BAPCO show looks at future of critical communications


What critical communications for public safety might look like in the 2020s was featured at the BAPCO 2020 conference and exhibition, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, this week. The annual two-day event ran dozens of talks, from product suppliers and end users, offering opinions and case studies.

As one conference room heard, while there are a lot of buzz-words – AI, drones, and big data – the emergency services are after solutions that will solve operational problems. One panel discussed what might be the changes in tech for the next five, and ten years. Speakers offered the prospect of communicating with the 999 services not only through voice; but data. The ESN (Emergency Services Network) is – despite delays – due to be operational, finally, which will mean the end of Tetra radio in the UK. What might be the benefits in the field; the ability to access a police, fire or ambulance intranet so as to finish a task while at the scene, on the street. This will mean change in the role of the control room call taker, to a contact manager, it was suggested.


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