Spanish Firm Awarded US$1.4M EU Grant for MCPTT Solution
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 | Comments

Spanish company Genaker was awarded a €1.3 million (US$1.4 million) grant for innovation from the European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 Programme with the highest score of the 2,000 participating companies. Genaker will use the grant to bring its mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) solution to market.

Genaker competes globally with Motorola Solutions, Airbus Defense and Space and Huawei and provides its solutions in 15 countries in Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East. The company’s objective is to become the European market leader in the sector. Four directors of the Nokia research and development (R&D) center in Spain set up Genaker in 2004 after the R&D center closed in 2003.

The grant will accelerate Genaker’s product evolution to deliver fast integrated voice, data and video mobile communications capable of running reliably on almost any network and under poor coverage conditions for critical operations teams. The future for the industry is for specially equipped mobile-phone terminals to work on 4G networks.

Genaker CEO Miquel Teixidor is the former managing director of the Nokia R&D center. The strategy is to consolidate leadership in Europe with a better market solution for critical communications including the so-called and ongoing “smart factory” or 4.0 industry process in different sectors such as chemical, petrochemical and utilities and airlines, as well as for the public-safety sector.

Teixidor said the European Union grant for innovation “will allow Genaker to play in the champions league in the sector of the new generation of mobile professional and secure radios.”

Horizon 2020 funding and research has also supported next-generation 1-1-2, BroadMap and other public-safety communications needs.

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