PSCE (Public Safety Communication Europe) has signed an agreement with standards body 3GPP to become a Market Representation Partner (MRP) to its mission critical mobile broadband working group.
PSCE is an independent forum for public safety user organisations, industry and research institutes who meet to discuss and exchange ideas and best practices, develop roadmaps and improve the future of public safety communications.
Being an MRP will enable PSCE to provide in depth knowledge, intelligence and advice for 3GPP on the practitioner and end user requirements for mission critical mobile broadband applications, services, networks and devices. The deal was signed on 21 October 2016
Standardisation efforts are in full force within 3GPP to define mission critical functionalities applied to both 4G and the new 5th generation mobile communications for the PPDR community.
The BroadMap project, under the co-ordination of PSCE, is in a position to provide 3GPP with opinions from a large community of PPDR practitioners and end users. In September, BroadMap completed a requirements validation study lead by BroadMap’s partnership across 15 end users in 15 European Countries.
This study gathered opinions from over 240 PPDR organisations from 18 countries across Europe with overall 600+ participants. This allows PSCE to bring a comprehensive contribution to 3GPP as Market Representation Partner.
The partnership between PSCE and 3GPP comes at a time when 3GPP has begun to discuss the standardisation of the 5th generation mobile communications that will ultimately enable the digitisation and mobilisation of businesses alongside supplying ICT industries with enhanced and improved upon mobile communication.
In addition to 3GPP focussing on the overall standardisation of 5th generation mobile communications there are announcements from some governments that they are now developing strategies on the implementation and execution of next generation public safety networks.
This next generation of public safety networks will effectively grant users belonging to governmental agencies with mission critical services over LTE on land. Since the 3GPP Release 12, accordingly 3GPP have also been working to standardise features for mission critical services.
Therefore, PSCE believes it will be able to provide 3GPP with unmatched intelligence and international coordination for the improvement of broadband usability for the PPDR community.
Erik Guttman the Chair for 3GPP TSG SA stated that ‘national authorities have helped 3GPP to get started on mission critical requirements, but having improved international coordination will be helpful, allowing the sector to benefit together rather than by a country-by-country or industry-by industry approach’.
PSCE gathers views from 242 PPDR organisations on future of mobile comms
BroadMap project to shape PPDR future communications in Europe
For more information on the BroadMap outcomes & events and the next PSCE Conference, visit the BROADMAP website www.broadmap.eu