The Belgian Federal Public Service of the Interior (Service Public Fédéral Intérieur) this summer organised two BroadMap related workshops in Brussels, first on 26th July and then on 9th August.

The agenda for both workshops was the same. Since the participants differed in both workshops, the meetings started with a short roundtable, where participants introduced themselves and their tasks and functions. The first BroadMap workshop was attended by 12 people, including representatives of the local and federal police, fire bridge, medical care, medical service police, secret service, instructors radio, and public order. Twenty people attended the second BroadMap workshop, including members of the special intervention unit, judicial police, instructor radio dispatching, technical and operational police, call centres, traffic police, and customs.

After the introductory roundtable, workshop participants were provided with a short introduction to the BroadMap project. Then discussions turned to the BroadMap Questionnaire. Some inputs to the Questionnaire had already been received before the first workshop via e-mail and a global list was created from these contributions. The resulting list of requirements was debated, clarified and updated during the first workshop. In the second workshop, participants worked with the refined list of requirements, which incorporated the results achieved in the first workshop.

During the workshops, interesting discussions emerged due to the different backgrounds of the participants and the different needs they have in their professional work. Participants also debated the various devices that could be used in the future and the high importance that encryption and security measures have in ensuring protection.