State of the union 2020

On September 16th 2020, European Commission Ursula Von Leyen presented the commission’s vision for the future. Under the “NextGenerationEU” program, she emphasised the necessity from Europe to become increasingly green, digital and resilient.  The discourse insisted on the complexity of the current situation caused by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which Ms Van Der Leyen states “is not over. And the recovery is still in its early stage.” 

Amongst the initial points raised, it is stated that the EU needs to strengthen its crisis preparedness and management of cross-border health threats. Security was high on the agenda and protecting the lives and livelihoods of European citizens is perceived as a key priority.

Furthermore, Ms Von Der Leyen insisted on the necessity to shift to a greener Europe. Concretely, this means that 37% of the overall 750 Billion€ NextGenerationEU budget would be allocated to reaching Green Deal objectives. By 2030 the EU pledges to reduce its emissions by 55% and become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

In addition, was emphasised the need for a common plan for digital Europe with clearly defined goals for 2030, such as for connectivity, skills and digital public services. These developements should be based on clear principles: the right to privacy and connectivity, freedom of speech, free flow of data and cybersecurity.

The discourse also mentioned the establishment of common data spaces - for example, in the energy or healthcare sectors. This will support innovation ecosystems in which universities, companies and researchers can access and collaborate on data. This will take form as a European Data cloud which will be created.

Finally, the discourse emphasised the importance of investing in new technologies, namely Artificial Intelligence. It was noted that this progress should be based on clear regulations regarding how AI data is collected, processed and stored.

 The full "State of the Union 2020" document is available here.

Webinar: "Empowering Vertical Industries through 5G Networks – The 5G PPP experience"

On September the 9th, from 11:00 – 11:30 CET, the 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) and the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA) will co-organize a webinar to present the key findings of the latest White Paper on “Empowering Vertical Industries through 5G Networks – Current Status and Future Trends”. The webinar will feature Mr. Bernard Barani, Deputy Head of Unit at DG CONNECT, European Commission, as well as different voices within the telecommunications industry - NOKIA, Telecom Italia, Telenor. PSCE is pleased to have contributed to the White Paper, under “Indicative Use Cases for the Vertical Sectors” with regards to Public Safety.

Within the 2025-30 timeframe, European countries will begin to deploy mission critical mobile broadband technology, allowing for greater capacity for information exchange, improved situational awareness and especially enabling improved cross border collaboration. Approximately 3.5 million first responders in Europe will be presented with new secure and reliable broadband devices that they can carry and use anywhere in Europe. The lower cost of this new technology compared to existing and costly narrowband technologies is expected to increase this volume 2-3-fold, also allowing additional supporting staff to join these mission critical mobile networks.

Read the full White Paper here:

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Kick-off of the Search & Rescue Project

Emerging technologies for the Early location of Entrapped victims under Collapsed Structures and Advanced Wearables for risk assessment and First Responders Safety in SAR operations

The Kick-Off of the H2020 Search & Rescue (S&R) project officially took place on 21-22 July 2020. The meeting, which took place remotely and gathered 85 registered participants from 28 organisations across Europe, gave S&R partners the opportunity to meet and present their work plan for the initial phase of the project.

About Search & Rescue

Both man-made and natural disasters such as earthquakes and terrorist attacks can result in people being trapped under debris and collapsed structures. In these critical situations, a timely and effective response is crucial and can prevent or significantly reduce the risk of casualties. This is why First responders and rescue teams need to be equipped with cutting edge tools and specialised instrumentations in order to enhance their capabilities, namely in terms of accuracy, quick localization, and reduction of false alarms.

The S&R project will design, implement and test through a series of large scale pilot scenarios a highly interoperable open architecture platform for first responders enhancing their decision making and providing a dynamic common operational picture of the crisis. The S&R platform will allow to easily incorporate next generation solutions and equipment and can be split into the following categories:

Front-End equipment systems and collection tools, which are mainly based on technologies employed in the crisis scenarios in order to acquire relevant and sensible information in real time (e.g. sensors, drones, rescue robots, smart glasses smart uniforms, first aid for kids’ device characterized by the usage of innovative textile materials, first aid devices, and masks).
Data Fusion and Mediation Systems, which will fuse the information coming from those heterogeneous sources and will provide a more detailed and accurate situational\context awareness to the decision makers and to the command centres.
Back-End applications, services and portals, which will provide decision support capabilities to crisis stakeholders. The platform will be equipped with heterogeneous autonomous assets and sensors that provide various sources of data, indoor positioning and extensions of communications efficiently by employing swarming behaviours.

Stay tuned and follow the development of this ambitious project!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 882897


The Commission adopts Implementing Regulation to pave the way for high capacity 5G network infrastructure

The Commission has adopted the Implementing Regulation on small-area wireless access points, or small antennas, which are crucial for the timely deployment of 5G networks that are delivering high-capacity and increased coverage as well as advanced connection speeds. The Regulation specifies the physical and technical characteristics of small cells for 5G networks. It aims to help simplify and accelerate 5G network installations, which should be facilitated through a permit-exempt deployment regime, while ensuring that national authorities keep oversight.

Read the full article here


BroadWay Prototype Development Begins

The 6th July 2020 marks the start of the Solution Prototype Phase (Phase 2) of the BroadWay PCP, with the signing of contracts by Astrid SA, the Lead Procurer of the BroadWay PCP and three successful consortia.

The three consortia are led by Airbus DS, Frequentis AG and Leonardo S.p.A. A total of 32 European companies are participating, including key mobile and satellite operators: PrioCom, Telefonica, Eutelsat, Proximus, T-Mobile, Telespazio and Vodaphone. Many SMEs are providing knowledge, innovative and expert security as well test and application skills.

For Phase 2, each consortium has been awarded €1.4M approximately and their aim is to develop BroadWay prototypes over the next 10 months, including an initial demonstration to the BroadWay Group of Procurers in November 2020. The final BroadWay prototypes will be tested and evaluated in Spring 2021. A subsequent competition will then be held to award a further €1.5M to each of the two remaining consortia, which will be tasked with deploying final TRL8 pilot systems by Spring 2022 for the third and final phase of the project (Pilot Phase).

Read the full PR here.