German PMR Association Celebrates 20 Years
Monday, June 24, 2019 | Comments

The PMeV Association, a German association of suppliers and users of communication systems for mobile professional applications, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. The foundation meeting took place in Berlin June 23, 1999.

PMeV in 1999 defined itself as an association of experts from manufacturing companies, network operators, service providers, system houses, users and other organizations that intended to jointly promote professional mobile radio (PMR) in Germany. The start-up idea of the new association was to promote standardized PMR technologies in Germany and Europe.

Based on the start-up idea, the association activities were characterized by the TETRA standard during the first years and led to the German digital radio network for public authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS) set up on the basis of the TETRA standard.

As institutional patron of the PMR Expo conference and exhibition, the association has continuously promoted the development of the trade show, congress and workshops. The event started in 2001 with about three dozen exhibitors and is now considered the leading European trade fair for secure communications. The 2018 PMR Expo attracted 4,300 visitors from all over the world, as well as 232 national and international exhibitors.

The PMeV range of topics has increased over the years. The association brings together vendors and users to jointly discuss the chances and risks of different approaches and concepts and to evaluate and develop different technologies and technical solutions. Furthermore, PMeV has intensified the dialog with politicians, authorities and regulatory agencies to jointly define the frame conditions of the PMR market. In 2018, the PMeV emphasized the importance of a network for the design and further development of critical communications by complementing its initial name with the affix "Netzwerk sichere Kommunikation" (network for secure communications).

"Besides intensifying the active participation in the definition of the regulatory framework for the PMR market, the expansion of the range of topics will be of particular importance in the future,” said Bernhard Klinger, president of PMeV. “The challenge is to position PMeV as the center of competence for all important areas of secure communication,” especially with a view to broadband for mission- and business-critical communications.

In the coming years, the core task of the PMeV association will be active participation in developing the interest of safety-critical communications users in security agencies, critical infrastructure operators and the industry.

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