TRAI, the telecom regulator, this week started a public talk on reinforcing the fundamental communications system for PPDR (Public Protection and Disaster Relief) services. The PPDR interaction is utilized for a wide spectrum of facilities ranging from protection of property and life to maintenance of law and order, from emergency responses to disaster relief.
While the advancements in technology have transported newest abilities such as interoperability to critical networks all over the world and beaming of live images, the current PPDR networks in the nation are either used narrow band radios or old analog systems. TRAI has now rolled out a consultation document to strengthen infrastructure of PPDR. The talks will center on aspects of upcoming PPDR systems, its needed technical specs, shortcoming and issues of the current network, as well as availability of spectrum needed for creating a reliable, advanced, responsive, and robust PPDR network.
TRAI has particularly requested for opinions on whether or not PSUs must be tasked with offering countrywide PPDR broadband communication system, and also frequency bands that can be allocated completely for disaster relief operations and public protection. “If broadband/wideband PPDR is to be applied in India, what quantum of spectrum will be required for such key for PPDR? What is the price and advantages trade-off imagined for disaster relief and public protection as compared to the commercial worth of spectrum,” are some of the problems lifted in the consultation document of TRAI.
TRAI observed that broadband PPDR backs huge range of applications such as sending videos, live images, and texts besides the voice interaction. “Current networks of PPDR in the matron are digital and analog systems backing narrow band data and voice communications,” TRAI claimed to the media in an interview. It further added that the roll out of improved communication networks can be a huge enabler in handling of such complex operations and decision-making.
The consultation document also dwells on the implementation models existing in a number of nations for improved PPDR network. The final date for giving in of written comments is in next month, while the cut-off date for counter-comments is scheduled in December.