Focus on availability and crucial communication: 12th National Paging Congress “CritComms” in Berlin


Berlin, 14th February 2018: The 12th National Paging Congress “CritComms” will be dealing with three key issues for the first time: security, energy and logistics will take centre stage in the most important forum for paging application areas in Germany. Decision-makers, experts and users from the industry and state-run facilities will speak of their experiences, debate the current state of affairs and look to the future. The event will take place on 23rd and 24th April in cooperation with the German Fire Services Association (DFV) whose president, Hartmut Ziebs, will also be making the opening speech. The venue will be the premises of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation near the Berlin Tiergarten (Berlin’s big city park).

Security, energy and logistics are three social and economic core areas which are currently experiencing great upheaval due to digitisation. What is often missing in the public debate on digital communication specifically is a sense of proportion and an understanding of the user’s need for reliable solutions. What this might look like will be debated extensively at the Paging Congress in the form of keynote speeches, brainstorming, practical examples and workshops in view of the sector’s most pressing questions. How can specialised markets meet the increasing security requirements? How can security units get ahead of emergency situations in the social media era? How can the frictionless flow of goods be implemented across the entire supply chain? How can cities face the challenges of the energy transition? The practicality and financial feasibility of concrete solutions are always of central importance.

One example is the Stromnetz Berlin GmbH, one of the largest urban power distribution networks in Europe with 2.3 million domestic and business customers. Its CEO, Thomas Schäfer, will speak about the measures implemented with regard to the smart grid. Albrecht Broemme, President of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), will take a look at the concrete requirements for technical-humanitarian aid. Andreas Gegenfurtner, President of the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS), will talk about the police and fire services’ security radio under the heading “Target 2030”.

The second day of the congress will offer an abundance of hands-on workshops on the three parallel issues of logistics, energy and BOS. The exchange between developers and users will take centre stage here.

The up-to-date programme is available at Paging Congress 2018

The National Paging Congress has been taking place regularly in Berlin since 2003 and is under the patronage of the DFV,which is significantly involved in the conception and programme, for the eighth time.  

The congress provides a Germany-wide forum for information and debate on the issues of fire prevention, disaster management, alerts and warnings, as well as operational danger defence. As the only German-speaking event on the issue, the National Paging Congress has become an unmissable event for authorities, institutions, associations and companies involved in “internal and public security”. In addition, top issues which are directly related to the field of competence are regularly incorporated in the congress - this year energy and logistics. The 12th National Paging Congress will be taking place on the premises of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Berlin on 23rd and 24th April. Information on the organisation and registration are available at: Paging Congress 2018

Congress office: Fon: +49 030 4171-1511 

About the National Paging Congress “CritComms”: 

The National Paging Congress was co-initiated by Albrecht Broemme, former Director of the Berlin Fire Department, now President of the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and Dr Dietmar Gollnick, CEO of the e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH (e*Message Europe) and Director of the Critical Messaging Association Europe (CMA-Europe, formerly European Mobile Messaging Association). The Paging Congress has now become one of the most significant events on the issue of paging. Paging technology was classed as part of the narrowband point-to-multipoint system by ETSI and CEPT in 2013. In Germany alone, hundreds of thousands of fire service staff work with pagers, but their use is also increasing in other areas. The congress issues have gradually expanded to include logistics and energy control since the 10th congress.

About e*Message:

The e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH (e*Message Europe) operates Europe’s largest security radio network. As one of four mobile network operators on the German market, e*Message maintains a satellite-based radio network with around 800 transmitting stations throughout Germany which is independent of public networks. e*Message has been significantly involved in the National Paging Congress since its formation in 2003.

Company Contact:
Anke Lüders-Gollnick
e*Message Wireless Information Services Deutschland GmbH
Schönhauser Allee 10-11
10119 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 4171-0
Fax: +49 30 4171-1933


Press Contact:
Christof Kaplanek
Hoschke & Consorten Public Relations GmbH
Tel: +49 40 36 90 50-38

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