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Submission deadline: 26 April 2021

Protect, Enhance, Envision, Advance:
Exploring the potential of new technology developments whilst preserving and improving the best of today 

The call for conference content for CCW 2021 is now open. This is your chance to be involved and have your say at the leading, must-attend event in the critical communication sector.

The theme for 2021 will focus on how the sector can protect or enhance the standards and technologies that are working well today, whilst looking forward to innovations and technological developments which will help in evolution and advancement.

Students and early career professionals are invited to submit content proposals based on their research projects and studies. Similarly, content proposals that are relevant for students and early career professionals will be welcomed, to help introduce them to key concepts and provide them with understanding and knowledge about the sector.

For the first time, we will be holding CCW 2021 as a hybrid event, with both physical and virtual conference sessions being streamed online to thousands of people worldwide. All selected presenters will be able to present either online or in-person.

You are invited to submit your content proposal(s) by 26th April, on the below topic areas with example sub-topics. Examples of operational / end-user case examples are encouraged.
An age of transition
  • 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 whilst moving towards mission critical broadband networks?
  • 5G: Should we wait or not? Will it be a complement or a replacement?
Protecting the quality
  • How to ensure that critical broadband services are at least as good as TETRA
  • Does engagement with commercial mass market MNOs have to mean sacrificing mission critical quality or service levels?
  • Who is responsible for end-to end network integrity?
  • Broadband network security: Are critical users more demanding than those in other sectors?
  • 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'?
Are commercial operators ready to take on the responsibility?
  • National critical broadband projects: status and timelines
  • Contract strategies for mission critical broadband in commercial networks
  • What regulatory or legislation changes are necessary?
  • How can commercial 4G/5G networks be hardened to become robust and secure enough?
The critical communications ecosystem
  • Apps and devices: who is doing what? Where, when and how to grow an ecosystem?
  • 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 critical users actually work and what emerging technologies can offer?
  • Are organisations ready to make use of the new features and facilities?
  • New possibilities with mission critical broadband: what services are most important for mission critical organisations?
  • Data distraction: With the deluge of data delivered by broadband networks and the IoT, how do we differentiate the vital from the valueless?
The control room sector
  • How will control room services interface to a broadband network environment?
  • Robotics in critical services: reality or fiction?
  • Where is AI being utilised and what are the success stories?
  • Security, legal and regulatory concerns in a future AI world
If your proposal does not fit into these suggested content areas, please feel free to suggest a topic of your choice, provided it fits within the overall theme.