Liaison activities

Project GERYON

SALUS representatives Andy Nyanyo and Peter Wickson from Airwave Solutions and Olayinka Adigun from Kingston University participate in the UK GERYON Day on 13 May 2014 at Plymouth University.

GERYON is a 30 month small /medium-scale focused research project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework programme that proposes an innovative emergency inter-networking system capable of connecting existing first responder communication systems and enabling the integration of next generation mobile networks by defining technology independent standardized interfaces and autonomic configuration and adaptation techniques under the umbrella of IMS. Therefore, GERYON aims to unify common technical and operational logic of first responder communications networks in a technology independent manner. This unification is expected to offload interconnection gateways from duplicated technology dependent details by providing a neutral interconnection interface. The proposed GERYON system intends to ensure seamless operation regardless the access technology and take advantage of coverage and responsiveness of existing PMRs and broadband data services of 4G networks.

Project PPDR-TC

PPDR-TC representatives are expected to participate in the first official SALUS Workshop on “End user needs towards future PPDR systems” to take place in London on October 7th, 2014.

PPDR-TC project (Public Protection and Disaster Relief – Transformation Center) is a 30 month small /medium-scale focused research project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework programme that aims to provide the foundation for the evolution of mission critical communications. The project focuses on specifying an interoperable, secure and resilient voice and data communications architecture, tailored specifically for the needs of the PPDR community. PPDR-TC addresses both mission critical and non-mission critical situations in an integrated and uniform way. The goal of the project is to enable ubiquitous secure communications over dedicated and commercial networks, investigate and propose optimal scenarios to merge commercial broadband infrastructure with current PPDR systems.

Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG)

SALUS consortium has established collaboration and cooperation activities with TCCA CCBG towards a fruitful and mutually beneficial collaborative working environment. The scope of this collaboration is the development of critical broadband user requirements, standards and promotion. SALUS partners Airwave, Alcatel-Lucent, Cassidian, and Rohill are active members of CCBG and act as the project liaison interfaces.

CCBG is a working group of the TETRA & Critical Communications Association (TCCA) with the main aim to enable all mission critical and business critical users to access their information systems, intranet and internet at broadband speeds using their professional mobile devices wherever they are and whenever they have the need. This broadband capability should meet the specific needs of the user in the same way that critical voice and narrowband data services are currently delivered by technologies such as TETRA, Tetrapol, P25 and others.

Cognitive Radio Standardization Initiative(CRS-i)

SALUS and CRS-i project have established a liaison agreement that will exploit the mutual interest in the area of standardization of cognitive radio (CR) and dynamic spectrum access technologies. Both projects will coordinate efforts to contribute in the definition of use cases and potential system requirements, implementation obstacles and regulatory implications related to synergies between civil security and commercial domains.

CRS-i is a FP7 Coordination and Support action with the main objective to facilitate the exploitation of results from Cognitive Radio and Dynamic Spectrum Access research projects by strengthening their impact on standardization.

Project ISITEP

SALUS has agreed to establish relations with the ISITEP project (Liaison Agreement is currently under negotiation).

The Inter System Interoperability for Tetra-TetraPol Networks project (ISITEP) is an EU funded imitative that aims to develop the procedures, technology and legal agreements to achieve a cost effective global solution for PPDR interoperability. Similar to SALUS, ISITEP focus on TETRA and TETRAPOL interoperability and on developing common procedures for improving PPDR operations on cross-border or abroad scenarios. According to their description of work, ISITEP objectives will be obtained by jointly addressing four components defined, developed and integrated through a novel Framework:

  1. A Mission-oriented Framework containing a standardized model of operational procedures and associated functional radio model;
  2. A European Inter System Interface (ISI) cloud1 network integrating the PPDR national infrastructures to allow roaming capability services within a secure framework;
  3. Enhanced User Terminals: integrating TETRA/TETRAPOL technology into a novel terminal architecture based on programmable devices (Tablet, Smartphones);
  4. Interoperability enabling tools including tools for infrastructures dimensioning, training, business model assessment and services for safety operations