New PSCE Website Officially Launched

Throughout the past months, PSCE has been busily working on a new website, which would be more modern, up-to-date and user-friendly. As you will see when exploring the new website, the differences between the old PSCE website and the new are quite great. Not only is the new version sleeker and easier to orientate, it also introduces several new features, which we hope our visitors will enjoy.

First and foremost, PSCE has developed an electronic library, which includes PSCE White Papers, Newsletter Headlines, and Policy papers. Several other types of information, including conference materials, full-length newsletters, PSCE General Assembly documents, and PSCE reference documents, will be available under the website restricted area, accessible only to PSCE members. A large amount of documents are already available in the Library, and it will continue to be populated. The powerful search function of the Library will help visitors find the needed information quickly.

The PSCE website has now also been synced with the PSCE Twitter and Facebook profiles, to enable higher interaction. If you do not already follow us on social media, we urge you to do so. We can be found on Twitter @psc_e and our Facebook profile is accessible here.

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PSCE Congratulates SALUS Project Consortium on Receiving ICCA Award


PSCE is pleased to announce that the SALUS (Security and interoperability in next generation PPDR communication infrastructures) project has received the prestigious International Critical Communications Award (ICCA) in the category “Best Evolution to Future Broadband”. In its category, SALUS was up against Huawei, Finmeccanica, Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH, and Panorama Antennas. The awards were presented in an official ceremony held at the end of February 2016.

The ICCA awards are only given to entries that demonstrate excellence in critical communications. In order to win in the category “Best Evolution to Future Broadband”, a product, application or solution must demonstrate industry-leading innovation as well as engineering ingenuity in the integration of future broadband capabilities. They must also reliably meet the broadband data needs of critical communications users.

The ICCA is awarded by a panel of judges, all experts in the field of critical communications. In making their decision, the judges in particular praised SALUS for the significant impact it will have on the evolution of future technology specifications and the work it has done to quantify user demands and priorities.

PSCE is a key partner in the SALUS project. The goal of SALUS is to design, implement and evaluate a next-generation communication network concept for PPDR agencies.

More information about the SALUS project is available here.

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Three PSCE White Papers Already Published and Available in PSCE Website Library

PSCE White Papers aim to present complex public safety communication issues in a concise way. The White Papers take the form of short reports, usually not longer than one page, and can be useful in understanding a common issue, solving a problem, as well as making a decision. The PSCE White Papers can be found in the Library section of the PSCE website.

So far, three White Papers have been published. The most recent one presents the SALUS project ( Enterprise Architecture (EA) and reflects on the Use Case scenarios related to City Security, Temporary Protection, and Disaster Recovery. The SALUS project aims to improve future PPDR networks through the use of the EA concept, which has already been used in several complex domains, including defence.

The second PSCE White Paper, published in late January 2016, explained the nuances of ultra-broadband PMR and LTE technologies. It claims that, although LTE demands a complex technical, operational, and business evolution, it is able to support mission-critical operations securely and cost-effectively. Moreover, a variety of proven roadmaps exist to help ensure a smooth migration to LTE that leverages existing infrastructure and investments and adapts to local constraints.

The very first PSCE White Paper presented the results of the EU-funded project CRISMA, which aimed to improve crisis management capabilities by providing better possibilities for crisis modelling. CRISMA in particular observed crisis scenarios, which typically have multiple effects on society and require the integration of expertise from multiple sectors.

PSCE Members are welcome to suggest topics that they would like PSCE to work on and develop White Papers on. Members will be regularly invited to present their work in the PSCE White Papers.

New 5G PPP White Paper presented at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The Mobile World Congress 2016 took place from 22nd to 25th February 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The Mobile Word Congress is the largest mobile event industry in the world. Attended by over 100,000 attendees, the event aims to bring together stakeholders to present and discuss the latest developments in mobile technologies.

During the 2016 edition, the new 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) presented its White Paper entitled “5G Empowering Vertical Industries”. The 5G PPP is a joint effort between the European Commission, the industry and the research community. The White Paper claims that the success of 5G will be the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution, especially as regards the automotive, transport, health, energy, and media sectors.

According to the White Paper, 5G technologies will need to accommodate a wide range of use cases with advanced requirements, especially in terms of latency, resilience, coverage, and bandwidth. 5G will integrate different enabling technologies, including mobile, fixed, satellite and optical. This will, in turn, help create stronger relationships between vendors, operators and verticals. Moreover, 5G will contribute to creating new business value propositions. Last but not least, the White Paper also includes several use cases from vertical sectors and claims that deploying 5G for vertical markets in Europe by 2020 should be seen as a priority.

The Press Release from 5G PPP is available here.

The 5G PPP White Paper is available here.

More information about the Mobile World Congress is available here.

European Union Sets up European Medical Corps

Recent years and in particular the Ebola outbreak have shown the importance of being able to respond and mobilise medical personnel rapidly. In order to increase the EU’s capacity to respond adequately to major health emergencies inside and outside the EU, the European Union has established the European Medical Corps (EMC). The EMC will include emergency medical teams, public health teams, mobile biosafety laboratories, medical evacuation capacities, public health and medical assessment and coordination experts, as well as technical assessment and support teams and logistics support for medical operations. The success of the EMC will require a more in-depth cross-sectoral cooperation between civil protection, health, humanitarian aid, development, and research actors at EU, national and regional level.

The European Medical Corps, part of the European Emergency Response Capacity under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, was officially unveiled at a high-level event at the European Commission on 15th February 2016. Participation to the event was by invitation only, but included the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, as well as representatives from EU Member State emergency management authorities, the World Health Organisation, the European Commission, and the European Parliament.


Press release from the European Commission is available here.