Critical Communications World 2023: the present and future of critical communications is here

19 May 2023

This year, Leonardo and its technologies will once again be in the spotlight at Critical Communications World 2023 (CCW), the most eagerly awaited event in the mission critical communications sector. The company - which has been nominated for the prestigious International Critical Communication Awards (ICCA), which celebrate excellence in the sector - will also be involved in a wide-ranging programme of meetings and conferences.

All is set for the most important event in the mission critical communications sector, Critical Communications World (CCW), scheduled for 23 to 25 May at the Messukeskus Centre in Helsinki. The event, promoted and organised by The Critical Communications Association (TTCA), brings the main international stakeholders together each year to encourage the development and promotion of standardised solutions for professional communications.

Not just products and services, which are among the most innovative on the market, but also conferences and round tables to share the knowledge and strategies existing in the sector. Also anticipated this year is the designation of the prestigious International Critical Communication Awards to honour the products, organisations and people deemed to have contributed most to the development of critical communications.

The Leonardo technologies on show

As Gold Sponsor of the event, Leonardo will be presenting - within the Group’s dedicated area (Stand L29) - some of the latest solutions in the mission critical secure-by-design ecosystem, including the Communications Service Platform - Mission Critical Services (CSP-MCX): a solution compliant with the Third Generation Partnership Project  (3GPP) that enables the use of applications for broadband networks (4G and 5G) with a high level of flexibility, multi-vendor interoperability and a wealth of features that are based around the needs of First Responders for mission critical communications.

In view of an increasing acceleration in the development of these systems, extensive coverage will also be given to hybrid networks that enable the integration of narrowband technologies (Terrestrial Trunked Radio - TETRA and Digital Mobile Radio - DMR) which use a narrow bandwidth optimised for wide and reliable coverage but with a limited amount of transmitted data, and broadband technologies (LTE and 5G) which use a wider bandwidth suitable for applications needing higher data transfer rates. Also highlighted will be the X2030 solution, a platform with the ability to correlate enormous amounts of data from different sources in real time, enabling an integrated view of the operational context that is of use for territorial security, urban resilience and city management.

In a challenging scenario like the current one, in which communication networks are ever-more vulnerable to cyber threats, the theme of training and the continuous updating of skills will also have a central role in this year's event. For this reason, Leonardo will be presenting the experience of the Cyber & Security Academy, which gives institutions, companies and strategic infrastructures access to training and qualifications in security as regards technology, regulations, methodologies and processes, providing the tools to promote a secure digital transition. In addition to the Group’s accumulated experience in the cyber-physical protection of critical infrastructures in over 150 countries across the globe, and in the ongoing management of cyber threats, the Academy also enables - through the Cyber Range and Cyber Trainer platforms - the consolidation of knowledge (both theoretical and practical) through training courses that can be configured to suit specific operational needs.

Not just technologies, therefore, but also skills that keep pace with innovation. 

The conference programme

 In the conference programme for the CCW, Leonardo will be represented on three panels. On 23 May, Francesco Pasquali, Strategist & Competitive Analyst at Leonardo Cyber & Security Solutions, will explain how the TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) standard is evolving to ensure that it remains the benchmark technology for critical communications in the years to come. On the same day, Angelo Benvenuto, Head of Solutions & Product Marketing at Leonardo Cyber & Security Solutions, will give a talk on the importance of cyber resilience in professional communications.

On 24 May, Fabio Providente, Sales Area Manager at Leonardo Cyber & Security Solutions, together with Ramón Gustavo D’Elia, Project Manager at Telecom Argentina, will be talking about the experience and process of evolving the critical communications system in Buenos Aires. The system was adopted to manage the public transport, police forces and local government services of the Argentine capital, which is moving towards broadband networks through the adoption of a hybrid network model.

The International Critical Communication Awards

 Following its success in 2022 - when the CSP-MCX platform won the “Best MC-X Solution” award - this year Leonardo with its technologies is included once again on the shortlist of nominees for the International Critical Communication Awards. Among the Group's innovations to be shortlisted are: the DTA-Node radio station for “Best TETRA Solution of the Year”, and the X2030 platform for best “Control Room Innovation”.

The winning technologies will be announced on 23 May during the award ceremony.


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