ACCF Release August 2019
This year the Australasian Critical Communications Forum (ACCF), an active participant in the Australian CommsConnect Conferences and workshop events, played an active role in supporting this year’s TCCA’s Critical Communications World (CCW) 2019 conference and exhibition 17-19 June.
Since Kuala Lumpur is at the heart of one of the most vibrant critical communications markets in the world – the Far East, and in particular Southeast Asia, it was therefore a great opportunity for the industry and users to come together to absorb valuable learning in order to get ahead of the game in the coming year.
Produced by TCCA, CCW is the leading event for all stakeholders in mission-critical and business-critical communications looking for unparalleled access to authoritative content, up-to-the-minute policy, insight and intelligence alongside real-world case studies and best practice advice; combined with the latest technological innovations
During the event which attracted over 4000 visitors the vast scope of critical communications was reflected in the Masterclass and Conference programme with contributions from industry experts across the spectrum. These included representatives from 3GPP, TCCA, manufacturers, integrators and national operators as well as a range of vertical markets with the conversation around the shift from narrowband to broadband. It’s clear that 4G and 5G alongside other apparently game changing technology such as AI and big data analysis, has the potential to revolutionise how we do business.
Exhibition: The exhibition as part of the CCW2019 Kuala Lumpur event showed a great deal of innovation on show from many global manufacturers and integrators. In the exhibition hall there were more companies than last year (CCW2018 Berlin) displaying portfolios of mission critical communications solutions, new terminals including a VHF TETRA terminal and base station, multimode terminals, hybrid solutions (LMR/LTE) gateways and repeaters and AI based video and control and command security solutions.
A large space on the exhibition floor was occupied by Critical Communications Finland (CCF), a conglomeration of agencies and manufacturers representing the critical communications work currently taking place in that part of the world.
The Australasian Critical Communications Forum featured with an information booth in the exhibition hall representing all its members and supported a Masterclass “Insights into Malaysian and APAC critical communications”, chaired by Kevin Graham, Director, Australasian Critical Communications Forum.
Conference Sessions: Conference sessions led by major players in the industry covered a range of topics that are at the heart of the sector. Highlights of the conference included session by 3GPP chair Georg Mayer on the progress being made in relation to 3GPP standardisation of mission critical features. Mayer began by giving an update on the ongoing standardisation process, with Release 16 scheduled to be completed by March of next year, and 17 starting around the same time. The standardisation of 5G began with Release 15 several years ago, and in his words it is now clear “what 5G will look like in the first deployment phases”.
The conference sessions and exhibition also highlighted the ongoing relevance of existing open standard narrowband technologies such as TETRA and P25 globally. The innovation that is continuing with these technologies, the standards, and real life deployments and significant investment in network and subscriber refreshes reaffirms the confidence in the capability such are delivering. The event also demonstrated how users are embracing and exploiting the rich messaging/data and security capabilities beyond voice communications while they consider augmentation with mission critical broadband.
Country Public Safety Mobile Broadband Proposals: A series of conference presentations looked at specific national roll-outs of critical communications. Malaysia which currently provides first-responders with nationwide TETRA coverage in the form of the Sapura Research-developed Government Integrated Radio Network (GIRN) has embarked on efforts to improve the country’s connectivity through its national fiberisation and connectivity plan, a development which was announced in October 2018.
The Malaysia-centred presentations were followed by two more that focussed on specific national public safety communications systems. The first of these was delivered by president of BDBOS Andreas Gegenfurtner, Germany where BDBOS is currently upgrading the German PPDR national TETRA network with its next phase that will provide the migration of data and voice to broadband.
Nina Myren from the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) discussed the situation in that country and Norway’s experience with roaming between national TETRA networks, with its own system (Nødnett) already linked with Sweden’s – Rakel – and Finland’s – Virve. She stated that in the future, it is likely that all public safety [critical communications] services will run over commercial networks or in close co-operation with them. It allows the users to get experience with that future, which has great value for us but no big risk as we are not [swapping] Nødnett for something else.”
AI and video surveillance: There was a real sense at CCW 2019 that the industry is taking future mission-critical communications technology seriously. Whereas in previous years this would have meant LTE, however – at least in the main – the disruptive technologies of today are now increasingly considered to be 5G, artificial intelligence and so on.
Masterclasses: Masterclasses during the event included streams ‘Tetra Today and Tomorrow’, ‘Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation Across Transport, Utilities and Industry’, ‘The Global Flavour of Critical Broadband’, and a ‘Critical Broadband Masterclass’ that provided a reality check in relation to mission-critical broadband terminals, highlighting the industry’s dependence on chipset manufacturers where the interest in private broadband networks for non-public-safety verticals “may help stimulate a virtuous cycle of innovation that drives the industry forward”.
Other Masterclasses concentrated on exploring the broader strategic picture of different models for mission-critical networks and paths complimentary to, or as potential future replacements, for existing narrowband digital technologies . For instance, dedicated, shared RAN with dedicated spectrum usage; shared RAN with dynamic spectrum usage; and secure MVNO – comprising LTE MCPTT/MCVideo, VoLTE, MBB and NB-IoT, and the second phase in development comprising of the adoption of 5G New Radio for high and flexible capacity, along with URLLC (ultra-reliable low-latency communications).
A Masterclass “Insights into Malaysian and APAC critical communications” was chaired by Kevin Graham, Director, Australasian Critical Communications Forum. In depth discussion on mission critical communications in the Asian region with case studies in key vertical markets, including government/public sector, transport, energy and resources & industrial were presented
CommsConnect Melbourne & Critical Comms World Events
Prior to its participation in CCW2019 Kuala Lumpur, the Australasian Critical Communications Forum (ACCF) provided a workshop at the CommsConnect event in Sydney (June 2019) and post CCW ACCF’s Kevin Graham also presented at the ARCIA workshop in Brisbane (July 2019).
The ACCF will support the CommsConnect event in Melbourne, 26-28 November 2019 by conducting an ACCF/TCCA workshop with presentations by local and international experts in critical standardised communications incl. TETRA/P25/DMR and M/C Broadband 4G and 5G and Hybrid solutions.
CommsConnect Melbourne is the number one event for critical communications users and industry in the region https://melbourne.comms-connect.com.au/
Critical Communications World (CCW) is TCCA’s flagship event, and the 2020 event lands in Madrid on the 17-19 June 2020. https://www.critical-communications-world.com/ .The CCW events have now been running for over twenty years across the globe, bringing together users, in both private and public sector, the latest technology services, regulators and many more, to give them unparalleled access to authoritative content and unrivalled networking opportunities.
The Australasian Critical Communications Forum (ACCF) is a chapter of the TCCA – for more information on the ACCF, TCCA or CCW refer to www.criticalcommsforum.com.au and www.tcca.info,