In March 2022, the BroadWay project consortium, led by Airbus, held a demonstration showcasing their solution. BroadWay’s consortium organized the showcase after completing the technical feasibility tests during the project’s second phase. The demo is an essential milestone in the project’s development, which has entered its third, final phase. 

The BroadWay project is an EU-funded research initiative building a pan-European communication system for public order and safety services using mobile broadband technology. It intends to show how the services can cross countries’ borders while remaining connected to their operational hierarchy and being able to collaborate with colleagues from other countries on cross-border missions.

The recently demonstrated solution allows joining groups from one MCX system to another and maintaining harmonized quality, priority, and preemption profiles during roaming across different mobile networks. As a result, organizations with the same prioritized access to radio resources can communicate with each other without the need to disclose end-user details or operational details of individual systems.

One of the challenges Airbus has addressed in the BroadWay project is to define a concept that would enable interoperability while protecting the security and control of each organization. It’s about protecting the end-user information while efficiently sharing a fully operational multi-media communication channel,

explains Eric Davalo, Head of Sales & Program Delivery Europe at Airbus SLC.

BroadWay project’s final pilot phases are planned for June/July 2022. They will focus on the simulation of a forest fire in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the interception of drug smuggling in Kerkrade, the Netherlands.  

BroadWay’s Airbus-led consortium members for phase 3 are BICS (Belgium), StreamWide Technology (France), VodafoneZiggo (Netherlands), Telekom Slovenia (Slovenia), and LMT (Latvia). Pentatech (Poland) and umlaut (Germany) are part of the consortium as subcontractors.

The BroadWay Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and development program under Grant Agreement No. 786912.