RCR Wireless News writes about BroadWay and the future of Public Safety Communications

RCR Wireless News Magaazine has published an in-depth editorial which explores the latest trends and developments in how European Union countries and the United Kingdom are meeting the challenges of critical communications, from implementing cross-border networks to the use of IoT and the status of the BroadWay Project/

The full article is available here (prior registration is needed) http://content.rcrwireless.com/public_safety_uk_eu_webinar

A shorter article focused on BroadWay and based on an interview of BroadWay Coordinator Dr David Lund has also been published. It gives a broad picture of the development of a Pan-European Broadband Network for Public Safety, from the beginning of BroadMap to the current development and challenges of BroadWay.

The article is available in full here.

PSCE becomes ETSI’s member

PSCE is pleased to inform that its September application for ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) membership was accepted. In order to follow a more certified procedure, ETSI will soon send a welcome letter confirming PSCE membership.

As first steps, ETSI invited PSCE to its 74th General Assembly meeting at ETSI Headquarters in Valbonne, France.

ETSI produce globally applicable standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services deployed across all sectors of industry and society.

As PSCE ensures the continual improvement and evolution of public safety information and communication systems for the safety and security of our citizens, ETSI will certainly be a valuable partner.

EU Cybersecurity Act finally into force

On June 27, the EU Cybersecurity Act has finally entered into force. This legislative measure will revamp and strengthens the EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). With the entry into force of the Cybersecurity Act, a new course is starting for ENISA, which will enjoy a permanent mandate, increased responsibilities and resources. First example of its kind, the European cybersecurity certification framework establishes the governance and rules for EU-wide certification of ICT products, processes and services.

The Commission will prepare the “Union rolling work programme for European Cybersecurity Certification”, which will identify strategic priorities for certification and in particular include a list of ICT products, services and processes or categories thereof that may benefit from being included in the scope of a European Cybersecurity Certification Scheme.

The Cybersecurity Act introduces for the first time EU-wide rules for cybersecurity certification. Companies in the EU will benefit from having to certify their products, processes and services only once and see their certificates recognised across the Union.
Under the framework, multiple schemes will be created for different categories of ICT products, processes and services. Each scheme will specify, among the others, the type or categories of ICT products, services and processes covered, the purpose, the security standards that shall be met and the evaluation methods.

Drone regulation adopted in Europe

On 11 June 2019, common European rules on drones - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 - have been published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will amongst others help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of drones and a level playing field within the European Union.

The rules will apply to all operators of drones – both professionals and those flying drones for leisure. Following the technical requirements for drones this is another key deliverable under the Commission's Aviation Strategy for Europe whose core objectives are to maintain the highest level of safety and to support the competitiveness of the EU's aviation industry.

“Europe will be the first region in the world to have a comprehensive set of rules ensuring safe, secure and sustainable operations of drones both, for commercial and leisure activities. Common rules will help foster investment, innovation and growth in this promising sector” said Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said that “the EU will now have the most advanced rules worldwide. This will pave the way for safe, secure and green drone flights. It also provides the much needed clarity for the business sector and for drone innovators Europe-wide."

These rules, which will replace existing national rules in EU Member States, not only address safety but also contain important building blocks to mitigate drone related security risks. Through operators' registration, remote identification and definition of geographical zones, all national authorities will have means to prevent misuse or unlawful drone activities. As of 2020 drone operators will have to be registered with national authorities.