Success of the PSCE Conference in Bled

On 12 and 13 December 2018, another PSCE conference successfully took place in Bled, Slovenia. The conference was collocated with three workshops addressing topics as varied as social media and crowdsourcing for disaster management, cross-border interoperability and 5G for PPDR.

Success of the Workshop on the use of Social Media and Crowdsourcing for Disaster Management

The workshop on the use of social media and crowdsourcing for disaster management successfully took place on 11 December in Bled, Slovenia.

The event was organized by the E2mC consortium and constituted a great opportunity to gather stakeholders from heterogeneous backgrounds and engage in fruitful discussions on the use of social media and crowdsourcing for disaster management. More than 50 participants attended the event including Copernicus EMS authorized users, research institutes, industry, EU representatives and related project and initiatives.

rescEU to be approved by the Parliament and the Council

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have taken key steps towards political agreement on rescEU, the plan to strengthen EU civil protection response to disasters. Following the political agreement reached on December 12th, rescEU will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. The aim of rescEU is to ensure that sufficient resources are available to respond to disasters with wide-ranging impacts and simultaneously affecting several countries while the costs would be covered by EU financing. The political agreement focus both on strengthening Europe’s capacity of immediate response as well as stepping up prevention and preparedness.

New PSCE White Paper on 5G PPDR needs

True technical capabilities of 5G can only be assessed through an early dialogue between 5G developers and PPDR users. The former will test their technologies according to PPDR user needs, whereas the latter (both PPDR mobile operators and responders), will define user needs and feedback their opinions during a co-creation dialogue that will help shape 5G technological implementations and potential adaptations to standards.

The demand for 5G by the consumer market, will establish that technology as the underlying technical capability most likely to be used by Public safety responders. It is difficult to estimate when exactly this will be the case, but it is crucial that:

• Ministries of Interior and their agencies, responsible for PPDR communication services are aware of the true technical capabilities of 5G,
• Developers of 5G technology (and its enablers) understand the true functional and non-functional requirements of PPDR,
• The business case options are understood for PPDR adoption of 5G services,
• Legal frameworks, policy and regulation will support adoption for PPDR on 5G.

A report by GSMA forecasts that by 2025, 5G will account for 29% of mobile connections in Europe. Therefore, we can anticipate that the PPDR sector must be ready with full knowledge by then and prepared to adopt and evolve through 5G capabilities, if they are evaluated to be beneficial.

Many current press articles cite the early deployments of 5G signifying the race to be the best, first, in order to solidify vendor and operator market positions. This is not the primary concern. Our proposed project will facilitate this dialogue between developers of these new potential 5G capabilities and the key stakeholders in the PPDR mobile operator user community.

This paper considers new 5G capabilities in their intended and beneficial form. However, technical validation in real situations and PPDR end user evaluation are crucial to make informed decisions over the coming years.

The White Paper is available for download here.

PSCE and ARCIA signed Memorandum of Understanding on information sharing

Public Safety Communications – Europe (PSCE) and the Australian Radio and Communications Industry Association (ARCIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the sharing of information regarding the development and use of wireless and associated communications technologies by Public Safety Agencies (or in the Public Safety sector).

The two organisations will have the ability to exchange information on common issues in the global wireless industry, with the underlying aim to share information that delivers products and services crucial to the safety and quality of life of people and communities.