12 May 2016 Secure and interoperable communication infrastructures for PPDR organisations
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Abstract
The growing number of events affecting public safety and security (PS&S) on a regional scale with potential to grow up to large scale cross border disasters puts an increased pressure on agencies and organisation responsible for PS&S. In order to respond timely and in an adequate manner to such events, Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) organisations need to cooperate, align their procedures and activities, share the needed information and be interoperable. Existing PPDR/PMR technologies such as TETRA, TETRAPOL or P25, do not currently provide broadband capability nor is expected such technologies to be upgraded in the future. This presents a major limitation in supporting new services and information flows. Furthermore, there is no known standard that addresses interoperability of these technologies.

In this contribution the design of a next generation communication infrastructure for PPDR organisations which fulfills the requirements of secure and seamless end-to-end communication and interoperable information exchange within the deployed communication networks is presented. Based on Enterprise Architecture of PPDR organisations, a next generation PPDR network that is backward compatible with legacy communication technologies is designed and implemented, capable of providing security, privacy, seamless mobility, QoS and reliability support for mission-critical Private Mobile Radio (PMR) voice and broadband data services.

The designed solution provides a robust, reliable, and secure mobile broadband communications system for a wide variety of PMR applications and services on PPDR broadband networks, including the ability of inter-system, interagency and cross-border operations with emphasis on interoperability between users in PMR and LTE.
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Wilmuth Müller, Wilmuth Müller, Hugo Marques, Hugo Marques, Luis Pereira, Luis Pereira, Jonathan Rodriguez, Jonathan Rodriguez, Frank Brouwer, Frank Brouwer, Bert Bouwers, Bert Bouwers, Ilias Politis, Ilias Politis, Asimakis Lykourgiotis, Asimakis Lykourgiotis, Alexandros Ladas, Alexandros Ladas, Olayinka Adigun, Olayinka Adigun, David Jelenc, David Jelenc, } "Secure and interoperable communication infrastructures for PPDR organisations", Proc. SPIE 9849, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2016, 98490D (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2222998; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2222998
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