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OpSec Report Summary

Project ID: 755919

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - OpSec (Goodmill - Operational Security Through Ensured Connectivity)

Reporting period: 2017-02-01 to 2018-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Goodmill Systems is a global market leader in critical broadband connectivity for vehicles enabling Public Safety and Security (PSS) professionals to utilise mission-critical applications and information on the go. The Goodmill w24e router meets the challenges defined in EC report on the suitability of Commercial Cellular Networks for Mission Critical Broadband, which are reliability, resilience, extensive coverage and price stability. The w24e router utilises commercial networks alongside dedicated networks and wifi to ensure continuous data connectivity.

Goodmill is the first in the world to provide seamless and reliable switching between the best available broadband data networks. This ensures uninterrupted connectivity even on moving applications PSS are using increasingly. For the European PSS end user this is a low capex and low opex market-ready solution that provides unparalleled reachability and uninterrupted connectivity to all data crucial for a successful mission. The need for faster data connections will increase and create strain for public administrations to invest into a solution. Traditionally this has meant a new dedicated network that can cost upwards to billions of Euro per EU state. Goodmill router is an alternative that guarantees connectivity now. Through the use of the dedicated networks, commercial networks, WiFi connections, and other routes for data transfer, the availability up to 99.9% can be ensured at all times on the field, depending on the country and available networks.

The OpSEC project aims at bringing an updated version of the router to market to answer the challenges in breaking to the US markets. Through technological development and piloting, a successful market entry will be guaranteed and a market share of 20% will be obtained by year 2020 and European standing is obtained on the US-dominated market.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

We have developed a new and modern multi-channel router product platform whose first member, the new w24h-S product has been released on the 28th Feb 2018. In parallel with that work, in order to fully exploit the features of the new product, the new generation of our OTA (over the air) remote management system has been developed. The 1st release of the new management system will be official in July/Aug 2018. In addition to the previous work the first features to fulfil US requirements has been implemented. This new WLAN functionality will be later during the 2nd period then complemented with security additions and supported by US specific LTE module support. We have found 4-6 potential partners in ROW with whom we have already executed 3-5 pilots and with whom we are now in planning phase to execute app. 5 pilots more. In USA and Mexico we have found one partner candidate for both countries and started planning the pilot with them during the 2nd period.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The program has shown already now an unseen potential of improving public safety operation globally. The Goodmill multichannel router is a true “Blue Ocean” concept by enabling efficiency improvements, operation excellence and new unseen applications to be used. As modern applications expand and develop, they require broadband digital solutions, and the construction of dedicated broadband networks requires dedicated infrastructure and huge public spending. This is particularly true in the case of public safety and security (PSS) applications, which are used in some situations where fast and efficient access to the internet can mean the difference between life and death. The business model provided by Goodmill Systems can reduce or even eliminate investment into new networks while simultaneously improving data security, reliability, coverage and resilience. Due to this program we have already tackled the major part of the challenges of providing reliable broadband access that police forces, ambulance services and other mobile (PSS) operations need.

With this new developed technology Goodmill can help to:
- Eliminate big infrastructure investment
- Remove dedicated frequencies and proprietary technology
- Reduce network upgrade investment
- Increase local availability support
- Create a multiple network approach and
- Establish ad-hoc network capability and IP-based applications

when providing high availability data access to public safety vehicles. The estimated savings as efficiency improvements can up to even 100 000 euros per vehicle, as estimated by the customers during this project! If all public safety vehicles would use the applications, the influence globally would be immense. There are estimated to be about 3 million public safety vehicles is the world!

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