Ericsson and Everbridge join PSCE!

We are happy to announce that Ericsson and Everbridge have joined PSCE and have become part of our public safety community!

Ericsson and Everbridge will bring a lot of insights and expertise to feed into our debates and activities. We look forward to start working together and contribute to the development of critical mobile communications and to ensure that the public safety sector is up to any potential incident and challenge.

Council and Parliament agree on strengthening EU Civil Protection Mechanism

The Council presidency and European Parliament representatives reached a provisional agreement on a proposal to strengthen the EU civil protection mechanism, on 8 February.

The proposed new rules will allow the EU and the member states to be better prepared for natural and man made disasters and to respond faster when they strike, including in cases which affect a majority of member states simultaneously. The text also sets out the funding of the civil protection mechanism in the context of the multiannual financial framework 2021-2027.

“The EU civil protection mechanism is an essential tool of EU solidarity. It has provided vital support for member states facing devastating fires, earthquakes and other disasters. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the challenges faced when many member states are in need of support simultaneously. The new rules will allow us to be even better prepared for similar situations in the future,” said Eduardo Cabrita, Portuguese Minister of Home Affairs.

In order to deploy crisis relief more swiftly, the Commission will be able to directly acquire, under specific conditions, the necessary resources under rescEU. 1.263 billion EUR will be allocated to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) under the 2021-2027 financing period, supplemented by 2.056 billion EUR from the EU Recovery Instrument, an overall budget that is roughly five times larger than the one available during the previous seven years. Parliament ensured that enough financial resources are allocated to the three pillars (prevention, preparedness and response to disasters) of the mechanism, ring-fencing prevention spending.

Workshop: People with Disabilities in Search & Rescue Operations

The Search & Rescue project is conveying a Workshop on “People with Disabilities in Search & Recue Operations” to take place online (Webex) on 30 March 2021 from 9h50 until 12H00 CET.

High level expert from relevant international organisations (IFRC, European Disability Forum) will provide an overview of existing disability-inclusive developments and initiatives in humanitarian and search and rescue operations. This will be complemented by a view from on-the-ground practitioners (Firefighter Corps) who will share their experience as well as guidelines on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.

More details on the workshop and registration on this page.

Commission requests ENISA to develop a 5G certification scheme

The European Commission has tasked the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, ENISA, to prepare the EU's cybersecurity certification scheme for 5G networks that will help address risks related to technical vulnerabilities of the networks and further enhance their cybersecurity.

Certification plays a critical role in increasing trust and security in digital products and services – however, at the moment, there are various security certification schemes for IT products, including 5G networks, in Europe.

The Commission recognises the importance of having a single common scheme for certification that would make easier for businesses to trade across borders and for customers to understand the security features of a given product or service.

“Security is at the core of 5G technology roll-out. EU-wide certification, in combination with other types of measures in the EU 5G Toolbox, supports our efforts to optimise 5G security and patch technical vulnerabilities. This is why it is important that Member States make further progress in implementing the Toolbox”, said the Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton.

BroadGNSS presented during PSCE Conference

On the second day of the PSCE bi-annual conference that took place on 19 and 20th January 2021, Dr David Lund, President of PSCE and Project Coordinator of the BroadWay and BroadGNSS projects, gave a presentation on the recently launched BroadGNSS pre-commerical procurement (PCP) project.  

“We will soon launch public procurement procedures to procure solutions that can improve timing, synchronisation and positioning to support new capabilities mobile communication for public preparedness and disaster response (PPDR),” said David Lund, PSCE’s president.  

The BroadGNSS PCP, which launched on the 1 December 2020, involves the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (European GNSS Agency – GSA) as the granting authority and a consortium of 3 public sector bodies (the buyers’ group) responsible for public protection and disaster relief: 

  • French Ministere de l’Interieur (also lead procurer), 
  • Estonian Riigi Infokommunikatsiooni Sihtasutus (State Infocommunication Foundation) 
  • Finnish Erillisverkot (State Security Networks Group) 

Among the aims of the BroadGNSS PCP as outlined by Mr Lund, include the procurement of application systems that will enable: 

  • a European / Galileo based solution, 
  • time-synchronisation in the future public safety organisation’s mission-critical wireless broadband networks, 
  • secure and highly accurate time synchronisation of public safety organisation’s used mission-critical “Internet-of-Public-Safety-Things” (IoPST / IoT). 

Dr Lund explained that the PCP is a competitive process, governed by EU rules and legislation, designed to compare different approaches on a phased basis –eventually leading to the selection of the vendors that best address this challenge.   

In the short-term, the BroadGNSS consortium will carry out a requirements validation to help the buyer’s group define the common challenge, which will entail considering the opinion of public authorities across Europe. An Open Market Consultation (OMC) is also planned, which will be the first dialogue between potential vendors and the buyer’s group. 

A link to the presentation “Improving mission critical services with GNSS applications” can be found here: 

 (minute 34:06). 

A link to the BroadGNSS PCP website can be found here

If you would like to find out more about the PSCE conference, further information, including the presentations from 25 speakers over the two-day conference can be found here

Stay tuned for for the upcoming publication of the Prior Information Notice.