Airbus, Frequentis Consortiums Selected for BroadWay Project’s Third Phase
Thursday, October 07, 2021 | Comments

The final of the three-phase BroadWay Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) began 8 October 2021. The phase began with the awarded contracts to the two first ranked consortia of the phase three call-off competition, following their successful completion of phase two (prototype phase). The consortia in phase three (Pilot Phase) are led by Airbus DS and Frequentis AG.

The consortia will be tasked with taking their prototypes into live useable pilot systems that will be further evaluated by the BroadWay Practitioner Evaluation Team (PEVT). The final BroadWay pilot is required to reach technology readiness level eight, representing a complete and fully operational system achieving the best performance possible for all 11 BroadWay Objectives.

A primary goal for phase three is for both pilot systems to be interconnected and provided as-a-service. This seeks the widest operational possibility of the pilot system(s), providing standardized mission-critical services to realize operational mobility, and will allow practitioners to evaluate the systems in their own operational way.

As recently stated in its conclusions on 7 June, the European 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 aiming at the improvement of existing systems and EU-wide interoperable communication systems for public security, notably the Horizon 2020 BroadWay project.

BroadWay is actively contributing to improving the operational mobility of all public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) practitioners and thus facilitate cross-border operations and cooperation. Operational mobility will allow practitioners to operate wherever they are, whenever they need to, and with whoever they are tasked to cooperate.

BroadWay pilots will concretely show how it is possible for firefighters, policemen or emergency units to move from their country to another country and to remain seamlessly connected to their operational hierarchy, control, and colleagues in the field.

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 communication 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. This group of procurer is led by ASTRID, the operator for emergency and security communication services in Belgium.

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

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