‘Protect, Enhance, Envision, Advance’: CCW 2020 opens its call for papers


The call for CCW 2020 conference content is now open, with organisers Mark Allen Exhibitions expecting it to be the most successful iteration of the show ever.

The theme for the event will be how the critical communications industry can continue to enhance technologies which are working well today, while at the same time looking forward to innovations and future technological developments.

Speaking of the call for papers, conference director Lisa Freeman said: “This is your chance to be involved and have your say at the leading, must-attend event in the industry.
“We invite you to submit your suggestions by Thursday 16th January 2020. You are at liberty to propose content titles, as long as they fit within the overall theme. We can’t wait to hear people’s ideas.”
CCW 2020 content categories include:
An age of uncertainty? 
- Maintaining the status quo: the benefits of retaining and enhancing narrowband networks
- Sustainable transition: what are the challenges in keeping TETRA and other narrowband networks up and running when moving towards mission critical broadband provided by commercial networks?
- 5G: will it be a complement or a replacement?

When will commercial operators be ready to take on the responsibility?
- Contract strategies for mission critical broadband in commercial networks 
- What regulatory or legislation changes are necessary? 
- How can 4G or 5G become robust and secure enough?

Protecting the quality
- How to ensure that broadband voice quality is at least as good as TETRA 
- Does engagement with commercial mass market MNOs have to mean sacrificing mission critical quality levels?
- Who takes responsibility for end-to end network integrity?

The critical communications ecosystem
- Apps and devices: who is doing what? Where and when? 
- Working together: how to ensure the best use of resources to service a niche market
- Smart sustainable cities: moving from proof of concept to reality.

User needs and expectations: a ‘non-technical’ reality check
- Is there a gap between how PPDR organisations actually work and what emerging technologies can offer? Are users ready to make use of the new technology? 
- New possibilities with mission critical broadband: what services are most important for PPDR organisations? 
- Data distraction: With the deluge of data delivered by broadband networks and the IoT, how do we differentiate the vital from the valueless?

Cyber security
- Networks/broadband: Are PPDR users more demanding than users in other verticals?
- Security issues in high volume IoT
- TETRA security is assured and proven but how do we protect critical broadband users? 
- Quantum computing and secure communications: do we need a completely new approach?

Testing, certification and standards
- The importance of testing to ensure seamless interoperability
- Certification: a trusted process or an unnecessary complication?
- Maintaining the standards: What goes on behind the scenes to ensure that 'stuff just works'?

AI and control rooms
- Robotics in public safety services: reality or fiction?
- Where is AI being utilised for critical communications and what are the success stories?
- Security, legal and regulatory concerns in a future AI world.

The deadline for submitting your proposal is Thursday 16th January. Please contact Lisa Freeman if you have any questions about the submission process: lisa.freeman@markallengroup.com.


Philip Mason
Editor, Critical Communications Portfolio
Tel: +44 (0)20 3874 9216