The first full day of CCW in Berlin began with a few personal notes and reminiscences. Mladen Vratonijc the TCCA Chairman gave a note of thanks to Malcolm Quelch who is standing down as Deputy Chairman. On a lighter note the 20th anniversary was noted, and Jeppe Jepsen from Motorola Solutions and Peter Clements of Quixoticity were celebrated as being attendees at the first event 20 years ago, which was also in Berlin. Jeppe still had his coat from this cold show, and had also dug out Peters PowerPoint from the conference!

Andreas Gegenfurtner, President of BDBOS described how the operators are increasingly working together; Europe and the USA today and perhaps other continents in the future.

Janne Koivukoski, DG of rescue services in Finland updated us on the TETRA and Broadband approaches there, which are closely following the Firstnet model. He stressed the importance of collaboration in making these complex projects work.

Stephen Webb Director from the UK Home Office updated us on the progress of the UK ESMCP programme. The roll-out of the network is going well, and in fact some 999 emergency calls have been made in areas which would not have been possible before. There will be a batch approach to the roll out to ensure that users have full continuity of service and confidence in the new technology.Stephen expects that new applications and data sharing capabilities will delight and win-over the users.

Adrian Scrase CTO of ETSI and Harald Ludwig of TCCA Technical Forum chair described the first Push To Talk (MCPTT) plug tests conducted in June 2017. 19 vendors and 140 participants worked to trial their systems and applications, and a 85% success rate was achieved. At the end of the session a group call was attempted and achieved! This was quite different to the early tests of TETRA which Harald attended years ago! The next plug tests will be held soon at the A&M University in Austin Texas which is an ideal location with a Disaster Simulation zone used to train US First Responders. As well as European participants there will be US vendors and organisations involved.

This was an intense intro to what will prove to be a lively and educational day here in Berlin.

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