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 - David Lund (Coordinator BroadWay, UK)
- Vice-President and Treasurer - Monika Büscher (Lancaster University, UK )
- Past President - Harold Linke (HITEC, Luxembourg)
- Relation and Communication Officer - Uwe Kippnich (Bavarian Red Cross, Germany)
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.
David is board member of PSCE and coordinator of project BroadWay, BroadWay is a key activity that will jointly procure pre-commercial solutions to enable mobile broadband for public safety practitioners, providing them with operational mobility; allowing the ability to carry out their important life saving and crime fighting roles, whenever they are in Europe, and whenever they need to. 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. 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.
Monika Büscher is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. She is Director for Research and Director of the acclaimed Centre for Mobilities Research and leads projects on the datafication of risk governance: isITethical? (2017-18), SecInCoRe (2014-17), BRIDGE (2011-15). She has initiated the www.isITethical.eu platform, which develops guidance for digital ethics and responsible innovation in disaster risk management in collaboration with the Public Safety Communications Europe Network and a growing international community of practitioners, developers and researchers. She is a member of the CEN/CENELEC CWA on Terminologies in Crisis and Disaster Management.
Uwe Kippnich is a member of the Bavarian Red Cross for more than 35 years. He is holding different leadership positions. Since 2010 he is coordinating national and international security research projects for the German and the Bavarian Red Cross. (e.g. INSPIRE, K-3, CRISMA, COBACORE and many more). He is head of operations, leader of the medical task force 47 and high-level trained coordinator for the EU civil protection mechanism. Currently he is leading the Practitioner Evaluation Team for EU Project BROADWAY. Uwe Kippnich is also author and co-author of many publications on PPDR, emergency rescue services and operational tactics.
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. Uwe Kippnich (German Red Cross) 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. Monika Büscher (University of Lancaster) 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)
- IoT-Narrowband WG (chaired by Paul Voskar, HUAWEI)
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.