Broadway’s Briefing and Networking event successfully took place on September 13th 2018 at the Belgian National Police Headquarters in Brussels. The event was attended by more than 40 industry representatives and constituted the last formal step of the Open Market Consultation (OMC), which was initiated by two briefing webinars on July 20th and August 9th 2018. The purpose of the OMC was to get an insight into the current market, the state of the art and future developments to pave the way for BroadWay’s anticipated PCP to achieve a Pan-European Broadband Network for Public Safety.
The event was introduced by BroadWay’s Coordinator David Lund (PSCE), and was followed by a speech from Andrea De Candido, Head of Unit Industrial Policy and Security Research at DG HOME (European Commission). Andrea’s contribution was significant for everyone, as he re-enforced the view that not only is R&D in the security sector essential, but that it should also be seen as an enabler in an over-arching process of steering solutions for the future. Etienne Lezaack of the Belgian National Police, then spoke about BroadMap, which was the precursor to BroadWay. Sanja Holen, Chair of BroadWay’s Technical team, led a lively discussion about BroadWay’s objectives and technical ambition. The day was concluded by a talk from Marie-Christine Bonnamour, also a member of BroadWay’s Coordinator team, about the PCP process. The event was also attended by ASTRID, BroadWay lead procurer and the operator of the national radio communications, paging and dispatching network designed for emergency and security services in Belgium.
All presentations as well as the participant’s list are available here.
Mr De Candidos' speech is also available here.
Please look out for future updates regarding the PCP on the project website. Completed Questionnaires are welcomed by the project team until this Friday 21st September 2018.