PSCE Newsletter October 2020

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NEWSLETTER October 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!    
Commission unveils new EU Security Strategy for the next 5 years
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On July 24, the European Commission delivered a new EU Security Union Strategy for the period 2020 to 2025, focusing on priority areas where the EU can bring value to support Member States in fostering security for all those living in Europe. From combatting terrorism and organised crime, to preventing and detecting hybrid threats and increasing the resilience of our critical infrastructure, to promoting cybersecurity and fostering research and innovation, the strategy lays out the tools and measures to be developed over the next 5 years to ensure security in our physical and digital environment. Read More Commission launches consultation on State aid rules for the deployment of broadband networks
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The Commission has published two Internet-based consultations: a general Public Consultation, seeking feedback and experiences in the implementation of the State aid rules related to the State aid Broadband Guidelines adopted in 2013 and the relevant provisions of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), adopted in 2014. And a second one, a Targeted consultation, to collect information on technical, specific provisions of the Guidelines and of the relevant provisions of the GBER. The consultations will be open until 5 January 2021. More about the Public Consultations EU Toolbox on 5G Cybersecurity: Member States, Commission and ENISA deliver progress report
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On July 24, EU Member States, with the support of the European Commission and ENISA, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, published a report on the progress made in implementing the joint EU toolbox of mitigating measures, which was agreed by the Member States and endorsed by a Commission Communication in January 2020. The toolbox sets out a joint approach based on an objective assessment of identified risks and proportionate mitigating measures to address security risks related to the rollout of 5G, the fifth-generation of mobile networks. Read the 5G Toolbox Report Commission’s funding for prevention and fighting extreme wildfires under the EU Green Deal
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The Commission is funding projects to tackle extreme wildfires! On September 17, the Commission re-published it’s work programme with a call for funding projects in line with increasing climate ambition. The Green Deal explicitly calls to “reduce the incidence and extent of forest fires”. It also calls “to boost the EU’s ability to predict and manage environmental disasters” as an immediate priority. Jump to page 68 and find out the Commission’s requisites to apply! More information     Join our online PSCE Conference on 19-20 January 2020!
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For security and preventive reasons, the PSCE Board has made the unfortunate but necessary decision to cancel our in-person Conference, planned for December 2020. However, we are happy to announce that PSCE will deliver a new online Conference, to make sure that you’ll be up to date with the latest developments that may have gone unnoticed due to the ongoing health crisis. 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? Stay tuned for more developments! More details here shortly PSCE contributed to 5GPPP White Paper on “Empowering Vertical Industries”

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On September 9th, the 5G Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) and the 5G Infrastructure Association (5G IA) organized a webinar to present the key findings of the latest White Paper on “Empowering Vertical Industries through 5G Networks – Current Status and Future Trends”. The webinar featured Mr. Bernard Barani, Deputy Head of Unit at DG CONNECT, European Commission, as well as different voices within the telecommunications industry – NOKIA, Telecom Italia, Telenor. PSCE is pleased to have contributed to the White Paper, under “Indicative Use Cases for the Vertical Sectors” with regards to Public Safety. Read the White Paper
    Search & Rescue project seeks to enable First Responders’ capacities
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PSCE is delighted to be part of the Search & Rescue (S&R) project! The kick-off of the H2020 S&R project officially took place on 21-22 July 2020. The meeting, which took place remotely and gathered 85 registered participants from 28 organisations across Europe, gave S&R partners the opportunity to meet and present their work plan for the initial phase of the project. The S&R project will design, implement and test through a series of large scale pilot scenarios a highly interoperable open architecture platform for first responders enhancing their decision making and providing a dynamic common operational picture of the crisis. The S&R platform will allow to easily incorporate next generation solutions and equipment and can be split into the following categories: Front-End equipment systems and collection tools; Data Fusion and Mediation Systems; Back-End applications, services and portals. Visit the project’s website Respond-A project PSCE is part of the consortium of the EU-funded project Respond-A, that kicked-off on June 1st. The main aim of RESPOND-A is to leverage First Responders efficiency and safety by introducing a joint technological and conceptual framework. RESPOND-A seeks to deliver maximal Situational Awareness by boosting Early Assessment, Safety Assessment and Risk Mitigation capabilities, together with the clear Common Operational Picture and the optimal management of operations at any scaling and complexity of disasters. Visit the project’s website BroadWay Prototype Development was launched in July
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The 6th of July marked 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. Read more here

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