rescEU to be approved by the Parliament and the Council

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have taken key steps towards political agreement on rescEU, the plan to strengthen EU civil protection response to disasters. Following the political agreement reached on December 12th, rescEU will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. The aim of rescEU is to ensure that sufficient resources are available to respond to disasters with wide-ranging impacts and simultaneously affecting several countries while the costs would be covered by EU financing. The political agreement focus both on strengthening Europe’s capacity of immediate response as well as stepping up prevention and preparedness.

New PSCE White Paper on 5G PPDR needs

True technical capabilities of 5G can only be assessed through an early dialogue between 5G developers and PPDR users. The former will test their technologies according to PPDR user needs, whereas the latter (both PPDR mobile operators and responders), will define user needs and feedback their opinions during a co-creation dialogue that will help shape 5G technological implementations and potential adaptations to standards.

The demand for 5G by the consumer market, will establish that technology as the underlying technical capability most likely to be used by Public safety responders. It is difficult to estimate when exactly this will be the case, but it is crucial that:

• Ministries of Interior and their agencies, responsible for PPDR communication services are aware of the true technical capabilities of 5G,
• Developers of 5G technology (and its enablers) understand the true functional and non-functional requirements of PPDR,
• The business case options are understood for PPDR adoption of 5G services,
• Legal frameworks, policy and regulation will support adoption for PPDR on 5G.

A report by GSMA forecasts that by 2025, 5G will account for 29% of mobile connections in Europe. Therefore, we can anticipate that the PPDR sector must be ready with full knowledge by then and prepared to adopt and evolve through 5G capabilities, if they are evaluated to be beneficial.

Many current press articles cite the early deployments of 5G signifying the race to be the best, first, in order to solidify vendor and operator market positions. This is not the primary concern. Our proposed project will facilitate this dialogue between developers of these new potential 5G capabilities and the key stakeholders in the PPDR mobile operator user community.

This paper considers new 5G capabilities in their intended and beneficial form. However, technical validation in real situations and PPDR end user evaluation are crucial to make informed decisions over the coming years.

The White Paper is available for download here.

PSCE and ARCIA signed Memorandum of Understanding on information sharing

Public Safety Communications – Europe (PSCE) and the Australian Radio and Communications Industry Association (ARCIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sharing of information regarding the development and use of wireless and associated communications technologies by Public Safety Agencies (or in the Public Safety sector).

The two organisations will have the ability to exchange information on common issues in the global wireless industry, with the underlying aim to share information that delivers products and services crucial to the safety and quality of life of people and communities.

PD CEN/TS 17091 standard to be officially launched today

The British Standardisation Institute is going to officially launch the PD CEN/TS 17091 European technical specification for crisis management on 11th of December at a dedicated event in London. This instrument consists of practice guidance on preparing for, anticipating, responding and recovering from crises and it’s aimed at organisations that implement crisis plans and structures and which maintain and assure procedures associated with Crisis Management capabilities.

As stated by Patricia Compard of the European Standardization Committee at the 12th meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe, Resillient Societies, CEN/TS 17091 is a relevant standard to decision makers in the fields of resilience, risk, business continuity, crisis and emergency management and it’s relevant to any kind or size of organisation.

Find out more about this event here.

Standardisation Governance featured prominently at the 12th Community of Users' meeting

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The topic of standardisation governance was one of the major protagonists at the 12th Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe, Resilient Societies, which was held in Brussels on 3-4 December.

Three panels were featured on the topic, dedicated to standardisation for security and crisis management, pre-normative research and foresight studies, and coordination needs.

Speakers addressed the needs and added value of standards when it comes to crisis management and resilience operations, with examples of how H2020 projects are including standardisation at a greater level. Feedback from stakeholders at all levels was also mentioned, with the greater importance of standardisation arising from consultations with practitioners, providers and experts.

Patricia Compard, chair of CEN TC 391 (Societal and Citizen Security), stressed how standards can achieve technical compatibility of material and interoperability of systems, as well as more cost-effective outcomes for end users and suppliers. Philippe Quevauviller of the European Commission pointed out that standards need to match the needs of practitioners and that events like the Community of Users are fundamental to understand the needs of the community.