Recent events have shown that in the aftermath of an emergency, disaster or any related tremendous unexpected events, a reliable communication infrastructure plays an important role in providing critical services including emergency recovery operations, critical infrastructure restoration, post-disaster surveillance etc. In most of the cases, immediately after a large scale disaster, the normal terrestrial network infrastructure is seriously compromised and cannot guarantee reliable and large scale coverage for rescue teams and citizens. Current mission critical communication systems including PPDR (Public Protection for Disaster Relief) systems are heavily limited in terms of network capacity and coverage.
These factors underline an urgent requirement for a rapidly deployable multi-purpose, multi service and multi-band interoperable and integrated network infrastructure capable of supporting reliable high data rate applications to serve large scale disaster emergency situations and the temporary event scenarios.
In response to the requirement to deploy flexible and rapidly deployable resilient network infrastructures, the main goal of ABSOLUTE is so to design and validate through field trials an innovative architecture ensuring reliable communication services in the aforementioned scenarios based on the following main features:
The main project results have been disseminated in many fora and workshop to attract the attention of standardization bodies, first responders, as well as civil authorities. Moreover, the validity of the proposed architecture concept was successfully validated in course of the final demo, held in Paris in September 2016 in front of EC representatives as well as a large audience composed of interested manufacturers, operators and practitioners.
2013 - 2016
Thales Communications and Security, FR
France Telecom, FR
Triagnosys GmbH, DE
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., DE
Center for Research and Telecommunication Experimentation for Networked Communities, IT
University of York, UK
Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, DE
University of Duisburg-Essen, DE
Mira Telecom, RO
British APCO, UK
Agence Nationale des Fréquences, FR
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, AUS
Jozef Stefan Institute, SLO
Nomor Research GmbH, GE