NEXES Features the Horizon 2020 Security Catalogue

NEXES Sets A New Standard for Next Generation Emergency Services

The NEXES RIA is part of the most recent catalogue of security-related projects funded by the European Union, coined H2020 Security Catalogue. This catalogue provides an overview of all research and innovation actions currently supported by Horizon 2020 Security Research budget.

Featuring the crisis management section, NEXES is a research and innovation action that aims to design and implement the next generation emergency services by innovating emergency communications with total conversation capabilities, by integrating advanced location information and by promoting enhanced situational awareness and interoperability to point safety answering points, emergency response organisations and first responders. NEXES also innovates with the exploitation of the incorporation of automated emergency calls, including eCall, in the emergency response effort.

NEXES’s participation in the H2020 Security Catalogue 2016 is part of the NEXES Consortium dissemination effort, focusing on building awareness and generating promotion to the NEXES RIA, by getting NEXES, its ambitious goals and expected benefits known to relevant target audiences, and then fostering those audiences’ engagement with NEXES’s early adoption.

NEXES Announces Two New Advisory Board Members

The Bradford Strategic Disability Partnership and the Association of Chief Fire Officers Bring New Insight to the NEXES End-Users Advisory Board

The NEXES Consortium announces the recruitment of two new members to the NEXES End-Users Advisory Board. Joining the NEXES End-Users Advisory Board are the Bradford Strategic Disability Partnership, a UK-based governmental group that liaises with numerous local disability groups, and the Association of Chief Fire Officers, a trade union that has been quite active in the definition of new communication systems for emergency services.

Responsible for the steering and growth of the NEXES End-users Community, the NEXES End-users Advisory Board now counts with more than 30 enthusiastic members. The West Yorkshire Police (WYP) is the organisation responsible for coordinating the NEXES End-users Advisors in 15 countries across Europe, South America and the United States, and for leading the activities that promote the close involvement of this community with the NEXES Action and Partners.

“As NEXES sharpens its focus on improving the capabilities of emergency services and saving the lives of men, women and children in emergency situations, we welcome the addition of these two outstanding new Advisory Board members,” said Marco Manso, Director of Innovation of RINICOM UK and Coordinator of NEXES. “Their global experience and expertise in accessibility features and civil society engagement and emergency communications and management will strengthen NEXES’s ability to take innovation to scale and increase our impact around the world.”

NEXES Welcomes a Prestigious New Advisor

NEXES Announces Mr. Gyula Bara, the EU 112 Policy Officer, As The Most Recent Entry to the NEXES Advisory Board

The NEXES Consortium announces a new addition to its elite End-Users Advisory Board: Mr. Gyula Bara. Mr. Bara is the Policy Officer responsible for 112 within the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT), dedicated to the development and implementation of the EU’s Digital Agenda. Mr. Bara’s expertise and long-time experience dealing with the adoption of the 112 emergency number across Europe and associated regulatory issues is critical to assist the NEXES Consortium in creating the next generation emergency services.

Responsible for the steering and growth of the NEXES End-users Community, the NEXES End-users Advisory Board now counts with more than 30 enthusiastic members. The West Yorkshire Police (WYP) is the organisation responsible for coordinating the NEXES End-users Advisors in 14 countries across Europe, South America and the United States, and for leading the activities that promote the close involvement of this community with the NEXES Action and Partners.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Gyula Bara to our Advisory Board,” said Marco Manso, Director of Innovation at RINICOM UK and NEXES Coordinator. “As the reach and impact of NEXES becomes increasingly global, Advisory Board members with their breadth of experience are essential assets to the NEXES Consortium. These highly successful experts play a vital role in guiding NEXES in its mission to spearhead the next generation emergency services and promote innovation and excellence in emergency services worldwide.”

NEXES Heard at DG CONNECT on 112 Numbering Issues

NEXES Is Important for the Ongoing European Regulation Effort on Emergency Communications

The NEXES Consortium announces the invitation by the DG CONNECT of the European Commission to participate in the “Advanced Numbering Systems for Communications Services in the Digital Single Market” workshop, held in Brussels in the context of the ongoing public consultation on the evaluation and review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services.

This invitation follows the work performed by the NEXES Consortium regarding the integration of new IP-enabled technologies in emergency services and the discussion of how these technologies affect the future of 112 communications, namely with respect to routing, prioritisation, bandwidth and quality of service. The NEXES Consortium’s perspective has been presented to the high-level audience of European policy-makers and telecommunications operators.

“Once again, the fantastic job of the NEXES partners has been acknowledged by European officers. Our work on the future of 112 communications promises to shed a light in the definition of a new regulatory framework for electronic communications, and NEXES is particularly focused in integrating over-the-top operators into the emergency communications loop”, said the Director of Innovation at RINICOM UK and NEXES Coordinator Marco Manso. “NEXES demonstration activities, such as exercises and pilots, will definitely exploit end-to-end emergency calls that simulate internet app services provider to assess security, reliability and trust aspects.”.

NEXES Announces New Advisors

The Italian Beta80 Company and the Belgian EVapp Project Share Their Expertise with the NEXES Advisory Board

The NEXES Consortium announced today that two new members have been selected to serve on the Action’s End-Users Advisory Board. The new members are the Italian Beta 80 company responsible for creating the EMMA PSAP system in Italy, represented by Mr. Bergonza Luca and Mr. Francesco Silanos, and the Belgian EVapp project aiming to develop a smartphone application to mobilise professional volunteers in emergencies, represented by the project’s coordinator Mr. Steven Vercammen.

Responsible for the steering and growth of the NEXES End-users Community, the NEXES End-users Advisory Board now counts with more than 30 enthusiastic members. The West Yorkshire Police (WYP) is the organisation responsible for coordinating the NEXES End-users Advisors in 14 countries across Europe, South America and the United States, and for leading the activities that promote the close involvement of this community with the NEXES Action and Partners.

NEXES Coordinator and Director of Innovation at RINICOM UK Marco Manso welcomed the new members to the NEXES End-Users Advisory Board, who bring with them a fresh perspective and a different personal approach. I know that their service and commitment will provide enormous benefits to the Advisory Board and the NEXES RIA as a whole.” NEXES Coordinator also added, “As our Board continues to evolve, we have been able to move forward and progress because of the diversity of our Advisors’ membership.”

NEXES RIA Hits First Major Milestone

NEXES Announces First Milestone in Effort to Develop Next Generation Emergency Services

The NEXES Consortium announces that a significant milestone has been reached in the research and innovation effort to develop the next generation emergency services. Today, the NEXES Consortium held the Milestone 1 meeting, presenting the work conducted thus far with respect to the status quo of emergency models, reference scenarios, user requirements and key performance indicators, based on the extensive contributions of the NEXES End-User Community.

This work is instrumental to move forward to the NEXES RIA’s development phase, where the design and architecture of the NEXES System will be defined and implemented, a pan-European Emergency App standard established and a Testing Regime and Validation Framework created to assess the value and benefits of next generation emergency services, with total conversation capabilities, enhanced location features and improved interoperability qualities. Once the Initial NEXES Prototype and the Advanced NEXES Prototype are ready for deployment, increasingly challenging pilots will be conducted to validate NEXES’s positive impact in emergency services across Europe and beyond.

“I am proud of the outstanding work that has been carried out by the NEXES Consortium and I want to thank the each member of the team who created the NEXES’s first deliverables. Being the Coordinator of this endeavour and a participating part of the team that obtained a European mandate to create the next generation emergency services is one of the most gratifying achievements in my professional career, and I am looking forward for this research and innovation action to come to fruition.”, said Mr. Marco Manso, the Director of Innovation at RINICOM UK and NEXES Coordinator.

NEXES Welcomes New End-User Advisors

The 112 Basque Country and the 112 GENCAT Join the NEXES End-users Community

The NEXES Consortium has unanimously welcomed two new members to its End-users Advisory Board.

The 112 Basque Country and the 112 GENCAT emergency services join NEXES as end-user advisors and are nominated as the NEXES ambassadors in Spain, a country that was not yet contemplated in the End-users Advisory Board.

Both Emergency Services have presented their organisations and defined the main NEXES’s innovations that are of their interest, namely the adoption of IP-based technologies to promote total conversation capabilities in the communication with citizens, enhanced location features, improved interoperability amongst emergency services and IP-based eCall connectivity.

Responsible for the steering and growth of the NEXES End-users Community, the NEXES End-users Advisory Board now counts 34 participating members. The West Yorkshire Police (WYP) is the organisation responsible for coordinating the NEXES End-users Advisors in 14 countries across Europe, South America and the United States, and for leading the activities that promote the close involvement of this community with the NEXES Action and Partners.

“From May 2015, the NEXES End-users Community has grown from a European initiative to a broad global movement. The interest of these two very important Emergency Services in NEXES strengthens our base of activities in Europe, and leads the way to further growth” said Mr. Marco Manso, the Director of Innovation at RINICOM UK and Coordinator of the NEXES RIA.

NEXES Presents Two New Advisory Board Members

UK Specialists in Emergency Communications & Services Join the NEXES Community

The NEXES Consortium announced two new members to its End-users Advisory Board: Professor Babak Akghbar, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC) and Chief Inspector Ian Thompson of the North Yorkshire Police and a member of the Executive Committee of British-APCO (British Association of Public Safety Communications Officers).

With the two new members, the NEXES End-users Advisory Board is now comprised of 32 representatives in academia, public service, industry and NGOs with expertise in emergency services, citizenship and innovation engineering. The Board members provide contributions and recommendations on how to address the opportunities and challenges of the next generation emergency services, connecting academia and industry with the evolving needs of public emergency services and of citizens, and scale NEXES’s unique value proposition.

Funded by the European Commission, the NEXES Research and Innovation Action has taken on the mission to create the pan-European reference implementation of next generation emergency services for the benefit of our society.

“We believe that the members of our End-users Advisory Board are essential to help us connect with the academia, the government, the end-users and industry leaders to achieve the NEXES vision. We are thrilled to welcome top-quality specialists such as Professor Babak Akghbar and Chief Inspector Ian Thompson to our community.”, said Mr. Marco Manso, Director of Innovation at RINICOM UK and the Coordinator of the NEXES Research and Innovation Action.

NEXES Forms the Transatlantic Bond with NENA

The US National Emergency Number Association Joins NEXES Advisory Board

The NEXES Consortium, a group aiming to foster a reference implementation for next generation emergency services, announced the US National Emergency Number Association (NENA) as a new member of its End-users Advisory Board.

NEXES and NENA have agreed to exchange valuable experience and insight on the design, implementation and deployment of next generation emergency services. These services will benefit from IP-enabled technologies to perform more effectively in terms of communication with the citizen, emergency location and interoperability amongst emergency response agencies, thus providing a true universal, democratic and inclusive public service.

NEXES Coordinator and Director of Innovation at RINICOM UK, Mr. Marco Manso stated “We are delighted to benefit from NENA’s experience on the development of NEXES. NEXES is designed to revolutionise emergency services anywhere. With a number of years developing the NG911 standard, NENA is one of the best advisors we could have to help us further develop NEXES and make it the very best we can offer to the emergency services community? We expect the collaboration to provide the NEXES RIA with important information and guidance as we continue the NEXES development process.”

As part of the NEXES-NENA partnership, the NEXES End-users Advisory Board will promote awareness about next generation emergency services and provide review and input on the NEXES implementation from its members. The final contributions will be part of the NEXES RIA and of the NEXES’s contributions to standardisation efforts in Europe about the 112 emergency number.

New End-User Advisors Join the NEXES Community

Emergency Services Stakeholders in Turkey Value Next Generation Technologies

The NEXES Consortium, a leader in the integration of IP-based technologies in emergency services, has added seven new members to its End-Users Advisory Board.

The Izmir Police, the Izmir Metro, the EMT and Paramedic Association, the Turkish Amateur Radio Users Association, the Izmir North State Hospitals, the Association for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and the Distance Learning Centre of the Dokuz Eylul University have expressed their interest to join the NEXES initiative and exchange valuable perspectives on how to build a reference implementation of next generation emergency services.

“We are thrilled to welcome these new End-user from Turkey to the NEXES End-users Advisory Board,” said Mr. Marco Manso, Director of Innovation at RINICOM UK and the Coordinator of the NEXES Research and Innovation Action. “All of these organisations play a particular role in times of emergency and crisis and their perspectives will make contributions to the NEXES vision. Their ideas and insights will provide further fuel for our continued growth and will support NEXES’s role as a pan-European and global reference to advanced emergency services.”

The NEXES Action ambitions to bring the new IP-based technologies to the realm of emergency services, providing total conversation, improved location and enhanced interoperability capabilities as well as to become the benchmark for next generation emergency services.

With 17 partners and a large End-users community, the NEXES Action has grown rapidly since its inception in May 2015. The early success of this Action signals a continued strong need in the marketplace for innovative and relevant solutions in next generation emergency services.