The second of the three-phase BroadWay PCP got underway on 6th July 2020 when the Group of Procurers awarded contracts to three consortia that met all the technical and quality requirements of the call-off competition at the end of phase 1. The consortia in phase 2 (prototype phase) are led by Airbus DS, Frequentis AG and Leonardo S.p.A.
In phase 2, each consortium has been working on their prototypes that harness the power of broadband and mobile communication to enable public safety responders to access and share information wherever they are, with assured confidence in the security, availability and continuity of their services that goes beyond state-of-the-art. In addition to bi-monthly monitoring, co-operative work with the Group of Procurers and the Practitioner Evaluation Team to refine use-cases and a common methodology, the consortia will virtually showcase the progress of their prototypes in interim demonstrations to the Group of Procurers this week (i.e. week beginning 9 November 2020).
Before phase 2 closes in spring 2021, the final prototypes will be tested and evaluated. It remains to be seen if live testing will be impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. By spring 2022 the prototypes will be refined to a market-viable product, which will be validated by the Group of Procurers against the BroadWay objectives. Keep up with developments and follow the results of the prototype phase on our project website.