Successful Final Validation Event

Throughout its three year lifespan, the SALUS project has aimed to design, implement and evaluate a next generation communication network concept for Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) agencies. The developed solution provides enhanced security, privacy, seamless mobility, as well as reliability support for mission-critical PMR voice and broadband data services.

To celebrate the successes of the project and showcase the technologies developed within SALUS, the SALUS Final Validation Event was held on 14th and 15th June 2016 in Kuopio, Finland.

On the first day of the SALUS Event, 14th June 2016, participants gathered in the Second SALUS Conference. The morning session of the Conference consisted of a series of training sessions, focused on topics related to broadband services, WiFi mesh networks for public safety, interoperability of TETRA, TETRAPOL and LTE technologies, CCC applications, as well as LTE for public safety from both a theoretical and a case study perspective.

In the afternoon session of the Second SALUS Conference, several interesting presentations were given on topics close to the focus of SALUS: broadband for PPDR, interoperability between legacy systems and future broadband networks, cross-border cooperation in PPDR, needs for PPDR service production, PPDR evolution towards broadband, innovative technology and solution-driven PPDR communication platforms, cost-efficient mission critical LTE, and resilient networks. The new EU-funded BroadMap project was also introduced and some experience cases on PPDR communications in Finland were presented.

The second day of the SALUS Validation Event focused more on the practical side of the project and presented a series of demonstrations. Along with showcasing the technologies developed throughout the SALUS lifetime, the objective of the demonstrations was also to prove the need and the advantages of using LTE mobile broadband technology in public safety scenarios whilst ensuring the interoperability of WiFi, TETRA and TETRAPOL technologies. Participants of the Event had the chance to witness live demonstrations of many key functionalities, including push-to-talk, group communications, messaging, video streaming, video call, video-group call, high-speed access to data, seamless roaming, and support for emergency calls by the public in affected areas. The demonstrations focused on different scenarios, including locating emergency service teams, giving guidance and instructions to first responders remotely via a command and control centre application, locating indoors using WiFi radio signals, monitoring the safety of first responders in real-time, and communicating using different technologies–WiFi, TETRA, TETRAPOL–simultaneously.

The details of the event–including pictures and video footage–will be disseminated through this page in the coming days.

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Final Validation Event: Agenda

The agenda for the final SALUS validation event has been released. You can download it here.

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SALUS Validation Final Event

The SALUS Final Validation Event will take place in Kuopio, Finland, on 14-15 June, 2016. This event will include a variety of simulated public safety emergency conditions similar to real emergencies, occurring in a specialized 38-hectar-wide training ground.

The details of the event are available here.

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SALUS Receives Prestigious ICCA Award


At the ceremony on 27th February 2016, the SALUS project consortium officially received the prestigious International Critical Communications Award (ICCA). In the category Best Evolution to Future Broadband, SALUS beat competitors including Huawei, Finmeccanica, Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH, and Panorama Antennas, to receive the award.

The ICCA for “Best Evolution to Future Broadband” is presented to the product, application or solution, which can best demonstrate industry-leading innovation as well as engineering ingenuity in the integration of future broadband capabilities and which reliably meets the broadband data needs of critical communications users. The ICCA are only awarded to entries that demonstrate excellence in critical communications.

The ICCA is awarded by a panel of judges, all experts in the field of critical communications. In making their decision, the judges in particular praised SALUS for the significant impact it will have on the evolution of future technology specifications and the work it has done to quantify user demands and priorities.

The goal of SALUS is to design, implement and evaluate a next-generation communication network concept for PPDR agencies. The SALUS consortium has already proven that voice and data calls can be established across different PMR domains, thus enabling the migration of TETRA and Tetrapol technologies towards LTE networks. It has also been proven that PTT-operated voice calls can work with the same level of speed and robustness as TETRA and Tetrapol. As a next step, the Group Communication System Enablers (GCSE) for LTE will be implemented to achieve a more robust and scalable delivery of voice, video and data to multiple LTE devices.
List of ICCA 2016 awards winners is available here.



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SALUS presented at PSCE Forum at Oxford, UK

SALUS has participated in the Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) Forum 2nd conference for 2015. The event took place between 9-10 December and was hosted by Cyber Security Oxford at The University of Oxford. More than 80 delegates attended across the 3 days (which included an H2020 brokerage session on December 8), representing public safety stakeholders consisting of public safety communication end users, ministries, network operators, technology developers and research organisations. The dissemination report can be downloaded from here.

The presentation has also been covered by the RadiouResource magazine.

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ECC November/16 newsletter is out

The ECC November/16 newsletter can be downloaded here. This issue addresses WRC-15, harmonized spectrum for Broadband PPDR communications and how the European legislation may be affecting the implementation date for e-call.

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SALUS participation at the PPDR-TC End-user Workshop

SALUS has participated in the PPDR TCenter Final End-User Workshop that took place on June 18 in London, UK. The event took place at the Academy of Medical Sciences and gathered PPDR end-users, experts, academics and companies from 15 different PPDR related organizations.

The dissemination report can be obtained under this link.

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SALUS to Present at PSCE Conference in Oxford

For the past two years, the SALUS project partners have been actively working on the design and implementation of a Next Generation network concept for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) agencies. The network will provide security, privacy, seamless mobility, reliability, and support for mission-critical PMR voice and broadband data services.

The latest findings of the SALUS project will be presented this December at the Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) Conference, which will take place on 9th and 10th December in Oxford, UK. Hugo Marques, the SALUS project coordinator, will present the project and outline the recent developments and accomplishments of the project.

The themes of the PSCE Autumn Conference will focus on discussing the roadmap for PPDR 4G, the benefits of 5G technologies, as well as the results of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC’15) and the use of social media and its challenges for emergency and first responders. The PSCE Conferences take place twice a year and gather roughly one hundred participants from the industry, end user organisations, and research institutes.

PSCE is a key partner in the SALUS project and is actively involved in the SALUS project dissemination activities. For more information and to register to the conference visit this page.

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US Senate Debates Increased Legislation for Recreational Drones

The US Federal Aviation Administration has recently been receiving increasing amounts of reports about unmanned drones flying dangerously close to piloted aircrafts and over busy airports in New York, Minneapolis, and Austin. This has raised concerns in the US Senate and lawmakers are debating the need for increased legislation on recreational drones.

Current legislation prohibits flying an unmanned aircraft anywhere near a manned aircraft. Such actions may result in fines of up to $25,000 and criminal charges. However, the existing legislation does not address hobby drones.

Both professional and hobby drones can create significant damage both to aircraft engines and structures. According to US lawmakers, the altitude and areas where recreational drones can be flown must be regulated, just as it already is for professional drones. It has been suggested that hobby drones should not be allowed to fly higher than 120 metres or travel within 8 kilometres of an airport. The new legislation, if passed, would also require drone manufacturers to install basic technological safeguards on drones.

More information is available here.

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Researchers Suggest a Way to Track Population Density by Using Mobile Network Data

Population density and distribution is a key variable in designing strategies or assessing the impacts of existing environmental or social policies. Normally, decision makers obtain this data from national institutes for statistics or other local authorities. However, this data is often inaccurate and out-of-date, and therefore also unreliable.

In an attempt to discover a better way to gather data on population density, the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), in collaboration with researchers from AIT, realized that mobile network data could be a better source for such data, as it could be obtained almost immediately and would be more accurate and up-to-date. Accessing this data, though, is complicated by the existing legislation on commercial confidentiality and personal privacy.

In a new report prepared by the JRC and AIT, researchers present and analyse a methodology that could enable mobile network operators to process and integrate different types of network data, which is already in their possession, in order to estimate population density. The methodology has been designed to be flexible and scalable, taking into consideration commercial sensitivity and the need to protect personal privacy and confidentiality. The report also presents the findings discovered when testing the methodology on a sample of artificially generated data.

The JRC and AIT will now seek to gather feedback from interested parties on the proposed methodology, which will then be tested with partner mobile network operators. Subsequently, a dialogue with all willing operators around Europe will be initiated.

The full JRC and AIT report is available here.

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