NEXES Workshop Unites Emergency Services Stakeholders in Finland
RINICOM, a leading provider of wireless broadband mesh communications and surveillance systems, announced its participation at the NEXES Initial Concept Validation Workshop in Tampere, Finland, on November 3rd 2015. The workshop brought together a group of more than 25 professionals in the academia, public service and industry domains dealing with emergency services.
The exclusive one day workshop focused specifically on the challenges facing emergency services as they strive to integrate the new IP-based technologies. The workshop aimed to address four areas that are considered essential in order to achieve NEXES success: Current Structures, Processes and Technologies in Today’s Emergency Services, NEXES Reference Scenarios, NEXES User Requirements and NEXES Key Performance Indicators. To outreach and engage the local emergency services community, Marko Nieminen, the Director of the Emergency Response Centre Services at the Emergency Response Centre Administration (ERCA), was invited as a VIP guest speaker. He presented the development of the emergency response centre services in Finland, as they innovate the 112 Finnish model to change from 15 centres to a 6-centre network and to one virtual PSAP and to adopt a new technological system with eCall, total conversation, social media and advanced mobile location. Details of the ERICA System were disclosed by INSTA DefSec, a partner of the NEXES Consortium.
“I am proud of the outstanding work that has been carried out by the NEXES Consortium and for being the Coordinator of this endeavor and a part of the team that obtained a European mandate to create the next generation emergency services; one of RINICOM’s most gratifying challenges. We are working hard to bring this project into fruition.”, said Mr. Marco Manso, the Director of Innovation at RINICOM and the NEXES Action Coordinator.
Both speakers and attendees shared their experiences and views throughout the NEXES Workshop, contributing to the success of the event and the formation of significant connections. The success of the inaugural NEXES Workshop inspired innovation, creativity and ambition, through the professionally-executed merge of leading next generation ideas and deep personal interaction, and left the best references for the upcoming Workshop next year.
NEXES is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 653337. NEXES will research and validate the integration of internet-based communication technologies and interoperability into the next generation emergency services, enabling (i) the use of total conversation capabilities; (ii) the exploitation of improved location; and (iii) the enhanced interoperability and shared awareness among emergency services, to the benefit of a more secure society.