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.