In November 2018 Public Safety Communications – Europe (PSCE) and the Australian Radio and Communications Industry Association (ARCIA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share information regarding the development and use of wireless and associated communications technologies by Public Safety Agencies (or in the Public Safety sector).
The agreement results from the recognition that developments in the technologies are now becoming more common globally than in previous times. The existing dialogue between ARCIA and PSCE has highlighted the benefits of sharing information which will support the development of policy positions and active advocacy on behalf of their respective memberships.
Through the agreement, the organisations will have the ability to exchange on common issues in the global wireless industry. The underlying aim is to share information that delivers products and services crucial to the safety and quality of life of people and communities as the world becomes ever more connected on a daily basis.
Whilst representing the needs of the greater European Union the PSCE is primarily involved in those sectors operating around the First Responder groups and offers an opportunity for the sharing of information amongst many industry and research segments. Over recent years ARCIA has also offered support to Government users in Australia, including being a resource for information on Public Safety Mobile Broadband and offering advice to the regulator across many industry sectors.
ARCIA Executive Officer Ian Miller signed the agreement at the recent Comms Connect conference in Melbourne witnessed by Dr David Lund, Board member of PSCE, and Harold Linke, President of PSCE counter-signed the agreement at the PSCE Conference held in Bled during December 2018.