An aggressive work plan to revolutionize communications for organizations within the public protection and disaster relief sector has been adopted by Project MESA. The plan was agreed during the sixth plenary meeting of Project MESA, which was held in Ottawa in April and brought together governmental and industrial scientists and experts from ten countries in North America and Europe, as well as the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA), the South Korean telecommunications standards body.

The project is an international partnership project between two of the world's leading standards development organizations, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) of the US. The new development plan includes a programme for the completion of the remaining research and technological development activities required to meet the advanced needs of users. Project MESA has recognized that the application of completely new thinking in the field of radio technology and wireless networking is required, and has reviewed many new proposals.

During the meeting in Ottawa, a programme for future technical work was planned, and it was decided that some of the key technologies to drive these requirements should be based on fully wireless system infrastructures, which have never been realized before. The plan foresees the completion of the necessary technical specifications as early as the end of 2004.