In the course of a panel debate on the involvement and the role of practitioners in Horizon 2020 projects, held in the last SMIIG meeting, David Lund presented the case of the BroadMap project which gathers 15 practitioners from a wide variety of countries across Europe (including 8 Ministries of Interior) and which is successfully preparing the PPDR’s wireless broadband communication requirements, the specifications as well as the roadmap for procurement. He explained the steps for having practitioners on board: start early to build your consortium and facilitate the administrative management.

On 26 January, BroadMap participated in a workshop co-organised by the EU FP7 projects SecInCoRe, EPISECC, SECTOR, and REDIRNET, in association with PSCE, the Centre for Mobilities Research and the University of Lancaster under the auspices of the 9th Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) conference.

Swedish and Norwegian TETRA networks begin cross-border radio communications interoperability testing as part of a project to support public safety co-operation at national borders.    

The BroadMap project was presented during the Joint ETSI-CEPT/ECC Workshop entitled “Public Protection and Disaster Relief: Regulatory changes and new opportunities for Broadband PPDR”, which took place on 29th September in ETSI’s Headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France.    

On 4 January 2017, AT&T Mobility, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies announced their joint plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials based on the expected 5G New Radio (NR) specifications. The 5G NR specifications are currently being developed by a global standard development organisation, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The trials will support operation in millimetre Wave (mmWave) spectrum and aim to enhance commercial deployments in the 28GHz and 39GHz bands. In the trials, the companies intend to showcase new 5G NR mmWave technologies that utilise wide bandwidths available at these higher frequency bands to increase network capacity and expect to achieve multi-Gigabit-per-second data rates.

On 10th of November, BroadMap organised in Brussels its dedicated BroadMap Stakeholders’ Workshop, where practitioners were invited to hear about the state-of-play of the project and share their views on a number of key issues related to the future evolution of EU broadband applications and interoperable radio communication solution. About 60 participants from 16 countries attended this event, representing a large community of PPDR practitioners.    

On the 21st October 2016, PSCE signed an agreement with 3GPP to become a Market Representation Partner. During the ceremony, David Lund was invited to sign the official agreement.

On 23 November 2016, the BroadMap project was presented in the context of the latest PSCE conference in Athens. The project was presented under the focus on ‘Broadband worldwide’. The presentations expanded on the most recent developments in the USA.

The BroadMap project was presented during a workshop organised in Brussels by FVB (Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V), which represents eight German research institutes specialised in natural sciences, life sciences and environmental sciences.    

The BroadMap project was presented during the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) event, which took place in Athens on 18-19 October 2016.    

In the context of proposals aiming at weakening encryption to facilitate the work of law enforcement, ENISA has published an opinion which gives an overview of the current debate on encryption, while highlighting the Agency’s key messages and views on the topic.