Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Bratislava, Slovakia

The Priority Communications over Public Networks Workshop, technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability (CQR) and Bell Labs, was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia on 23 September 2008. The primary purpose of the workshop was to advance the technical and policy understanding associated with the implementation of a priority communications capability over public communications networks. Such a capability was presented in 2007 as a recommendation of the European Commission-sponsored Study on the Availability and Robustness of Electronic Communications Infrastructures (ARECI) and has since been well received by government and industry stakeholders in Europe and elsewhere.

This was a unique, interactive collaboration bringing together thirty stakeholders from the private sector, member state governments, European Commission, NATO, and relevant standards bodies. An opening statement was provided by the Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications of Slovakia that underscored the importance of such a capability. An extended discussion on the technical feasibility of implementing priority communications on a public network was held, and after several hours of intense interaction between the assembled experts, no technical objection to the feasibility of such a plan was identified. The attendees also provided insight into their view of the issues associated with priority communications via real-time voting. The workshop ended with two focus groups examining issues related to: 1)Reliability and Security of Priority Communications and 2) Future Priority Communications, and then an open discussion on the findings of those two focus groups.

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Conference Material
Introduction to Priority Communications Workshop – Karl Rauscher
Polling Questions and results
Q & A from the workshop
Reliability and Security Focus Group
Future Priority Communications Focus Group

Please refer any questions to:
Richard Krock
Conference Chair
+1 630-979-8739