BroadWay Request for Tender Deadline Extended

BroadWay has received an incredible level of interest: more than 140 registrations and downloads of our Request for Tender. More than 80 attended both of our online and briefing/partnering events, representing more than 60 innovative organisations. More than 55 questions have been raised which further demonstrates the level of interest, but also represents the difficulty of understanding the Pre Commercial Procurement (PCP) instrument.

New PSCE White Paper on IoT for Public Safety

The Internet of Things (IoT) for Public safety PSCE white paper describes use cases for IoT in Public Safety. The scope of the white paper is to describe a selection of use cases that demonstrate the potential of IoT using different technologies: licenced and non-licensed as well as standardised and proprietary.The objective of the white paper is to show how IoT can be used to aid the practitioners in public protection and disaster response in saving human life and help local communities tackle emergencies and dangerous situations, by deploying sensors or devices to monitor the environment (e.g. air pollution, river water level detection, fire, gas detection), or in controlling devices such remotely accessing door locks, etc. The use cases are the result of questionnaires and discussions with practitioners in different fora like the PSCE conference or the PSRG workshops.

Download the White Paper here.

rescEU officially into force, reinforcing emergency support to Member States

On March 21, the European Commission's proposal to strengthen the EU's collective response to natural disasters – rescEU - has entered into force.

Legislation Adopted

According to the Decision, already published in the Journal of the European Union, “there is a need for on-going cooperation at local, regional and cross-border level with a view to establishing common alert systems for rapid intervention prior to the mobilisation of rescEU as well as regular public information campaigns on initial response measures.” The legal text also states that “in order to ensure a response that is both coordinated and rapid, decisions on deployment and demobilisation, and any decision in the event of conflicting requests, should be taken by the Commission in close coordination with the requesting Member State and the Member State owning, renting or leasing the rescEU capacities in question. The Commission and the Member State owning, renting or leasing the rescEU capacities should conclude operational contracts specifying the terms and conditions of deploying rescEU capacities.”

Overall, rescEU will include in particular aerial means to combat forest fires, as well as resources to respond to medical emergencies and to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents. The decision will also strengthen the existing voluntary pool of national capacities. To ensure that Europe is prepared for this year's forest fire season the new legislation will include a transition phase during which Participating States can get funding in exchange of putting their firefighting means at the disposal of the EU.

Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network

The decision includes a number of new provisions that will help Member States boost existing capacities and contribute more to the European Civil Protection Pool such as: co-financing 75% to upgrade their national capacities, co-financing the costs incurred for the deployment of assets, and the implementation of the European Union Civil Protection Network. The Commission will work with Member States to ensure that investments undertaken with Structural Funds are "disaster proof". This means that they will have to take into account the risk assessments that Member States provide.

Following the official adoption of rescEU, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: "With rescEU, we have put words into action. We have delivered a practical tool for citizens that can save thousands of lives in the future. rescEU means having a much stronger, pan-European civil protection system. I am very grateful to our Member States in the Council of the EU and the European Parliament for their overwhelming support over the last months. With the next forest fire season just a few months away, our EU Emergency Centre is working around the clock with Member States to make rescEU operational."