CMA-E Summit
April 17 - 19, 2018
Sarlat, France

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The Critical Messaging Association of Europe (CMA-E) is the industry association for companies that are dedicated to the wireless delivery of time-sensitive, critical messages in Europe. Our members consist of network operators, manufacturers and others that combine to deliver reliable, point-to-multi-point simulcast technology and integrated messaging solutions for critical and non-critical communications. Our mission is to advance the industry to ensure world-wide growth by:


Tuesday 17 April 2018
4:00 pm -5:00 pm CMA Board Meetings
8:00 pm - ???

Welcome Reception and Dinner

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Welcome and Overview of Conference

Derek Banner, CMA-E Chairman
Jim Nelson, CMA-A President         
David Villacastin – MD TPL

9:45 am – 10:00 am

France and Sarlat – David Villacastin

An introduction to Sarlat and the beautiful area in its surrounds, the food, the wine and the culture. Many people have enjoyed the many delights of France as a whole but relatively few have enjoyed the enchantment of Sarlat and the Perigord Noir.

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Wim Stam - Flash

For some time Flash has managed its own messaging platform called Flash Smart Control. This takes various inputs such as ESPA444, contacts, email, Modbus, 5ZVEI, etc. and send messages to portable radios, pagers, SMS and dashboards. We also provide a NEN2575 alarm solution with double PSU and units.

Our customers also wanted to receive and send messages to and from an app on a Smartphone. For this reason we developed Flash Smart Alert. Flash now has a solution which guarantees mobile network access and prioritised messaging.

10:45 am – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:00 noon

Angelo Saccoccia - Swissphone

Staff flexibility and efficient deployment, legally required response times and cost efficiency, redundancy and resilience; Balancing these expectations can be a challenge for fire brigades and their managers - and thus for their alerting systems. The challenge of modern alerting is bringing the right number of emergency response personnel with the necessary skills to the incident location. This has to be done in the shortest possible time. The use of POCSAG based two-way terminals can provide a solution for these challenge. In its presentation, Swissphone will present case studies on how their systems have helped customers realize substantial process efficiency improvements and economic advantages while keeping the core alerting system entirely self-reliant and thus disaster-proof.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Colonel Colones (Director of Fire and Emergency Services – Dordogne) & David Villacastin - TPL

Colonel Colones will explain how the Dordogne fire service use pagers with acknowledgment for French firefighters. Their main purpose is not only to secure critical messaging through two routes but also to develop new services with the aim to secure vital, critical seconds during alert (acknowledgements, availability, etc).

After Colonel Colones’ presentation David will present a short summary of pager use within French SDIS (Service Départemental d’Incendie et de Secours).

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Jim Nelson – PIPX

While it is true that many wines get better with age, the same cannot be said for paging systems (or even some of my paging colleagues!). Many systems have a high risk of failure using old, unsupported products. Even today, technology changes very rapidly so modern paging systems must be adaptable to stay current on new hardware platforms, work with changes to Operating Systems, and meet more stringent security requirements.  Prism-IPX will show how its product line stays ahead of these challenges and helps customers get the maximum performance and reliability for their investment. Yes, we will accept orders during the conference.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Simon Fidler & Malcom Shaw– Scope

Safety & security constraints demand that on sites comprising multiple buildings or where personnel may be exposed to danger, the status of other buildings is automatically alerted. Even where hard-wired networks exist, redundancy is often specified and where temporary building coverage is required, radio-linking provides a rapid and economic solution.
The challenges set by end users are many: frequently sites require coverage of temporary buildings, so the system must be easy to re- configure. It must be capable of working alongside identical systems, often on the same frequency. In the event of a catastrophe the messages must still get through. The network must retain its integrity and “self-heal” if any unit fails. It must be capable of rapid modification, extension and maintenance. Robust, reliable, quick to install, simple to maintain. That’s a strap line which is easy to write, but how hard is it to achieve? Can it be done at a realistic price? Scope’s presentation will endeavour to inform, entertain and hopefully provide you with a few of the answers!

4.00 pm – 4.45 pm

Tour of the TPL Headquarters and Facilities.
4:45 pm – 5.00 pm

Day 1 wrap up – Derek Banner

Thursday19 April 2018
9:30 am – 10:15 am

Tim Allerton – PTTI

The mention of Push to Talk Over Cellular intimidates many PMR industry professionals!!

Perfectly good questions are asked, such as:

  • Can you trust third party cellular operators to keep networks up and running, ?
  • I don’t have control of the infrastructure therefore I can’t allow my clients to use this “unknown system?
  • What happens when the network goes down?
  • What about security issues?

And many others.

PTTi have provided enterprise and mission critical services to a multitude of users in the UK since 2007, and we are delighted to say PTTi have been appointed as the exclusive provider of Business Radio suppliers to the Aliv Mobile Network in the Bahamas.

Please allow me to explain how a professionally engineered, standards based OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) supplied PTT service provides enterprise level instant group communications to not only business radio users but also for Blue Light Mission Critical Communications

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Chris Durham – Wireless Alert Solutions

The first part of this presentation will describe how legislation around the Equality Act, Fire Safety and building regulations created various opportunities in the messaging market place. The second part will describe the challenges of the sector and working within complex and varied building environments (examples include Bloomberg Place, CNC Sellafield, University campuses) and how a dozen years’ experience in being between fire safety, disability and radio feels.  The final part will be about threats and opportunities around the technology and how thi s niche shows growth potential in fire safety.

11:00 am – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Richard Prodger & Trevor Drawbridge- Global Data Burst

Following on from Sedona, the year has been one of consolidation for Global Data Burst. The presentation will address two themes. Firstly, we will provide an update on how we have progressed since then, illustrating how our business model enables us to stay “mean and lean”. We will show how this philosophy is reflected in the high level of automation and integration of our portal and head end systems enabling us to run a low overhead operation. Secondly, we will present a live demonstration of our satellite based Pocsag repeater which will also be available for viewing at the event.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

David Villacastin – TPL

How to open new On-Site services and businesses using o POCSAG receivers and transmitters in Indoor markets?

TPL Systèmes has developed a new range of products dedicated to receiving messages and alerts sent by Birdy SLIM pagers using a POCSAG transmitter. Enhanced with function rich management systems, it offers a permanent POCSAG back channel for hospitals and industry at very low cost and with no ongoing fees. Using BlueTooth and IPS beacons paired to Birdy Slim, it also provides indoor location. David will explain how this solution helps TPL’s partners to maintain and expand their businesses in the Critical Messaging industry.

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Conference Conclusions

Derek Banner, CMA-E Chairman
Jim Nelson, CMA-A President         
David Villacastin – MD TPL