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State of the Nation - Use cases for Public Safety

Brought to you by The Enhanced Mobile Broadband Group

Commercial cellular networks have been driven by the needs of consumer and business users. The exceptional success of cellular has led to excellent economies of scale and constant rapid innovation.

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About the event

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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Hosted by Sepura

Sepura is a global leader in critical communications solutions

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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 - Head of Global TETRA Terminals Product Line, Sepura

Nick Koiza - Head of Security Business, Plextek

Nick heads up Plextek's business in the security market and has a long and successful track record across global security and public safety sectors, where he has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications. He has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications, and has also co-founded and managed Cambridge-based businesses. He began his career with the European Space Agency in Germany where he acted as a member of the Mission Control Team for a spacecraft launched aboard NASA's Space Shuttle. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick holds a Diploma from the University of Cambridge and MSc and BSc honours degrees in Space Science and Computer Science, respectively.

Nils Loftmark - Managing Consultant, Mason Advisory

Richard Martin - Writer, Writecliffs and TETRA Today

SIG Champions

Iris Barcia - COO, Keima

Iris Barcia is Chief Operating Officer and co-owner of Keima, an innovative software company delivering disruptive wireless design solutions worldwide. Iris is an innovator and forward-looking technologist working with the executive teams and engineers at Tier 1 network operators, network infrastructure vendors, neutral-host vendors, government organizations, and international 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. Prior to Keima Iris 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).

George Grayland - Founder, 5GFutures

George Grayland was a Senior Wireless Solutions Manager with Nokia. He has now established 5GFutures to advise organisations on 5G Wireless Systems. George joined Nokia in 1998 and was responsible for Mobile Broadband Networks Solutions working with international and UK MNOs and their 4G network deployments. More recently he worked on 5G Networks, particularly on Massive MIMO trials and deployments. Prior to Nokia George held various positions at Philips Electronics in both R&D and Technical Marketing. He has a BEng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bradford and is a member of the IET. 

Roberto Kompany - Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason , Senior Analyst, Analysys Mason

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.

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Peter Love - 5G Densification Architect, Nokia

Peter has worked in the mobile communications industry for nearly 30 years, firstly at Orbitel UK and then at Nokia Networks. Peter helped developed the first 2G DCS1800 BTSs to Orange and then continued in building a viable business for network planning & optimisation services in the UK. Holding various roles over the years focusing on UK, Europe and global markets Peter is now a principle services architect in the 5G/densification area helping operators globally to make the most appropriate decisions. Until recently he held the office of chair/vice chair of the Small Cells Forum Operations group where he played a significant role for 5 years.

Andy Sutton - Principal Network Architect, British Telecommunications

Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Architecture and Strategy team. He is responsible for 5G end to end network architecture, RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. Andy holds an MSc in mobile communications from the University of Salford and has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN and core architectures and protocols, network dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, network architecture and protocols along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). He also works on low latency and ultra-reliable networks architecture and design. During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, H3G, EE and BT. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and University of Salford. Andy is a chartered engineer and holds fellowships from the IET, BCS and ITP. Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums. Andy also has an interest in the history and heritage of telecommunications and is a CW Heritage SIG Champion.

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

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