New EU Project to Design a Next Generation Platform for Emergency Communications

The EMYNOS project, launched in September 2015, joins 11 organisations across Europe that will work to improve current technologies and design a Next Generation emergency platform enabling communications from citizens to , emergency call centre.

On the 1st September 2015, the new EU-funded project EMYNOS (nExt generation eMergencY commuNicatiOnS) was launched. Led by Fraunhofer Fokus, Berlin , Germany, the project gathers a consortium of eleven different organisations, including telecom/satellite operators, VoIP providers, eCall testers, and end users. This mixture ensures that the consortium comes with the required expertise to achieve the project goals. . The organisations forming the EMYNOS project consortium are:

  • Fraunhofer Fokus (Germany; project coordinator)
  • Turksat (Turkey)
  • Technological Educational Institute of Crete (Greece, Technical Manager)
  • Navcert GmbH (Germany)
  • Public Safety Communications Europe (Belgium)
  • Serviciul de Telecomunicatii Speciale (Romania)
  • VOZTELECOM Sistemas (Spain)
  • Harpo Sp.z.o.o (Poland)
  • Hellenic Open University (Greece)
  • Osterreichisches Rotes Kreuz (Austria)
  • MCS Datalabs (Germany)

EMYNOS recognises that the current technologies for emergency systems and 112 services are becoming outdated and can no longer match the everyday needs of European citizens. Some of the related limitations of the current technologies are partial media support, a lack of integration of social media, and the use of an analogue modem for providing eCall services with limited data amount. As most operators have started migrating towards broadband IP-based infrastructures few years ago, current emergency systems also need to be upgraded and adapted in order to fulfil the regulatory requirements in terms of Next Generation emergency services.

To this end, EMYNOS seeks to design and implement a Next Generation platform, capable of accommodating rich-media emergency calls that combine voice, text, and video, thus constituting a powerful tool for coordinating communication among citizens, call centres and first responders.

Additionally, issues such as call routing/redirection to the closest available call centre, retrieval of the caller location, hoax calls prevention, support for people with disabilities, and integration of social media will be addressed throughout the course of the project. Some emphasis will also be placed on the new eCall system.

The EMYNOS project will run for two and a half years, until 1st March 2018.

For more information please contact the leader of EMYNOS dissemination activities PSCE (Public Safety Communications Europe) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The project website is available here: www.emynos.eu

Three New Consultations Launched on Spectrum-Related Topics

The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) of the European Commission has launched three new public consultations on various topics related to the harmonisation of spectrum and the EU policy on spectrum. Submissions to all three consultations are welcome until 21st December 2015.

The first consultation concerns the report prepared by the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, which focuses on examining the issue of efficient awards and efficient use of spectrum bands harmonised for Electronic Communications Services. The report aims to highlight the best practices on spectrum award approaches with a view to promoting efficient use of spectrum. Auctions, in particular, are highlighted as an important tool in ensuring efficient use of spectrum. The full text of the report under consultation can be accessed here.

The second consultation is on the Draft RSPG Opinion on the implementation of the current Radio Spectrum Policy Programme and its revision for the next period. The Policy Programme focuses on strategic policy issues related to harmonisation of the use of spectrum to ensure the functioning of the internal market in the European Union policy areas involving the use of spectrum, and sets out the objectives for the strategic planning and harmonisation of the use of spectrum. The full text of the draft opinion is available here.

Last but not least, a consultation has also been launched on the updated RSPG Work Programme for 2016 and beyond. According to the new work programme, in the next few years the RSPG will focus its activities on the Digital Single Market, in particular as regards the Telecoms Regulatory Framework issues, 5G technologies and spectrum related aspects, the Internet of Things, WRC-19 preparation, and assisting in bilateral negotiations between EU countries. The reasons behind why these topics were chosen are explained in the updated work programme, available here.

PSCE Talks about PPDR and BROADMAP at 5GIC & WTIC Workshop in Oxford

On 26th October, PSCE participated at the 5GIC & WTIC workshop in Oxford, where PSCE President David Lund gave a presentation entitled “(B)Roadmap to BROADNET – Does 5G have a place?” He spoke briefly about the future of PPDR communications and introduced the new BROADMAP proposal, and extended a kind invitation to the PSCE Conference in December to all workshop participants.

The proposed BROADMAP project, which was submitted to the European Commission on 26th August 2015, paints a picture of what PPDR communications could become in the not too distant future. BROADMAP intends to take the first steps towards future co-funded procurement necessary to enable ‘interoperable Next Generation of broadband radio communication systems for public safety and security’. It will serve to enhance interoperability across borders and improve PPDR service to European citizens.

The next PSCE Conference has been scheduled to take place on 9th and 10th December 2015 in Oxford. This is the second of two annual conferences hosted by PSCE. The Conference themes this time will include 4G technologies for PPDR, the transition from 4G to 5G, the benefits of 5G for public safety, as well as the results of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC’15) and the use of social media in emergency management.

COncORDE Newsletter #1

In line with the world-wide research initiatives on Patient Safety and in line with the priority of the Security Call for research to contribute to Prevention, Prediction and Containment of Damage in health crisis situations, the COncORDE project focuses on patient safety, which in the context of emergency management means to reduce the Emergency response associated injuries/potential for damage.

COncORDE’s specific contribution to disaster research is to introduce a new point of view, which shifts the paradigm of researching how to handle uncertainty - to a paradigm of user-driven research of how to increase certainty in the first instance. As a Clinical Innovation project it focuses on improving coordination of patient-centered emergency response by addressing the controllable risks to patient safety. With this the project brings the clinically validated Patient-centered approach into disaster research, which will help extract the simplicity hidden in apparently complex environments and enable generalisability across the globe.

The COncORDE consortium is pleased to send you the first edition of the COncORDE Newsletter which is presenting the main achievements and findings of the project.

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