At a meeting of the MESA Project attended by over 50 participants from Europe, the US, Canada and China, important steps were taken to bring broadband mobile communications to the public safety communities in both Europe and North America with five new proposals by manufacturers being received. These technical contributions will now form the basis for specifications and standards that specify enhanced capability requirements for future Public Safety and Disaster Relief systems.

These latest proposals are just part of ongoing initiatives as Project MESA Organisational Partners, including European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) members, continue to facilitate government and industry dialogue on next generation digital systems to be utilized by public safety, security and emergency users.

The chair of the meeting stated: “The vendor proposals included ways to coordinate and leverage the latest networking standards, to ensure that ‘Incident Area Networking Technologies’ can work seamlessly in these highly demanding situations. Examples of the technologies covered in the proposals are: cdma2000“ EVDO, W-CDMA, variations of 802.11, 802.16 and satellite technologies.”