PSCE Newsletter December 2020

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NEWSLETTER December 2020
Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) is pleased to present you this newsletter to keep you updated on our activities and provide you with the latest EU news and initiatives in Public Safety Communications!    
EU Court Justice confirms “national security” no reason to demand customers’ ID to telecomms
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On October 6, the EU court of Justice confirmed that EU legislation established that Member States are not allowed to request personal data from citizens to any telecommunications operator, even if this request is on the grounds of safeguarding national security. A derogation is foreseen in particular cases, limited in time to what is strictly necessary. Read More IFRC’s World Disasters Report 2020 is out!
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Released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in November 17, the World Disaster Report 2020 depicts a higher need to address climate and weather-related disasters in light of COVID-19. The report shows that the countries most affected by climate-related disasters receive only a fraction of the funding that is available for climate change adaptation and thus struggle to protect people from the aggravating effects of climate change. 147 million people may be at risk of flooding worldwide by 2030, the report estimates. Full Report Commission publishes Annual Report on Forest Fires
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On October 30, the European Commission, through its Science Hub, published its Annual Report on Forest Fires. The report presents and analysis of wildfires in the pan European region, including Europe, Middle East and North Africa, in 2019. In 2019 alone, more than 400,000 hectares of Europe’s natural land was burnt and a record high number of nature protection areas were affected by wildfires. According to the findings of the report, climate change continued to affect the length and intensity of fire danger in EuropeRead the EU Forest Fires Report     Join our online PSCE Conference on 19-20 January 2021!
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We are happy to inform you that PSCE’s online conference will happen on 19 and January 2021! The topics to be discussed during our online event include: Useful, usable, trustworthy Artificial Intelligence systems for PPDR 5G, Cybersecurity, Resilience Climate Emergency: What’s the scale of the challenge? How to mitigate climate change effects on PPDR organizations? How are PPDR organisations adapting?  New Space Applications: What Future Use Cases for PPDR? Join us in January! You can register to our online conference following the button below. Register Here Successful PSCE Webinar “Use Cases and Scenarios for Good Practitioner-led innovation in PPDR”!
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On November 20th, PSCE held a successful webinar on “Use Cases and Scenarios for Good Practitioner-led innovation in PPDR”! Our webinar featured speakers from the Lancaster University, the University of Munster, Delft University, Trilateral Research and Exus Innovation. If you missed our online event, you can follow the link below and watch the full webinar! Watch Full Webinar
    PSCE organised a successful clustering webinar on “New Technologies for First Responders”
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PSCE organised a clustering webinar focused on new technologies for First Responders, welcoming EU projects working under the same call in the field of security. Seven EU projects presented their findings on user requirements developped for the different technologies (AI, drones, sensors). The projects include: ASSISTANCE, CURSOR, RESPOND-A, SEARCH & RESCUE, RESPONDRONE, INGENIOUS and SIXTHSENSE. BroadWay’s High-profile Stakeholder Event
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On November 27, 2020, the BroadWay innovation procurement project (pre-commercial procurement) presented its objectives and its intermediary results to the European Commission DGs: DG Echo, DG Home, DG Connect, Defis and Taxud, Agencies: Eu-Lisa, Frontex, the European GNSS Agency, and the European Investment Bank. It was an opportunity to highlight the need for Operational Mobility for public safety and what it could achieve for PPDR in cross-border and pan-European operations. Simultaneously as the competitive life cycle of BroadWay progresses, Member States are developing their own national strategies for the deployment of broadband for their critical communications. The industry has also heavily invested in the development of mobile standards for Mission Critical Services and the development of the BroadWay solutions contribute to catalyse a European industrial ecosystem for PPDR. The conjunction of these elements, as well as the intermediary results of the BroadWay solutions, currently being developed in Phase 2 (Prorotype Solution) by the 3 industrial consortia in competition, is a sign of high confidence for the success of BroadWay. More information BroadGNSS kicks-off in December!
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The newly launched BroadGNSS Pre-Commercial Procurement project will procure Innovation activity for Applications, Synchronisation and Monitoring of Critical Mobile Broadband Communication Infrastructure and Information Assets for Public Protection and Disaster Recovery (PPDR) Operations. As the project has officially started on 1 December, the kick-off meeting with the European GNSS Agency is scheduled for the 14th of December. Dates for workshops to collect user requirements and for the Open Market Consultation will be announced soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in our activities as a supplier or as a government/agency, thank you to register your interest below! More information

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