Throughout this summer, BroadMap project partners have been busy organising workshops to gather together an unprecedented set of opinions from PPDR end users with regard to the future of their mobile technologies. Overall, BroadMap workshops have involved 242 PPDR organisations from 17 countries across Europe cumulatively gathering more than 600 participants, including practitioners from national police forces, fire brigades, emergency services, customs authorities, militaries, traffic agencies, post and telecom operators, mountain rescue services, port authorities, coast guards, as well as several national ministries of interior and defence. Further discussion with PPDR end users will continue in the coming months. Feedback from the workshops has been a success with practitioners taking a strong interest and expressing their thanks for the opportunity to contribute their opinions. The BroadMap consortium has obtained a comprehensive insight into the viewpoints of different PPDR representatives. The workshops have gathered a diverse set of opinions which will be used to validate requirements for EU interoperable broadband for PPDR from the largest community of PPDR end users ever consulted. The next step for the project will be to analyse the gathered opinions and determine associated solutions and roadmaps, to inform an EC co-funded pre-commercial procurement activity due to commence in 2018. Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) has been leading and coordinating the BroadMap project. The Chair of the PSCE User Committee, Manfred Blaha, presented BroadMap at the APCO conference, taking place in Orlando, Florida, from 13th to 16th August 2016. The Conference featured a number of discussions to learn and mutually benefit from activities of FirstNet in the US. BroadMap project coordinator, David Lund, will join the next 3GPP SA1 meeting where requirements for mobile standards will be discussed including mission critical broadband functionalities. BroadMap intends to inform the standardisation community of its key outcomes and where priorities may lie for the PPDR community and those considering to procure new broadband mobile applications, networks and devices for PPDR. In November 2016, BroadMap will organise a Stakeholder Workshop, where the outcomes of the national workshops will be presented. The event will be open to PPDR practitioners, as well as the participants of the BroadMap workshops held this summer. The Stakeholder Workshop will present the latest developments of the BroadMap project, including the results of the workshops, and invite participants to submit feedback. More details about the stakeholder workshop will become available soon on the BroadMap website www.broadmap.eu. BroadMap will be presented at the next PSCE Conference, to be held in Athens, Greece, from 22nd to 24th November 2016. FirstNet, the USA authority managing the nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety, will also participate in the Conference. The PSCE Conferences take place biannually and gather around a hundred experts from the public safety community, including end users, researchers, and industry. This will be the 15th edition of the PSCE Conferences and will address issues related to next generation broadband, border security, natural disasters, and security by telecommunications in transport. The draft agenda and registration for the Conference is accessible on the PSCE website here. PSCE Secretariat Public Safety Communication EuropeSecretariatRue des Deux Eglises 39B-1000 BrusselsBelgiumtel. +32 (0) 2 738 07 63fax. +32 (0) 2 738 07 64www.psc-europe.eu
The 6th annual ASTRID User Days will be held on 5 and 6 October 2016, hosted in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, in the impressive Stayen football stadium. Stayen is a brand new location and offers the ideal congress facilities with a great view on the football field. Don't forget to include this event in your agenda! The ASTRID User Days offer a very broad overview of current and future applications in the fields of critical communications, localisation, paging, track and trace, alarming, dispatching, video, etc. Since the first edition in 2003, the ASTRID User Days have steadily grown into a meeting place for all ASTRID-users and decision-makers in Belgium, for experts and for suppliers, and the international TETRA and critical communications’ community. The previous event was attended by more than 60 exhibitors and 1,500 visitorsfrom the public safety field. This year’s event will host a Safety & Security Academy where leading international experts will deal with future challenges regarding the relation between technology and society. Several drone companies and sector organisations will be present. The football field will be used as an exhibition area by drone service providers and as a demo area. The International matchmaking Security and Emergency Response Days of the Enterprise Europe Network will this year take place within the framework of the ASTRID User Days in Belgium. This brokerage event offers a unique opportunity to get to learn more about the latest product and service development in your sector across Europe and even beyond. During the matching event you will be able to establish new cross-border contacts for potential future collaboration. Register free via : www.b2match.eu/astriddays2016. For more information, visit http://www.astriddays.be/en/visitor
idOBR offers in-carriage MIMO and multi-band support Chesham, UK – Cobham Wireless, a global leader in the provision of advanced wireless coverage and mobile communication systems, has announced the launch of its idOBR solution; the next generation digital on-board repeater set to revolutionise on-train cellular communications. The upgrade to Cobham Wireless’ market leading on-board repeater solution offers high-bandwidth in-carriage services for the railway communications market enabling passengers to connect to robust 4G, 3G and 2G services even in the most challenging of environments. The unit is much more compact than current provisioning systems and includes a reduction in size to 2HU, making the unit more versatile than traditional solutions and offering the space savings demanded by the railway industry. Offering MIMO, multi-technology and multi-band support, the idOBR enables high quality communication across international borders, connecting seamlessly to the Cobham Wireless range of next generation cellular coverage solutions, including its innovative idDAS system and associated railway cellular and public safety products. The new platform offers advantages for all stakeholders; mobile operators can enjoy an increase in throughput, versatility and customer satisfaction, train operators can reduce the space required for telecoms equipment and for manufacturers installation is simpler and can be cheaper. “Cobham Wireless is proud to continually push forward railway cellular communication technology,” said Ingo Flömer, director of product management, Cobham Wireless. “The idOBR will deliver high-bandwidth services utilising a fraction of the power and space requirements of traditional on-board systems. “The extra space offered by the unit’s versatility provides train operators with the opportunity to utilise the space previously reserved for technology for increased passenger capacity or to increase the number of units deployed to further improve capacity availability in carriages.” Cobham Wireless is a leading supplier for railway cellular communications systems with contracts in place with many of the world’s leading train operators and mobile network providers. It has been pushing forward the development of advanced systems since introducing the world’s first GSM-R coverage product in 1998 to support train communications on intercity lines in Scandinavia. Click on the button below to find out more about idOBR Find out more About Cobham Wireless Delivering state-of-the-art wireless and connectivity solutions that give our customers a competitive edge. We are global leaders in the provision of advanced wireless coverage and mobile communications systems, producing innovative, cost-effective solutions that address market requirements for improved connectivity, greater capacity and better quality of experience. Our intelligent digital Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), along with our advanced network validation tools for mobile and IP networks, will help propel your network to the next generation. About Cobham The most important thing we build is trust. Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. Contact us
The TCCA represents TETRA, the most successful mission critical communications voice and narrowband data mobile standard in the world. Now available with TEDS supporting wideband data, we support the further development of the standard and promote its increasing adoption by professional users in a growing number of market sectors across all continents. For critical broadband data communications, we are driving the development of common global mobile standards.