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.

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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).

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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.

PSCE contributes to two newly published CWA standards

Two Cen Workshop Agreement (CWA) to which PSCE has actively contributed, have been officially published. 

 On the one hand, the CWA Systematic assessment of innovative solutions for crisis management - Trial guidance methodology, based on the results of the DRIVER+ project, defines a methodology that enables a systematic assessment of one or more sociotechnical solutions (hardware, software, training, procedure, or a mix of those) within a realistic crisis management scenario. The target group of the CWA are crisis management practitioners concerned with innovation or procurement, public authorities concerned with procurement (or writing tenders), as well as research and development departments in industry and research.

On the other hand, was published the CWA Crisis and disaster management – Semantic and syntactic interoperability,  based
on the results of the DRIVER+ and EPISECC projects, defines requirements on how to achieve organizational and cross border interoperability on semantic and syntactic level for crisis and disaster management.

More information about PSCE involvement in standardisation is available on this page.

BEREC publishes guidelines on the effectiveness of Public Warning Systems

On June 12, BEREC published guidelines about the effectiveness of public warning systems transmitted by different means. These Guidelines are provided by BEREC in response to the task set in Article 110(2) of the Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11th December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code, to assist member states in assessing whether the effectiveness of alternative Public Warning Systems using means of electronic communications services as described in Article 110(2) is equivalent to the effectiveness of ECS-PWS falling under Article 110(1).

You may download the guidelines here.