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.