Companies Demo MCPTT over LTE in Austrian Flood Scenario
Thursday, June 01, 2017 | Comments

Several European companies demonstrated the rapid establishment of safety-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) communications infrastructure at the network edge during a serious incident.

Frequentis and technology partners Austrian mobile radio provider A1, Italian LTE mobile core network provider Athonet and Spanish mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) application provider Nemergent demonstrated services, such as MCPTT, based on the latest Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards.

During the demo in Austria last week a crisis flood scenario was set up in a power plant. The solution consisted of an LTE network from A1 and a 5G-ready complete LTE mobile core network including IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) from Athonet, In addition, Nemergent provided a core element, the MCPTT client and server components, while Frequentis provided the control room solution, enabling cross-coupling among LTE, TETRA and emergency calls, as well as tacking the resources on the embedded geographical information system (GIS).

During the demo, mobile broadband network coverage was combined with a deployable micro system, allowing private and group calls to be established between professional field units and the dispatcher, providing tracking and location information. Emergency teams wearing helmet-mounted cameras were able to stream live HD video to the control room that allowed the command teams to direct personnel and resources more effectively and efficiently in response to events on the ground.

Command personnel and on-the-ground teams could communicate as a group using the built-in standards-based PTT functionality. The demo also allowed video streaming from an operating power plant in a second location in Carinthia, showing the resilience of the solution to support network communications for critical national infrastructure during a crisis.

“The new wave of 3GPP-specified mission-critical communications opens a new world of opportunities to end users and interoperable solutions providers” said Jose Oscar Fajardo, CEO of Nemergent Solutions. “Yet, the industry needs to adapt the technology to different deployment models, including public mobile broadband networks and private LTE networks. This exercise allowed us to better understand the insights of hybrid deployment models, showing how the Nemergent virtualized MCPTT solution enables agile deployments and inter-domain interoperability.”

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