SALUS Project Targets European Next-Generation Public-Safety Networks, Interoperability (1/17/14)
Friday, January 17, 2014 | Comments

A European project is underway to design, implement and evaluate a next-generation communications network concept for public protection and disaster recovery (PPDR) agencies, supported by network operators and industry. The SALUS project will provide security, privacy, seamless mobility, quality of service (QoS) and reliability support for mission-critical professional mobile radio (PMR) voice and broadband data services, the project’s website said.

The project’s consortium includes Alcatel-Lucent, Airwave and Cassidian; four small and medium enterprises (SMEs), including OneSource, Rohill, UbiTEL and TI-WMC; research institutions Fraunhofer-IOSB and Instituto de Telecomunicações; and five universities including the University Belgrade-School of EE, Kingston University London, University Ljubljana, University Patras and University Twente; as well as PPDR end users groups Emergency Services College (ECS) and Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE).

The 36-month targeted research project is funded by the European Union, Framework Program 7 and was put in place to design, develop and validate the next-generation PPDR network. The project has a total budget of 4.8 million euros (US$6.5 million), with European Union funding of 3.5 million euros (US$4.7 million). The project began Sept. 1 and ends 31 August, 2016.

“Using our public-safety knowledge and expertise, Airwave will be able to influence the direction of public-safety communications of the future whilst at the same time work with other industry leaders and academic experts in this vital area of communications,” said Euros Evans, Airwave CTO.

The project will use three reference scenarios: city security, disaster recovery and temporary protection. The project will see dependable and secure mobile broadband services developed for video streaming, large document transfers and database access. PMR voice and data services will be made interoperable between legacy PMR and new mobile broadband networks, the website said. Interoperability with satellite IP connections is also part of the project, along with transportable systems with mobile broadband and integrated PMR voice and data capabilities.

“We will contribute intelligence based on our significant understanding of the exacting operational and service requirements of public-safety customers for their critical voice and data communications,” said Euros. “Our input will ensure that the scenarios and case studies accurately reflect the requirements of the PPDR communities today and into the future.”

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