PSCE contributes to two newly published CWA standards

Two Cen Workshop Agreement (CWA) to which PSCE has actively contributed, have been officially published. 

 On the one hand, the CWA Systematic assessment of innovative solutions for crisis management - Trial guidance methodology, based on the results of the DRIVER+ project, defines a methodology that enables a systematic assessment of one or more sociotechnical solutions (hardware, software, training, procedure, or a mix of those) within a realistic crisis management scenario. The target group of the CWA are crisis management practitioners concerned with innovation or procurement, public authorities concerned with procurement (or writing tenders), as well as research and development departments in industry and research.

On the other hand, was published the CWA Crisis and disaster management – Semantic and syntactic interoperability,  based
on the results of the DRIVER+ and EPISECC projects, defines requirements on how to achieve organizational and cross border interoperability on semantic and syntactic level for crisis and disaster management.

More information about PSCE involvement in standardisation is available on this page.

BEREC publishes guidelines on the effectiveness of Public Warning Systems

On June 12, BEREC published guidelines about the effectiveness of public warning systems transmitted by different means. These Guidelines are provided by BEREC in response to the task set in Article 110(2) of the Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11th December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code, to assist member states in assessing whether the effectiveness of alternative Public Warning Systems using means of electronic communications services as described in Article 110(2) is equivalent to the effectiveness of ECS-PWS falling under Article 110(1).

You may download the guidelines here.

Success of the second PSCE Webinar on Digital Ethics in the COVID-19 Era

The webinar Crisis Management, Surveillance, and Digital Ethics in the COVID-19 Era succesfuly took place on 23 June 2020. The Webinar offered an overview of the latest academic research in the domain of surveillance and digital ethics, and its implications in the current COVID-19 context. The webinar included contributions from the Free University of Amsterdam, Lancaster University, The Imperial College London and ETH Zurich. A total of 150 participants from various backgrounds registered to the Webinar.

The presentations as well as the recording of the webinar are available on this page.

 

Managing COVID 19: What were the challenges encountered by European PPDR organisations? (PSCE Webinar)

There is no doubt that the spread of COVID-19 constituted a great challenge for PPDR organisations and first responders across Europe. From public alerting  and emergency call centers (112) to logistics and ground operations, this unprecedented crisis required PPDR organisations to quickly adapt in order to safeguard the lives of European citizens. This PSCE Webinar will offer three perspectives (Belgium, Spain and Germany) regarding the challenges encountered by European PPDR organisations in managing the pandemic. The Webinar will take place on 30 June at 11am CEST (Duration 1 hour)

11.00 Introduction by PSCE (Marie-Christine Bonnamour)

11.05 How Public Warning Systems can support crisis communication: The use case of BE-Alert in the COVID-19 communication (Koen De Budt,  Crisis Center Belgium)

11.20 How to manage information overload in emergency centres: the perspective of Madrid 112 (Fernando Conde, 112 Madrid Center)

11.35 Logistics and other Challenges – Experiences made by THW during the COVID-19 Situation (Theo Lingens, THW Germany)

11.50 Q&A

The WEBINAR is free of charge and will take place on WEBEX. You will be provided with the link once you register. If you encounter issues registering via googleforms, you may register by contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps agreed by Member States

Member States, with the support of the European Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture. This concerns the vast majority of tracing apps that were already – or are about to be – launched in the EU. Once the technical solution is deployed, such national apps will work seamlessly when users travel to another EU country which also follows the decentralised approach. This means an important additional step towards interoperability of mobile apps for tracing coronavirus infections, as Member States begin to lift travel restrictions across borders in time for summer vacation.

Most Member States have decided to launch mobile apps to complement manual contact tracing of the spread of coronavirus. The great majority of national approved apps are based on a decentralised architecture, which means that the arbitrary identifiers of users that were detected for a certain duration in proximity remain on the phone itself, and will be checked by the phone against the identifiers of users reported to be infected. The technical specification for interoperability will allow these checks to be done also for users travelling from other Member States, without the need to download several national apps.

The proximity information shared between apps will be exchanged in an encrypted way that prevents the identification of an individual person, in line with the strict EU guidelines on data protection for apps; no geolocation data will be used. To support further streamlining of the system, the Commission will set up a gateway service,an interface to efficiently receive and pass on relevant information from national contact tracing apps and servers. This will minimise the amount of data exchanged and thus reduce users' data consumption.

The technical specifications agreed today build on the Interoperability guidelines agreed in May, setting the general principles.

Next steps

Member States will already be able to update apps to permit information exchange between national, decentralised apps as soon as they are technically ready. The Commission continues to support the work of Member States on extending interoperability also to centralised tracing apps.

On 7 May 2020, PSCE held a webinar entitled“Phasing out of the confinement measures – How can IT tools help make the transition?”, in which topics related to mobile applications and social tracing were discussed. If you did not have the opportunity of watching it live, you can do it through this link.