'The Evolution of First Responder Communications' as seen by Central Government, Emergency Services and Network Operators

Cambridge, UK, 19th November 2013. Security technology specialists from the UK and USA will

come together on 26th November at ‘The Evolution of First Responder Communications - Making

the Most of Available 4G Services’ event to discuss developments that could pave the way for

the future of the emergency services in the UK. Jointly organised by Cambridge Wireless and ICT KTN,

the half day event will be hosted by Deloitte – specialists in auditing and corporate finance

– at its London offices.

public safety users, it is imperative that the standards environment is aligned. With LTE Release 12

being developed to support group communications within the next three to seven years, this event

near future.

With the introduction of multiple 4G commercial service providers this year, the event will ask if

now is a good time to review the direction of the development of professional two-way wireless

communications services. Can first responders such as police, fire and ambulance depend on the

commercially-based services? Do they have the level of security, reliability and resilience required

by the emergency services?

Gordon Shipley, ESMCP Programme Manager at the Home Office says: “The Emergency Service Mobile

Communications Programme (ESMCP) is attempting to procure a national critical voice and broadband

data service for police, fire and ambulance services. The current service is expensive and only

supports narrow-band data so ESMCP will go to the telecommunications market in 2014 to invite

proposals for ESN from late 2016 as the current service contracts begin to expire. 4G LTE is a

serious contender for ESN.”

This event brings together central government, users on the ground, network operators and other

suppliers to discuss user requirements and supplier expectations of what to provide in a 2-3 year

timespan, including the provision of emergency service specific smartphone and tablet based


Euros Evans, CTO of Airwave adds: “Mobile communications and technology will continue to be a

critical enabler to support frontline public safety users. It’s imperative to highlight the

vital service capabilities currently needed to deliver mission critical voice and data

communications. There must also be consideration for spectrum, as well as the role of standards

bodies and industry vendors.”

The Cambridge Wireless Security & Defence SIG event is supported by ICT KTN and lunch is kindly

supplied by Selex ES. For more information on this event or to register, please visit the Cambridge

Wireless website: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/events

About Cambridge Wireless (CW):

CW is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and

application of wireless & mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With 400

members from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and

universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to

build connections between academia and industry.

CW's 18 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide its members with a dynamic forum where they can

network with their peers, track the latest technology trends and business developments and position

their organisations in key market sectors. CW also organises the annual Future of Wireless

International Conference and Discovering Start-ups competition along with other high-quality

industry networking events and dinners. With headquarters at the heart of Cambridge, UK, CW partners

forefront of global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit:


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