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User requirement questionnaires live!

The main user questionnaires are live! They have been circulated to EAB members and other user contacts with a latest response date of 31st May. There are three sections - End User / End User Support / Temporary Events. The responses will contribute to the user requirement deliverable D2.2.2. Any help with or comments on user liaison and requirements - please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jim Strother, 22nd April

User requirement work continues

The prelminary questionnaire circulated to EAB members elicited 14 responses. A summary of these is circulated with EAB bulletin #2 - out soon. Early user views were represented at the quarterly project meeting last week in Munich.

Work now continues on the main user requirement questionnaire, deliverable D2.2.1, due by the end of March.

Any help with, or comments on, user liaison and requirements - contact Jim Strother at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jim Strother, 25.2.13

First EAB Meeting

The first meeting of the External Advisory Board took place on Monday 18th February 2013 in Paris. Members came from Romania, Australia, Germany and Brazil. Highlights of the discussion on user requirements were:

  • Romania: A scenario of a forest fire was introduced, where a mobile communications vehicle was placed at the edge of the incident area, with satellite communication back to the remote HQ. Absolute aerial platforms would be extremely useful in extending coverage over the incident area, whereas currently an ad hoc Tetra network would be created only along the edge of that area.
  • Australia: The four main emergencies dealt with by the State Emergency Service in New South Waleds are fire, floods, cyclones/storms and tsunami. A variety of key communications requirements were described, including transmission of GIS mapping and other data to and from smart devices and field tablets, live streaming of hand held and helmet cams footage.  In large scale emergencies/disasters as many as 12 different emergency services require radio bandwidth. The long-term nature of some of these incidents was emphasised particularly flooding, which may last for many weeks. The two-way nature of communication through social networks, SMS texting with affected  isolated communities was stressed, alongside first responder needs.
  • Germany: Two scenarios were presented:
Read more: First EAB Meeting

Welcome to the ABSOLUTE Project Website

The ABSOLUTE – Aerial Base Stations with Opportunistic Links For Unexpected & Temporary Events – project is a highly ambitious FP7 initiative to design and validate an innovative rapidly deployable future network architecture which is resilient and capable of providing Broadband multi-service, secure and dependable connectivity for large coverage areas affected by large scale unexpected events (or disasters) leading to the partial or complete unavailability of the terrestrial communication infrastructure or for temporary events leading to the demand for very high throughput and augmented network capacity.

 

In addition, the ultimate commitment of ABSOLUTE is to provide reference implementations for an interoperable and backward compatible solution, and relevant regulatory and standardization efforts, enabling quick adoption of 4G communication technologies to remarkably improve the disaster recovery and crisis management preparedness of all relevant public safety and security stakeholders in Europe and worldwide.

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Thales Communications & Security
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Project start date
1 October 2012

Duration
36 Months

Funding Scheme
FP7 Integrated Project (IP)

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