PSCE Conference in Athens 2016

PSC Europe Forum Conference

23 & 24 November 2016


Joint Workshop by COncORDE and IMPRESS (free of charge)

22 November 2016

Athens, Greece

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Key Themes

  • Key Themes

    The key themes of the second PSCE Conference of 2016 are:

    • Border security – control & surveillance
    • Natural disasters
    • Security by Telecommunications in transport
    • Broadband

Preliminary Programme

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Please note that this is a preliminary programme. The programme is subject to change and will be updated as soon as more speakers have confirmed. 

23 November 2016
8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-10.00 General Assembly
  • Approval of the minutes from the General Assembly held in Brussels, Belgium
  • Report of the President and Secretary General
  • Approval of budget for 2017
  • Presentation of new members
10.00-10.15 Coffee break
10.15-10.25 Opening by PSCE President and welcome by KEMEA
10.25-10.45 Keynote Speech by the Greek Ministry of Interior and Administrative reconstruction
10.45-11.05 Internet of Things, Bernhard Steiger, Huawei
11.05-11.15 Elevator pitch: Presentation of the poster session and Demo
Natural disasters: how to prepare for cascading effects
11.15-11.35 'Human behaviour and cascading effects - results of a vignette study (FP7-Project SNOWBALL), Malte Schönefeld, University of Greifswald
11.35-11.55 'Self-reliant paging in South Tyrol' by Markus Rauch, Ministry of Interior of South Tyrol
11.55-12.20 'Action - experience - knowledge, a non-stop algorithm' by Andreas Andrianopoulos, Hellenic Rescue Team
12.20-12.35 Questions
12.35-13.30 Lunch break
PPDR Broadband worldwide:
13.30-13.55 'BroadMap: the story so far...' by David Lund, PSCE
13.55-14.30 ‘FirstNet - Roadmap to the US First Responder's Broadband solution’ by TJ Kennedy, President of FirstNet
14.30-14.45 ‘PSCE activities in standardization’ by Manfred Blaha, PSCE
14.45-15.15 Roundtable/Questions
15.15-15.30 Coffee break
How can telecommunications improve security in transport?
15.30-15.50 'Transport of dangerous goods' Harold Linke, Hitec
15.50-16.10 'How OnStar and vehicle connectivity shape the future of transportation' by Gerrit Riemer, General Motors'




‘Spartacus navigation and communication technologies in crisis management’ by Clemente Fuggini, D’Appolonia



Emergency management during terrorist attacks:

16.50-17.10 ‘The lessons of disaster.Unleasing the power of learning’ by Kenneth Hines, COncORDE EU project
17.10-17.35 'Communications ,Brussels 22-03-2016',by Danny Smet, Belgian Federal Police
Social event (networking dinner)

24 November 2016
09.00-09.30 Enhancing infrastructure cybersecurity in Europe’, by Rosella Mattioli, ENISA
How do we surveillance our borders more effectively?

09.30- 09.50










  • 'Testing the borders of the future' by Panayiotis Mertis, Hellenic Border Police
  • 'Border Control: current and future challenges', by Nicolas Phan, Thales France

       Coffee Break

  • Radars for long distance maritime surveillance and SaR operations (RANGER): Serving the need for safer European seas, by Dimitri Kanakidis, EXUS
  • 'Concepts for Automated Border control & Mobile Solutions', by Andreas Kriechbaum-Zabini, Austrian Institute of Technology
  • 'Early Warning for Increased situational Awareness (EWISA) - Implementation Modalities-Strategy to procure R&D services', by Dr. George Leventakis and Dr. Pantelis Michalis
11.40-12.00 Roundtable
Lessons learned from the migration crisis, a practitioner’s perspective
12.00-12.20 'The Security Implications of the Migration-Refugee crisis: Challenges for Practitioners and Decision-makers', by Triantafyllos Karatrantos, Lecturer at the National Security School of Greece
12.20-12.40 ‘The relevance of information for managing refugee flow’ by Georg Neubaeur, Austrian Insitutte of Technology
12.40-14.30 Lunch


Practical Information

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Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens
10, Alexandras Avenue, Athens, Greece
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From the Athens Airport
The conference is hosted in the Radisson Blu Park Hotel located in the centre of Athens and reachable with a direct shuttle from the airport in 30 minutes. 

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Radisson room

Conference attendees receive a special price on rooms: 125,00 € per night and this includes Wi-Fi internet, buffet supper breakfast, use of the fitness center, sauna, steam bath, use of the swimming pool & all local taxes. To reserve a room please fill out this form and send it to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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Gold sponsor: Huawei

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Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider with the vision to enrich life through communication. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services have been deployed in over 170 countries and regions, serving more than one third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei online:

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Gold sponsor: Swissphone

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Total Redundancy - Self-Reliant Alerting and Communication

Swissphone is a leading European provider of alerting and communication solutions for public safety organisations. Founded in 1969, the family owned company has set the standard since in alerting and critical messaging. 250 employees throughout Europe and the US develop, produce and deploy POCSAG networks and pagers, as well as software solutions for resource management and critical messaging.

Swissphone has built 300+ networks worldwide, offering the lowest Total Cost of Ownership compared to other alerting technologies. Swissphone's base stations provide a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 7.4 years, with many of its historic networks running for 25+ years without any technical issues. Should a customer want to update an old network, all components of the solution are fully backward compatible, allowing gradual, economic upgrades as well as maximum investment protection.

Swissphone's latest ITC5 network generation features up to 9 fallback modes. Its base stations can communicate over the air, independent of any IP backhaul or third-party infrastructure - for example in case of a system failure or power blackout. An extremely fast throughput time minimizes the alerting time. Decentralized alarm triggers alert the entire network from any fire station. The individual base stations can be powered by batteries, solar panels or generators, making the network blackout-proof.

Swissphone's latest s.QUAD pager is by far the most sensitive device in the industry (2 uV/m). It is extremely robust, having passed the 2m drop test on concrete and being water- and dustproof (IP67). Its smart design allows battery autonomy of up to 3 months with one single AA battery and alerts with a sound of > 95 dBA @ 30 cm. A BLE connection to Android and Apple smarthones allows to respond back to the control center, enabling status monitoring and resource management before and after an alert.

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Silver sponsor: Motorola Solutions

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We are a global communications leader powered by a passion to invent and an unceasing commitment to advance the way the world connects.

Our communication solutions allow people, businesses and governments to be more connected and more mobile.

For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http:

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Silver sponsor: Airbus Defence & Space

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Airbus Defence and Space is a word leading company of PMR radio systems, terminals, control room 112 call taking, radio dispatching and applications as well as integration of PMR solutions to public safety and civil customers. Airbus Defence and Space develops, manufactures and distributes to all globally relevant today PMR technologies: TETRA, TETRAPOL and P25 radio infrastructure products as well as radio terminals for TETRA and TETRAPOL.

Airbus Defence and Space has developed TETRAPOL standard, infrastructure and terminal products during the last 20 years. Nationwide TETRAPOL networks are in operation in France, Spain, Switzerland and Check Republic. Airbus Defence and Space provides interfaces from TETRAPOL infrastructure to connect fixed and radio dispatching terminals. Airbus Defence and Space TETRAPOL interfaces can be used to connect a TETRAPOL network to a TETRA network as well as to interface two TETRAPOL networks together with certain set of call functions. Airbus Defence and Space is working for making the European connectivity of the above nationwide networks with those, provided by other manufacturers (Motorola, Selex).

Airbus Defence and Space has also developed over the last 15 years a comprehensive TETRA network for rich set of voice and data for multi-organisation communication, based on the European TETRA standard created by ETSI (European Telecommunication Standard Institute). Airbus Defence and Space TETRA system is the industry leader in large TETRA networks, in functionality and scalability within TETRA systems. Airbus Defence and Space delivers complete TETRA solutions, providing end-to-end solutions from networks, network management, mobile and control room terminals and services. Over the last 10 years Airbus Defence and Space has worked together with TETRA industry and operators to develop the ETSI ISI standard. Airbus Defence and Space has implemented and released the first phase release of this standard, supporting a critical set of TETRA functionalities over the ISI interface. Airbus Defence and Space objective is to deliver full interoperability of TETRA networks to the existing European nationwide networks, delivered by Airbus Defence and Space: Sweden RAKEL, Germany BOSNET, Hungary EDTN, Finland VIRVE, Belgium ASTRID, Estonia EDR.

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