BOS Digital Radio Network - Project Milestones
In order to introduce BOS digital radio network, the following legal prerequisites were created and the following agreements were concluded:
An expert group made up of federal and state representatives - the "Network Requirements"-Group (Gruppe Anforderungen an das Netz - GAN) - which was set up by the "Central Unit for the Development and Roll-out of a Single Nationwide Digital Voice and Data Radio System - Digital Radio (ZED)", submits a report on the minimum standard performance criteria and on the evaluation of the technical solutions for BOS digital radio.
On 24 March 2004, the Federal Government and the Länder concluded the "Cooperation Agreement governing the Build-up and Operation of the Single Nationwide Digital Voice and Data Radio System for all Safety and Security Authorities and Organisations (BOS) in the Federal Republic of Germany" (umbrella agreement).
The "Act concerning the Establishment of a Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio" (BDBOS Act) entered into force on 1 September 2006. Pursuant to this Act, the Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS) has the task to plan, rool-out and operate the public safety digital radio network.
On 28 August 2006, following a Europe-wide tender which was preceded by a competition for participation, the proposal of EADS Secure Networks GmbH (today: Cassidian Communications GmbH) in Ulm, being the most cost-effective among the four bids that were submitted, was awarded the contract for the installation, commissioning, configuration and integration of TETRA system technology for the BOS digital radio network.
The Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS) is established by virtue of a ministerial decree as per 2 April 2007. Thus, the tasks that were previously dealt with by the joint project organisation "network"-BOS of the Federal Government and the Länder within the Office for Public Safety Digital Radio at the Federal Ministry of the Interior are transferred to the Federal Agency. From now on, the BDBOS acts as an autonomous legal entity with legal capacity.
The establishment of the BDBOS creates the organisational prerequisites for pooling the interests of all users of the BOS digital radio network vis-à-vis the contractors and for acting as a single contracting agency. Another task of the BDBOS is the continuous coordination between the Federal Government and the Länder in all strategic issues concerning the operation and development of the BOS digital radio network.
The BDBOS Act created the basis for concluding an "Administrative Agreement Governing the Cooperation between the Federal Government and the Länder for the Build-up and Operation of a Single Nationwide Digital Voice and Data Radio System for all Safety and Security Authorities and Organisations in the Federal Republic of Germany". On 1 June 2007, the administrative agreement was signed by the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, and by the Interior Ministers and Senators of the Länder at the meeting of the Standing Conference of the Interior Ministers of the Länder. The administrative agreement does not only set out the principles for the cooperation between the Federal Government and the Länder but also contains regulations on the funding for the BOS digital radio network and the involvement of the Länder in the activities of the BDBOS.
- On 20 June 2007, the reference platform is launched by the Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, and Länder representatives. The reference platform is the first component of the single nationwide digital radio network.
- At its first meeting, the Management Board which is composed of 17 State Secretaries of the Interior (one from each Land plus one from the Federal Ministry of the Interior), endorses the roll-out plan. Also, the Management Board approves the budget drafted by BDBOS for the tasks that lie ahead.
- The Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, appoints Mr Rolf Krost as President of the BDBOS.
- The Europe-wide procurement procedure for the operation of the BOS digital radio network starts with a competition for participation. Pending the decision in favor of a suitable operator, EADS Secure Networks (today: Cassidian Communications GmbH) will commission the network sections that are already complete.
Meanwhile, the BDBOS Act has been expanded. The First Act Amending the BDBOS Act was promulgated on 31 July 2009 in the Federal Law Gazette and entered in to force on the following day. The Act Amending the BDBOS Act creates the prerequisites for a certification procedure to ensure that the radio equipment which is procured on a decentralized basis by the Federal Government and the Länder for their respective users, meets certain minimum requirements and can thus smoothly interact with the other components of the BOS digital radio network and all other radio equipment in this network.
On 22 March 2010, the operating contract for the BOS digital radio network was awarded to Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG. This company had submitted the most cost-effective offer. Furthermore, the legal bases for the certification of terminal equipment destined for use in the BOS digital radio network were finalized. On 22 December 2010, the Certification Ordinance was published (Federal Law Gazette I, page 2120).
Thus, the fundamental prerequisites for the build-up and operation of the BOS digital radio network were in place.