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: https://5g-ppp.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/5GPPP-VerticalsWhitePaper-2020-Final.pdf

Agenda and Registration for the Webinar on September 9th: https://5g-ppp.eu/event/webinar-empowering-vertical-industries/

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

Source: ec.europa.eu

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.

Success of the third PSCE Webinar on the challenges to managing COVID-19 for European PPDR Organisations

The webinar Managing COVID-19: What were the challenges for European PPDR organisations? succesfuly took place on 30 June 2020.

The Webinar offered three perspectives on the challenges encountered by PPDR organisations to manage the COVID-19 Crisis. Koen De Budt (Crisis Centre Belgium) discussed how Public Warning Systems can be used to support crisis communications in the midst of a pandemic. Fernando Conde (Madrid 112) explained the multiple challenges faced by the Madrid 112 centre to manage the pandemic, namely the resulting communication overload. Finally, Theo Lingens discussed the logistics challenges on the ground, namely with regards to ensuring the transport and delivery of medical equipment. More than 120 participants registered to this webinar from Europe and beyond, and from various backgrounds.

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