Critical Communications World to celebrate 20 years of advancing mission-critical communications

Critical Communications World (CCW), the leading conference and exhibition dedicated to connecting critical communications professionals, is marking its 20th Anniversary by delivering what promises to be the most informative event for the brand run to date.

To be held at the Messe Berlin ExpoCenter from 15-17 May, CCW is produced by The Critical Communications Association (TCCA) alongside newly-installed event organiser MA Exhibitions, with sponsorship from Motorola Solutions, Leonardo, Airbus and Frequentis.

This year’s event will feature an all-new Technology Showcase, with a Control Room Arena, Drone Zone and Connected Vehicle Zone all designed to demonstrate the latest advancements in critical communications technology.

The first day of CCW 2018 will be packed with Masterclasses led by some of the industry’s leading experts in mission-critical communications, among them Dr Barbara Held of the German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS), Robin Davis from Actica, Nick Smye (Mason Advisory) and Philippe Agard of Nokia.

Days Two and Three will feature presentations, panel discussions and Q&As on the opportunities and challenges facing the critical communications industry, with speakers including Adrian Scrase (CTO, ETSI), Thomas Scholle (technology director for BDBOS) and Paul Steinberg, senior vice-president and CTO at Motorola Solutions.

TCCA chairman Mladen Vratonjić explained to Risk UK: “As we celebrate 20 years of CCW, we would like to thank everyone at BDBOS for the support the organisation is providing as host operator for the event. The unprecedented interest in this year’s show demonstrates the critical importance of communications for safety and security to organisations across the globe. We would like to thank all of our valued speakers and sponsors ahead of what promises to be another memorable event.”

TCCA is the front-line force that drives the development and promotion of open standard critical communications solutions worldwide. As stakeholders in critical communications, its myriad members play a key role in ensuring the success of an open and competitive market, both today and into the future.

TCCA represents all standard mobile critical communications technologies and complementary applications. The organisation’s members are drawn from end users, operators and industry sectors across the globe.

Tony Gray, CEO at TCCA, concluded: “In today’s world, with the increased threats posed to safety and security, a thorough knowledge and understanding of critical communications is paramount. It’s vital that experts in this space continue to meet, collaborate and share ideas in order to drive the evolution of the industry and enhance the ability of communications to safeguard our communities.”

*Those interested in attending CCW 2018 can access more information online at

**Additional detail about TCCA is also available online at

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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