Workshop on "Next Generation Emergency Services"

Workshop Objectives

The transition to Next Generation networks is often coupled with the vision of innovative services providing personalized and customizable services over an all-IP infrastructure. To enable a smooth transition, Next Generation all-IP networks need not only support more services but also support current vital services, namely emergency services. Emergency services can be classified into the following categories: 1) emergency calls to police, fire brigade, and ambulance, 2) communications between the rescue teams’ members, 3) disaster management and coordination, and 4) emergency warning. This workshop will provide a forum to researchers and industry partners to keep track of the work progress within this field by addressing in particular issues such as security and privacy, integration of social media, and extensions of eCall, in addition to experiences gained in the implementation of the EENA LTD. In more detail, the two latest European projects NEXES RIA and EMYNOS RIA (H2020 framework, DRS 19 – 2014: Communication technologies and interoperability) dealing with Next Generation Emergency services will present their current status and perspectives. Additionally, the Austrian Red Cross will present their vision on Next Generation Emergency Communication (NGEC) and how social media could be helpful in this context.
In addition to the presentations of the key speakers, a panel session will be organized. The Panel will discuss the latest EU and US initiatives related to NG112 & NG911 and how to speed up the migration.


Workshop Chair / Moderator


Dr. Yacine Rebahi has a PhD in mathematics and a Habilitation in computer science. Currently senior researcher at Fraunhofer FOKUS. Prior to joining FOKUS in 2002, he worked at Ericsson Canada on Voice over IP (VoIP) related applications. Dr. Rebahi is an IEEE member and has over 50 publications between journal and conference papers, and book chapters. Dr. Rebahi has been leading several research activities in the context of IP based emergency services (pure SIP, IMS) and Next Generation Networks/Next Generation Mobile Networks security in particular, DoS attacks detection, SPAM mitigation, fraud and service misuse detection, and security for the DIAMETER protocol. Dr. Rebahi is the EMYNOS project coordinator.





Prof.  Henning Schulzrinne received degrees from Darmstadt (Germany) University of Technology, the University of Cincinnati and theUniversity of Massachusetts in Amherst.  He has held research positionsat GMD Fokus, Berlin and Bell Laboratories before joining the faculty ofColumbia University, New York.  From 2004 until 2009, he chaired theDepartment of Computer Science and is now Julian Clarence Levi Professorof Computer Science.  From 2010, he has also served as an EngineeringFellow at the U.S.  Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in 2012,as their CTO.  His research interests encompass real-time networkservices, ubiquitous and mobile computing and network reliability.  He is a co-author of more than 70 RFCs, including RTP, RTSP, SIP and GIST. Prof.  Henning Schulzrinne will discuss on "Standardisation and Implementation of NG911 in US".




Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology. He is currently co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group. Ed is based in Google’s London office, and anywhere else he can plug in his laptop. Ed was the first Chief Technology Officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, and was instrumental in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to Geographical Information. He came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA Applications Manager for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division. He earned a Masters degree in Applied Remote Sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology and holds a Honorary Doctorate in Science from Kingston University, London and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Ed Parsons will discuss on "Advanced Mobile Location: Google's perspectives and implementation".

Dr. Egil Bovim was born in Bergen, Norway, 1948. He graduated (MBBA) from the University of Bergen, 1974, and with an M.Sc from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 1989. He has participated in a number of national and international projects within the field of emergency communication in health. He has held numerous assignments in national and international organisations and represented Norway in several committees. His working experience includes District Medical Officer and Public Health Physician in Norway and Botswana. From 1997 till 2014 he was the director of the National Centre on Emergency Communication in Health, Bergen, Norway. Dr. Egil Bovim will discuss on "Pre-requisites for using data in emergency services".


Dr. Evangelos Markakis holds a PhD from the department of Information & Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean. He has actively participated in more than 15 EU-funded projects. Currently he is working as a Senior Research Fellow for the FP7/ICT-619520 "T-NOVA" project and as Technical Coordinator for the HORIZON 2020 DRS-19-2014 “EMYNOS" one, at PASIPHAE laboratory at the TEI of Crete. His research activities include Interactive Digital Television (DVB), distributed systems and P2P applications, design of large scale Heterogeneous Networks as well as network management and virtualisation techniques, including SDN/NFV concepts. He is a Member of IEEE ComSoc. Dr. Evangelos Markakis will discuss on "The EMYNOS Project: Current Status and Perspectives".




Mr. Cosmin Carjan was born in Bucharest, Romania, 1980. He is currently involved in several Research and Development projects, funded through various EU programmes (Horizon2020/AAL/CIP). He is representing Teamnet, one of the largest integrators in Romania and his role is technical project manager, driving actions towards successful results. He has over 10 years’ experience in the IT industry, covering diverse areas from development to project and product management. He is a Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner and also holds a Masters’ Degree in IT Project Management. Mr. Cosmin Carjan will discuss on "The NEXES Project: Current Status and Perspectives".

Marie Christine BONNAMOUR, the Secretary General of PSCE (Public Safety Communications Europe) since 2009, is specialised in European law and European affairs. She has been working in various EU projects, being responsible for dissemination and communication activities. She has been also working for the medical profession and the police administration at EU level during the last 15 years. Among others, she is leading the dissemination work package for the project Establish Pan-European Information Space to Enhance seCurity of Citizens in disaster situations” (EPISECC). Marie Christine BONNAMOUR, will discuss on "The EPISECC project: Current Status and perspectives".


Born in Graz 1960, Bernhard Messerschmidt has all the steps of a volunteer run through at the Austrian Red Cross. After his studies at the Technical University in Graz and several years as a system engineer and technical consultant he returned in the late 1990s as employee to ARC Styria. Today he is responsible for telecommunications and technical infrastructures of the Dispatch and Command Center. He led different projects to migrate regional Dispatch Centers into advanced operational and technical structures; he also has some experience on converged communication systems. In addition to the technical aspect he is involved in continued development of legal and organizational framework of emergency calls in Austria. Bernhard Messerschmidt will discuss on "The Austrian Red Cross: X years’ experience in Emergency services".




















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