BroadWay Kickoff in Brussels
Paving the way for Pan-European broadband for Public Safety
Date 17/05/2018, Brussels
The European Commission recently signed the agreement and the journey has now begun to enable Europe with broadband mobile for public safety.
- 11 procurers from 11 European countries have agreed to carry out a joint pre-commercial procurement to find solutions to enable pan-European broadband for public safety responders.
- At least 50 responder practitioners organisations across 17 countries will evaluate those procured solutions
Our procurement team represents 1.4Million public safety mobile communication users.
Disasters, Crime and Terrorism are not confined to geopolitical borders. Those who protect and rescue us, should be able to talk, share and access information, wherever they are, and whenever they need to. It is clear in these difficult times that we need to enhance European resilience to such threats; to enable our first responders with better communication technologies than the ones available to the bad guys, and with a resilience to cope with difficult crisis situations.
Over the next 4 years, the BroadWay procurement team will carry out a pre-commercial procurement that will seek to procure innovation, from industry, to create the new solutions needed to achieve this goal.
BroadWay follows the success of the BroadMap project that first brought together a similar team to study what is needed from this pre-commercial procurement. A major success factor of BroadMap will continue in BroadWay bringing together significant proportion of Europe to work closely together to procure solutions to this common problem.
BroadWay will start with an open market consultation. We expect to publish a Prior Information Notice on OJEU within June, with engagement activities to be carried out in July and September.
Public Safety Broadband Communication is a global problem to solve, a much bigger market place that our 1.4million users. Therefore, we seek global cooperation and have already established links with leading countries outside of the EU..
On 23-24 May, BroadWay Coordinator, Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) will be hosting its regular biannual conference in Brussels. This will be followed by an international meeting, hosted together with FirstNet. This international meeting brings together our BroadWay team with national projects from individual European countries, US, UK, South Korea, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The goal is to exchange experiences and lessons learned, and to understand more together about this €100’s bn+ market within which, for sure, industry should be ready to innovate.
For up to date information on BroadWay events, please refer to www.broadway-info.eu
For details of BroadMap, please click here www.broadmap.eu
Details of broader PSCE activities and conferences can be found here www.psc-europe.eu
The BroadWay Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and development programme under Grant Agreement No. 786912.