PMRExpo 2021 Draws 140 Exhibitors, 3,500 Visitors
Monday, December 13, 2021 | Comments

After PMRExpo 2020 could only take place digitally due to COVID-19, 140 national and international exhibitors presented again their products, services and innovations to interested trade visitors in person during this year’s PMRExpo.

"In these challenging times, we have all become very aware of how important personal exchange is," said Bernhard Klinger, chairman of the board, Federal Association of Professional Mobile Radio (PMeV), the conceptual sponsor of PMRExpo. Thanks to an extensive hygiene protection concept, the 3,500 visitors were guaranteed safe participation. In addition to the 10,000 square meter exhibition area, PMRExpo 2021 included a comprehensive congress program, as well as specialist forums as hybrid variants. The focus through the presentations was 5G and broadband technologies, including their applications.

A look at the exhibitors' products and services showed that, in addition to the proven and well known, many innovations were also on display. The exhibitors praised the opportunity to talk to their customers face-to-face again, as well as the large number and high quality of personal exchanges.

"We met many existing customers and had many important discussions. Of course, you notice that the hall aisles are a bit emptier than usual. Still, it was good to be here, and it is good to have trade shows again. It was also worthwhile for us to be here," said Hanno Heeskens, managing director of cubos Internet.

After many months of virtual meetings and video conferences, PMRExpo once again offered a variety of opportunities for face-to-face exchange of opinions and information. For example, companies presented their products and services daily with talks in the Speakers' Corner directly in the exhibition hall. The Professionals Forum offered the audience the chance to find out about the possibilities of securing, recruiting and training skilled workers with the help of the PMeV network.

"PMRExpo will document the significance and importance of professional mobile communications," Klinger said at the opening of the conference. In his estimation, the pandemic has advanced digitalization. He concluded by calling on the community to learn lessons from the summer's flood disaster regarding communications technology.

North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister of the Interior Herbert Reul, who was a patron via video transmission, commented on this topic. He said that PMRExpo is a driver of innovation and that his state wants to drive digitalization forward. As an example, he mentioned the expert forum on the development of structures for "networking information to present the state of the country.”

Reul praised the recently launched official emergency call app "nora" in Germany. With the app, citizens can quickly and easily reach the police, fire department and ambulance service in an emergency, which is especially valuable for people with speech disabilities.

"We've seen here how essential communication is between emergency services," he said, referring to a heavy flood disaster. He advocated upgrading the digital radio for public authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS). Above all, he said, it should be designed for broadband applications for data transmission.

Andreas Gegenfurtner, president of the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS), gave an update on digital radio for the "blue-light organizations" at the start of the second day of the trade fair. Under the heading "Between crises and the communication of the future," he addressed the challenges in BOS digital radio.

The focus of the 21 presentations over the three days of the congress was on the potential of the 5G mobile communications standard and its future-oriented applications, broadband technologies and campus networks.

"In the long term, 5G will replace all other wireless networks,” said Dr. Ing. Ralf Tönjes from the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück.

The next PMRExpo is scheduled for November 22-24, 2022.

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