Three New Consultations Launched on Spectrum-Related Topics

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) of the European Commission has launched three new public consultations on various topics related to the harmonisation of spectrum and the EU policy on spectrum. Submissions to all three consultations are welcome until 21st December 2015.

The first consultation concerns the report prepared by the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, which focuses on examining the issue of efficient awards and efficient use of spectrum bands harmonised for Electronic Communications Services. The report aims to highlight the best practices on spectrum award approaches with a view to promoting efficient use of spectrum. Auctions, in particular, are highlighted as an important tool in ensuring efficient use of spectrum. The full text of the report under consultation can be accessed here.

The second consultation is on the Draft RSPG Opinion on the implementation of the current Radio Spectrum Policy Programme and its revision for the next period. The Policy Programme focuses on strategic policy issues related to harmonisation of the use of spectrum to ensure the functioning of the internal market in the European Union policy areas involving the use of spectrum, and sets out the objectives for the strategic planning and harmonisation of the use of spectrum. The full text of the draft opinion is available here.

Last but not least, a consultation has also been launched on the updated RSPG Work Programme for 2016 and beyond. According to the new work programme, in the next few years the RSPG will focus its activities on the Digital Single Market, in particular as regards the Telecoms Regulatory Framework issues, 5G technologies and spectrum related aspects, the Internet of Things, WRC-19 preparation, and assisting in bilateral negotiations between EU countries. The reasons behind why these topics were chosen are explained in the updated work programme, available here.

PSCE Talks about PPDR and BROADMAP at 5GIC & WTIC Workshop in Oxford

On 26th October, PSCE participated at the 5GIC & WTIC workshop in Oxford, where PSCE President David Lund gave a presentation entitled “(B)Roadmap to BROADNET – Does 5G have a place?” He spoke briefly about the future of PPDR communications and introduced the new BROADMAP proposal, and extended a kind invitation to the PSCE Conference in December to all workshop participants.

The proposed BROADMAP project, which was submitted to the European Commission on 26th August 2015, paints a picture of what PPDR communications could become in the not too distant future. BROADMAP intends to take the first steps towards future co-funded procurement necessary to enable ‘interoperable Next Generation of broadband radio communication systems for public safety and security’. It will serve to enhance interoperability across borders and improve PPDR service to European citizens.

The next PSCE Conference has been scheduled to take place on 9th and 10th December 2015 in Oxford. This is the second of two annual conferences hosted by PSCE. The Conference themes this time will include 4G technologies for PPDR, the transition from 4G to 5G, the benefits of 5G for public safety, as well as the results of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC’15) and the use of social media in emergency management.

COncORDE Newsletter #1

In line with the world-wide research initiatives on Patient Safety and in line with the priority of the Security Call for research to contribute to Prevention, Prediction and Containment of Damage in health crisis situations, the COncORDE project focuses on patient safety, which in the context of emergency management means to reduce the Emergency response associated injuries/potential for damage.

COncORDE’s specific contribution to disaster research is to introduce a new point of view, which shifts the paradigm of researching how to handle uncertainty - to a paradigm of user-driven research of how to increase certainty in the first instance. As a Clinical Innovation project it focuses on improving coordination of patient-centered emergency response by addressing the controllable risks to patient safety. With this the project brings the clinically validated Patient-centered approach into disaster research, which will help extract the simplicity hidden in apparently complex environments and enable generalisability across the globe.

The COncORDE consortium is pleased to send you the first edition of the COncORDE Newsletter which is presenting the main achievements and findings of the project.

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PSCE Conference in Oxford: Collaborative sessions

PSCE Conference & H2020 Brokerage event will be held already next week on 8-9-10 December 2015 in Oxford, UK.

Essential components of PSCE events are also its Collaborative sessions where end users, researchers and industries come together and exchange their views on given topics. The upcoming conference will feature the following two collaborative sessions.

Collaborative session: What’s in the Public Safety App Store - Feedback from last time.

In our two previous conferences held in Graz and Paris, we held collaborative sessions which allowed participants to meet some more people, and discuss the prospect of ‘What’s in the Public Safety App Store?’ We will present the outcome of these sessions, which will also be released as a short white paper, shortly after the conference. We will also discuss next steps to actively take forward the ‘apps’ consideration within the next year.

Collaborative session - What does public safety need from next generation of 4G and 5G?

On 10 December 2015,  we will be collaboratively discussing a number of further aspects with regard to the next generation of mobile broadband for PPDR. In this session on Thursday morning, we will break into small groups to discuss some burning questions surrounding the presentation sessions on the first day, the prospect of next generation broadband and beyond. We hope to obtain different views across our mix of end users, industry and research members with the aim to learn from each other’s experiences, and to begin to discuss solutions to some of the problems we may anticipate.

There have been many studies carried out to justify the need for broadband, the need for spectrum and the need for new services and devices. Individual experts’ opinions will be sought on some pinpoint aspects, including the following questions:

  • What would your 4G device look like?
  • What happens when the technology doesn’t work and lets you down?
  • What would you anticipate would cause the new broadband technology to fail?
  • Do you have any concerns surrounding the increased volume of information?
  • How often will we need to use this technology in a cross border situation and in our daily business?
  • What challenges do you expect with regard to interoperability?
  • Following the prospect of 5G, do you think the PPDR community should play an active role in driving the 5G agenda?
  • Are there any other burning areas or topics that PSCE should help you to learn about, or develop a consolidated view on, in the coming year?

The participants will split into groups, briefly debate, and report back in plenary. PSCE will prepare a white paper to summarise the discussion, and intend to feed back, and follow any topics in the next conference.

The complete information about the conference is available here:

Final report from the PSCE Conference in Oxford now available

Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) Forum held its 2nd conference of 2015 on 9-10 December, hosted by Cyber Security Oxford at The University of Oxford. In parallel, PSCE also organised a Horizon2020 brokerage event on Dec. 8th.

More than 80 delegates attended across the 3 days, representing public safety stakeholders consisting of public safety communication end users, ministries, network operators, technology developers and research organisations. Participants from 51 organisations travelled from 16 European countries to debate the future of public safety communications. The conference report is available here.

The article about the conference was also published in the Radio Source Magazine:

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