'A European network where forces share communications, processes and a legal framework would greatly enforce response to disaster recovery and security against crime. Until now, uncertainty on costs, timescale and functionalities has slowed down integration of national Public Protection & Disaster Relief (PPDR) networks. The lack of interoperable communication systems has impeded the cooperation of PPDR forces, although a strong European commitment has been established through Schengen and Lisbon treaties.
ISITEP will develop procedures, technology and legal agreements to achieve a cost effective solution for PPDR interoperability. ISITEP will demonstrate full radio interface migration for PPDR resources. ISITEP end users will drive requirements to guarantee legal, operational and technical coherence. In addition, a legal agreement template will be proposed for approval between Norway and Sweden within the project timeframe.
The project goals will be obtained through the delivery of the ISITEP framework, which will be based on:
• Mission oriented procedures, functional models and legal agreements
• An European network solution integrating all types of European national PPDR networks through a novel Inter System Interface (ISI) over IP protocol encompassing:
? ETSI standardized ISI among TETRA national networks
? ISI over IP gateways among national TETRAPOL networks
? ISI over IP gateways among TETRAPOL - TETRA networks
• Bi-technology terminals based on smartphones/tablets with PPDR applications
• Supporting tools to assess business sustainability, technology needs and improve training
Through ISITEP, European end users will leverage enhanced terminals in operations abroad within an agreed framework of procedures. This will improve cooperation among European PPDR resources for the benefit of all citizens. European stakeholders will have an economically sustainable solution for sharing national PPDR services. ISITEP’s results will be disseminated by a proper plan leveraging the Consortium, which includes all the manufacturers of national European networks and the main PPDR stakeholders. Furthermore, through ISITEP technology, the European security industry will have new market opportunities.'
'Wireless communications technologies play an irreplaceable role in emergency and disaster relief scenarios. Nevertheless, it is generally acknowledged that existing wireless communication networks frequently fall short of meeting users’ needs and cannot properly support the management of these critical situations.
Project HELP will establish a comprehensive solution framework for supporting public safety communications aspiring to significantly enhance the communication resilience and responsiveness in emergency situations. The envisioned solution framework consists of significantly strengthen the role and commitment of commercial wireless infrastructures in the provision of public safety communications, especially in the case of aftermath crisis scenarios where the exceptional traffic demand can exceed the capacity and coverage provided by any single infrastructure. Only a solution framework targeted to create and exploit synergies of composite radio systems encompassing commercial and PMR networking technologies can address the complex requirements of modern emergency and disaster relief communications.
Project HELP will define and establish the foundations for the development of network and spectrum sharing concepts between networks by identifying outstanding technical advances with respect to current state-of-the art. Project HELP will identify the key features and functional building blocks of the operations and management system needed to achieve a synergic and holistic operation of the composite radio systems.
Project HELP dissemination plan is strongly committed towards the achievement of a qualified wide awareness and support of relevant end users, European industry and research community. It is expected that the resulting solution framework will firmly constitute a solid basis and establish a clear roadmap to drive future research activities, in particular, throughout the development of a large scale phase II demonstration project.'