State of the Nation - Use cases for Public Safety

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Public safety networks provide communications for services such as police, fire and ambulance. In this realm, the requirement has been to develop systems that are highly robust, secure and can address the specific communication needs of emergency services. This has fostered public safety standards – such as TETRA and P25 – that provide for a set of features that were not previously supported in commercial cellular systems. These standards have also been applied to commercial critical communications needs such as airport and rail operations. What does the future hold for these technologies?

In this SIG event we will explore the different technologies and use cases that surround public safety and discuss the key aspects of a public safety network and critical dependencies on any technology deployed to meet the needs of such a network.

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Registration and networking with refreshments


Introduction to CW Mobile Broadband from Andy Widdess, Sepura PLC


Welcome from the host Steve Barber, Vice President Group Strategy, Sepura PLC


LTE for Public Safety creates a path towards digital policing; Markus Hochenbleicher, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting

The arrival of smartphones and reliable mobile data communication has transformed our daily life. Digital business is now the new mainstream. However, Public Safety users so far have not been able to benefit from these advances. This presentation sets out how LTE networks can fulfill the specific requirement of Public Safety users and how this offers the potential to transform policing by creating a path towards digital policing.




The Emergency Services Network (ESN): responding to your questions (Purdah rules permitting); Dr Nigel Brown, Lead for Resilient ICT Strategy, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office


Refreshments and networking


Information, a valuable resource; Peter Hudson, Head of Technology and Innovation. Sepura PLC

Use of mission critical data by public safety users is on the increase and becoming a more valuable resource with each passing day. Sources of information are wide and varied and will potentially grow with the advance of both Broadband and narrowband technologies




Mobile Broadband Applications for Public Safety – Opportunities and Challenges; Nils Lofmark, Managing Consultant, Mason Advisory

The session will consider the role of mobile technology in public safety operations, the potential opportunities presented by broadband capability, some of the challenges to successful deployment and adoption.




Panel session with all speakers and Nick Koiza, Head of Business Development, Security, Plextek and Richard Martin, Freelance Technical Writer, Writecliffs.


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Nigel Brown - Lead for Resilent ICT Strategy, Cabinet Office

Markus Hochenbleicher - Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group

Peter Hudson - CTO, Sepura

Nils Loftmark - Managing Consultant, Mason Advisory

Richard Martin - Writer, Writecliffs and TETRA Today

SIG Champions

Iris Barcia - Pr. Mng. MPN Architecture, Vodafone

Iris Barcia is a multidisciplinary professional with entrepreneurial experience in the telecommunication industry. She is an innovator and forward-looking technologist that has worked directly with international executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and services companies. She has been involved in the proposal and assessment of novel HetNet strategies for nation-wide 4G, 5G, IoT and public-safety networks, with a focus on future capacity provision and multi-technology evolution. More recently she’s focusing on Open RAN and MPNs. Prior to Vodafone, Iris has been the co-owner and COO of Keima, and has worked on RAN design, optimization and deployment projects at Telefonica and European rural broadband wireless initiatives. She has a BSc and MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Vigo (Spain) and an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK).

Roberto Kompany - Principal Analyst, Omdia

Roberto is a member of Analysys Mason’s Telecoms Software and Networks research team and is the lead analyst for the Next-Generation Wireless Networks programme focusing on strategy and market research. He is also a Cambridge Wireless Special Interest Group (SIG) mobile broadband champion. Prior to joining Analysys Mason, Roberto worked for Dixons Carphone, where he analysed the effect on the business of shifts in the telecoms market – for example, in terms of mergers, operator KPIs and technology – in Europe and the UK. Previous positions included consultancy, where he helped a variety of clients worldwide with mobile-related projects, such as a capex reduction and developing a 5-year strategy for an incumbent’s wireless infrastructure. He started his career at a leading network equipment vendor, where he served in several different capacities, such as R&D, and deployment and optimisation of mobile infrastructures across multiple continents. Roberto holds an MSc in Mobile & Satellite Communications from University of Surrey and an MBA from IE Business School.

Peter Love - Techno/economic business consultant & programme manager, Independent

I am an experienced leader of diverse sales teams and a trusted advisor for Cx0/CxO-1 leaders. Educated with Six Sigma Yellow Belt, ITIL v3, and with a PMP certification, my skillset lies in my ability to excel in global project delivery, demystify complexities, and handle challenges with tenacity and good humour. I am committed to fostering industry dialogue and have chaired telecoms forums and acted as Special Interest Group champion to drive collaboration and impact. My career has spanned global strategy, operational development, geographic management, and consumer electronics, maintaining an 80:20 balance between sales and operations

Andy Sutton - BT Fellow & Principal Network Architect, BT

Andy Sutton is a BT Fellow and Principal Network Architect for Wireless Access. The wireless access domain includes 4G/5G RAN architecture and mobile backhaul/xhaul, along with microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, and satellite communications. Andy holds an MSc in Mobile Communications from the University of Salford and has over 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s current research interests include advanced RAN coordination techniques, including C-RAN and OpenRAN, optical fibre and radio based backhaul/xhaul, along with LEO satellite communications and High-altitude Platform Systems (HAPS), all in the context of building resilient heterogeneous networks. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Liverpool and the University of Salford, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds Fellowships from the IET, ITP and BCS. Andy sits on the editorial board of the ITP Journal and is a CW SIG Champion for eMBB and Wireless Heritage.

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Sepura PLC, 9000 Cambridge Research Park Beach Drive, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9TL

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