BroadWay Selects 4 Consortia to Lead Pan-European Public-Safety Broadband Effort
Tuesday, October 08, 2019 | Comments

The BroadWay Pre-Commercial Procurement project selected four consortia led by Airbus DS Secure Land Communications (SLC), Frequentis, Leonardo and Rohill to lead efforts in developing a pan-European mobile broadband system for public safety.

On 7 October, the BroadWay signed framework agreements with the lead tenderers of the four successful consortia. This paves the way to the development of innovative solutions to provide broadband mobile communication services to enable public-safety responders to be operationally mobile throughout Europe, carrying secure and reliable information services wherever and whenever they need them.

In all, the four consortia are made up of 34 companies from 11 European Union (EU) member states and one associated country. Together these countries include France, Finland, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Austria, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland and Ireland. Each consortia includes subject matter experts (SMEs), independent and impartial test organizations, and mobile network and satellite operators.

As crime and disasters are not limited to fixed geographical borders, there is a need for European first responders to be able to communicate, share and access information regardless of the country they intervene in. This is the challenge tackled by the BroadWay project, a team of 11 procurers from 11 European countries, which came together in May 2018 to procure innovation activity to enable a pan-European broadband mobile system for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR).

Astrid, the telecom operator of the Belgian emergency and security services, acts as the lead procurer on behalf of the 11 participating countries. By working together, national ministries and their agencies responsible for responder communications (the group of procurers) jointly steer the development of solutions in order to satisfy public-safety mobile communication needs.

Leonardo said its industry consortium includes Athonet, Bittium, Proef, Lancaster University, Iscom, RadioLabs, Università di Bologna, Telespazio, Telespazio France, UbiWhere and Vodafone Portugal. The objective of the consortium will be to define a solution suitable for mission-critical roles, including such a system’s communications architecture, cybersecurity, management and standardized nodes for secure communications.

The BroadWay team also stimulates competition for research and innovation to provide high technology readiness solutions, ready to be tested by responders. The BroadWay group of procurers will continue to evaluate the progress of the alternative approaches proposed by the four supplier consortia throughout three critical phases: design, prototype and pilot.

Crucially, public-safety responder practitioners of all disciplines will assess those proposed solutions to ensure that they will improve their informational capability and operational mobility.

Following the commencement of contracts, the four consortia will develop the design of the solution for the common challenge to develop a pan-European mobile broadband system for public safety.

Learn more about the BroadWay project here.

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