The three-year NEXES Research and Innovation Action on the development of next generation emergency services is half-way through and, in this issue, we will be looking back over the busy last six months of 2016.
This period could perhaps be called the 3 I’s – implementation, integration and interaction. As you will see, this current issue features various articles underlying the activities undertaken by the NEXES Team that fall within those categories.
NEXES has successfully attained the objectives for Milestone 3 – Start of Integration Activities for NEXES Iteration One: the NEXES core system and the NEXES App API are now implemented, the first iteration of the NEXES Testbed is completed and the NEXES Exercise Plan for NEXES Iteration One is defined and agreed upon by all NEXES partners.
NEXES captured the need for changes and adaptations in the public communications infrastructure to support the advanced capabilities provided by next generation emergency services. Aside from the implementation of a powerful IMS-based service and of an advanced location facility, NEXES considered the importance of delivering new emergency services fully interoperable with existing legacy systems, hence the design and implementation of the NEXES Gateways.
Further, a focused effort was dedicated to the design of emergency Apps capable of embodying the European standardisation and harmonisation effort. The NEXES API is the basis required by any developer wanting to explore the world of next generation emergency Apps.
The NEXES Testbed opens now the opportunity to begin the testing and validation of all NEXES components, as the NEXES Consortium prepares for several demonstrations that will definitely establish NEXES’s added value for citizens and emergency services in Europe and beyond.
As the interaction amongst NEXES partners increases, also the activity to engage key stakeholders in NEXES’s impact generation grows bolder. With the valuable assistance of an experienced and broad-ranging End-Users Advisory Board, NEXES has leveraged its ambitious campaigns of demonstration to raise enthusiasm and momentum towards the paced adoption of next generation emergency services.
In this third edition of the NEXES Newsletter, we present you a selection of articles and news that highlight the accomplishments of the NEXES Consortium. With a special focus on core functions and emergency Apps, NEXES continues its path onward to becoming the first reference implementation of a next generation emergency service.
We kindly invite you to find out more about NEXES at http://nexes.eu.