BroadWay Project Ends Prototype Phase, Launches Pilot Phase
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | Comments

June 28 marked the official end of the solution prototype phase of the BroadWay precommercial procurement (PCP), with the notification of end of phase two results to the three competing consortia: Airbus, Frequentis and Leonardo.

Throughout phase two, the consortia were tasked with development, installation, technical testing and practitioner evaluation of their prototypes. The consortia were subject to regular monitoring during phase two, which culminated in technical testing and evaluation of their solutions in April, and submission of end of phase reports shortly afterwards.

After evaluation of the end of phase deliverables, the group of procurers awarded a successful status to all three consortia, meaning that they were subsequently invited to participate in the call-off competition for entry into the pilot phase, which launched on June 30. The consortia have until August 2 to submit individual offers in which they address an updated set of objectives set by the group of procurers for the development of live pilot systems within the scope of phase three.

The group of procurers will evaluate the offers and select a maximum of two consortia for phase three. The consortia will be tasked with taking their prototypes into live useable pilot systems that will be further evaluated by practitioner evaluation team.

The pilot phase is due to commence in early October and will run until summer 2022. The final BroadWay pilot is required to reach technology readiness level eight, which represents a complete and fully operational system achieving the best performance possible for all 11 BroadWay objectives.

As recently stated in its June 7 conclusions, the European Union’s (EU) Justice and Home Affairs Council emphasized the importance of secure operational and EU interoperable communication for law enforcement agencies and other security practitioners to be able to properly protect and respond in case of cross-border cooperation in the area of public spaces and major events, and invited member states to further support EU initiatives aimed at the improvement of existing systems and EU-wide interoperable communication systems for public security, notably the Horizon 2020 BroadWay project.

The BroadWay group of procurers includes 11 ministries or their delegated agency responsible for providing public-safety communication capabilities in their country. They currently provide mobile communications services to 1.4 million responders across Europe. The countries involved in the BroadWay PCP include Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain.

The BroadWay PCP is coordinated by Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) and has received funding from the European Commission Horizon 2020 program.

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