Eurescom mess@ge 3/2008
Public Safety and ICT
Threats to public safety are abundant - they include natural
disasters, terrorist attacks and accidents in plants. Information and
communication technologies can help avoid incidents or reduce their impact.
This issue provides an overview on the current status of public safety and
ICT and highlights some advanced ICT solutions to public-safety challenges.
Public Safety and ICT - Preventing incidents
and minimizing their impacts
Every year, natural or man-made disasters take many lives and cause severe
damage. After disaster has struck we ask ourselves, whether anything could
have been done in order to avoid the incident or to reduce its impact. ICT
already plays a significant role in this. Eurescom mess@ge editor Uwe Herzog
explains what is done in this area in Europe and what the unused potential
ICT has in improving public safety.
Wireless Sensor Networks for Homeland Security
Homeland security and, more specifically, perimeter/area surveillance for
intrusion detection is one of the most promising Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)
applications. FP6 project UbiSec&Sens developed a demonstrator of a Wireless
Sensor Network (WSN) for Homeland Security, which is presented in this
article by Augusto Casaca and Antonio Grilo from INOV, Portugal.
DeHiGate - Deployable High-Capacity Gateway
for emergency services
The Deployable High Capacity Gateway has been developed in the Celtic
DeHiGate project to give emergency services new and innovative
communications capabilities in emergency operations. It adds a deployable
wireless network capability to the emergency network infrastructures
recently deployed in many European nations. Bjørn Rossow from Thales Norway
gives an overview on DeHiGate.
ICT challenges in emergency management -
Interview with TIEMS President Kåre Harald Drager
ICT has profoundly changed public safety and particularly emergency
management. Eurescom mess@ge editor-in-chief Milon Gupta talked to Kåre
Harald Drager, an internationally renowned expert in this field, about the
future of ICT and emergency management.
Public safety networks of the future -
Celtic projects HNPS and FT PSC
To provide a new type of service for public safety, such as video and
transmission of large images, safety radio networks have to support
broadband communications. Furthermore, To provide a resilient and reliable
communication in the areas where communication infrastructure does not exist
or had been destroyed, a deployable ad-hoc communication system has to be
available. Read the report by Harold Linke and Adrian Boukalov about Celtic
projects Heterogeneous Network for Public Safety (HNPS) and Federated
Testbed for Public Safety Communication (FT PSC), which are addressing these
issues, focusing on the future public safety communication networks