|Project:||Provision of Expert Services in Telecommunications and Information Systems for an Electronic Communications Public Warning System|
|Contracting Authority:||Cyprus Civil Defense|
|Technical Committee:||1. Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policies (DMRID)|
2. Office of Commissioner of Electronic Communications & Postal Regulation (OCECPR)
3. Cyprus Police
4. Cyprus Radio Television Authority (CRTA)
P.G.T. THE MAGNET ENTERPRISES LIMITED (“TheMagnet®”), a management and technology consulting firm (https://themagnet.com.cy/), has successfully drafted a complete set of technical specifications and tender terms & conditions for the Cyprus Civil Defence, for the supply of a Public Warning System (PWS) in compliance with Article 110 of the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC).
In 2018, Article 110 of the EECC made it mandatory for all the Member States of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries to deploy a PWS using mobile networks to alert everyone located in a specific area of an ongoing crisis or upcoming disaster.
During the assessment of the available PWS technologies and architectures (Cell Broadcast [CB], Location-Based SMS [LB-SMS] or hybrid), TheMagnet® team obtained detailed information and data from several PWS Vendors and Mobile Network Operators (MNO), as well as the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) (“Sources”).
The Cyprus Civil Defence is a Department of the Ministry of Interior whose main mission is the protection of the population. It is responsible for taking measures in response to natural or man-made disasters, potentially threatening human life and welfare, or even extensively damaging the island’s environment and natural resources. It is also responsible for protecting the civilian population during periods of armed conflict. The measures taken by the Cyprus Civil Defence include a series of actions regarding disaster prevention, preparation, response, strategic planning, education, mitigation and rehabilitation at the aftermath of disasters.