PSCE Signs MoI Focused on Public Safety Use of Satellite with ESA
Thursday, April 01, 2021 | Comments

Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a memorandum of intent (MoI) to support the utilization of satellite applications for public safety.

Under the new MoI, ESA and PSCE will work together establishing interoperable public-safety communications systems. The MoI will support the emergence of space-based mobile broadband applications in the public-safety domain. These include applications within disaster preparedness, response and resilience, situational awareness, assessments of damages, navigation-based services for tracking and coordinating rescue forces on site and for emergency vehicles.

"ESA Space Solutions and the 4S Strategic Programme Line will support through this agreement the emergence of solutions making use of secure satellite communications for institutional public-safety user communities,” said Rita Rinaldo, ESA. “This can be achieved as of today through existing satellite telecommunications infrastructures. In the future, it will be possible to make use of new and innovative infrastructures with enhanced capabilities. Early pilots and demonstrations will showcase the unique benefits granted by satellites to the user communities and early adopters.”

The cooperation between ESA and PSCE will be activated as a first step through PSCE participation in the ongoing user studies on satellite applications for public safety. PSCE will contribute to the identification of the needs of public-safety stakeholders such as emergency services, fire brigades and law enforcement.

"The cooperation with ESA will help to explore complementary solutions that will contribute to cover capability gaps and needs for public safety,” said Marie-Christine Bonnamour, PSCE. “It is of extreme importance to improve public safety communication systems with cutting-edge and rapidly deployable solutions that will facilitate PPDR missions.”

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