German Public-Safety Officials to Cover Numerous Topics at Upcoming Event
Monday, October 22, 2018 | Comments

The president of the German Agency for Digital Radio for Security Authorities and Organizations (BDBOS), Andreas Gegenfurtner, will discuss making the BOS digital radio network future proof at PMRExpo 27 – 28 November in Cologne, Germany.

This includes upgrading TETRA system technology to the IP standard as part of the network’s modernization. He will highlight the extent to which 5G digital key technology can create various new fields of application, such as telemedicine, for the BOS in the age of interconnection.

Gegenfurtner will also reveal how his agency is actively integrating BOS‐specific needs into the standardization of future technologies and will outline the importance of providing sufficient frequencies for security authorities and organizations.

Ralf Ackermann, president of the State Fire Brigade Association of Hesse, will evaluate the setup of the BOS digital radio network in terms of digital alerting, control center migration and signal coverage in buildings. In Hesse, the decision was taken to also carry out alerting in the TETRA network. He will reveal the consequences of this from the perspective of the State Fire Brigade Association. The network needs to be more densely built, and redeveloping alarm devices will present a challenge. Reliability and redundancies, which still need to be created, will define how future proof the system is.

Rainer Buchmann, head of the Saarland’s integrated control center, will discuss hybrid alerting with additional functions for greater efficiency, security and cost effectiveness. Fire brigades and aid organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit sufficient voluntary workers. To avoid making excessive demands of the volunteers and losing workers, it is important to have targeted and precise alerting. This kind of alerting brings tactical advantages, but there are also economic reasons for only deploying as many workers as is necessary. To achieve these goals, the use of extensively automated, bidirectional communications in the alerting process is essential.

Germany occupies a special role in Europe with its diverse decentralized control center landscape, which complicates the data interchange between around 265 control centers when it comes to danger prevention alone. Against this backdrop, Peter Beckmann of the Interior Ministry of North Rhine‐Westphalia will talk about prospects and standards for consistent situation reporting. He will describe perspectives and approaches for organizing and standardizing the exchange of situation-relevant data between control centers.

Social media and emergency call apps have long been an everyday tool for the BOS. Bernhard Harz of the Berlin Fire Brigade will assess the advantages and disadvantages of this in his talk on social media and emergency call apps and image versus secure communications.

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