taking into account discussions and documentation of user requirements to steer research programmes, and informing industry members of new possibilities to improve both process and technological aspects of industry product and service offerings.
Ms. Andrea Nowak (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology) chairs the Researchers Committee.
On a case-by-case basis, PSCE establishes working groups to address different issues important for public safety communications. Each working group fosters discussions by organising different events, conferences, networking sessions and interactive discussions between events.
Active Working Groups:
- Spectrum Harmonisation WG (chaired by Jeppe Jepsen, Motorolasolutions)
- Broadband WG (chaired by Harold Linke, HITEC Luxembourg)
- Satellite Communications WG (chaired by Phillipe Boutry, Alcatel-Lucent)
Mrs. Marie-Christine BONNAMOUR is PSCE’s Secretary General. Supported by the Secretariat she implements the decisions taken by the General Assembly and the Board and manages the day-to-day business of PSCE. The Secretariat is located in Brussels, Belgium.