Digital Infrastructure Needs: CoESS welcomes EU White Paper and calls for a more sustainable 5G transition

In a response submitted to the European Commission, CoESS welcomes the recent EU White Paper on “How to master Europe’s Digital Infrastructure Needs”. CoESS strongly believes that, together with recent EU Council Conclusions on the future of the EU’s digital policy and of cybersecurity, the Paper sets the basis for future initiatives to enhance resilience, innovation and competitiveness in the European economy. Action is however required to deliver a more realistic and sustainable 5G transition which guarantees continued availability of essential services such as alarm response particularly to EU citizens in rural areas. 

Private security services in Europe increasingly depend on digital infrastructure, particularly in the Monitoring and Alarm Receiving business, due to advancements in technology and customer expectations for real-time response capabilities.

Digital infrastructure enables seamless integration of surveillance systems, alarms, and real-time data analytics, enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of monitoring and alarm response operations. The transition to 5G technology and the adoption of cloud infrastructure are thereby pivotal for the advancement of security services such as in Monitoring and Alarm Receiving Centres (MARC).

As set out in the CoESS contribution to the European Commission consultation on its White Paper How to master Europe’s Digital Infrastructure Needs, this shift requires transparency in infrastructure investments (e.g. in the case of the 5G transition), EU regulation that promotes innovation and legal certainty, as well as robust security measures that adapt to evolving threats in a technologically connected environment. The full position paper of CoESS can be found via this link.