Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) announced that BroadWay was selected by the European Commission and will implement a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) project to develop technologies to enable a pan-European interoperable broadband mobile system for public safety.
A group of 11 buyers from 11 countries will be complemented by a further 49 supporting public-safety organizations. The large group of practitioners and procurers will ensure that the innovative solutions procured fit their needs and complement their national plans for transition to broadband for public protection and disaster response (PPDR).
The project should begin in May, and a presentation will be given at the next PSCE conference in Brussels 23 – 24 May.
BroadWay’s public tender procedure will include broadband pilot systems, showcasing the Europewide cross-organizational and cross-border interoperability in realistic first responder scenarios involving practitioners working together crossing land borders, sea borders and even crossing long-distance borders with transport of first responders per plane to a scene of incident, PSCE President Manfred Blaha said last year.
PSCE seeks to complement stakeholders’ own investments with the European Commission incentive. A PCP doesn’t procure final systems. It intends to challenge industry and researchers to innovatively solve the real problems that public-safety end users face. This includes on-the-ground public-safety practitioner needs, the needs of those operating their communications networks and the importance that government investment should not become locked into 20-year-old systems, Blaha said.
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