NPSTC Approves New Interoperability Report, Work on LTE Talkgroup Common Names
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | Comments

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) governing board approved the publication of the Radio Interoperability Best Practices Working Group’s latest report, “Best Practice #6, Channel Assignment Based on Infrastructure Coverage.”

This document states, "Interoperability channels supporting first responders should be assigned based on the documented and known infrastructure coverage between the radio system/systems and the radio communication devices that are being utilized" and provides a series of recommendations.

The document will be available here.

The board also approved the Interoperability Committee's request for the common channel naming working group to initiate a new task. The group will examine common talkgroup names for nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) interoperability talkgroups. Mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) will include LTE talkgroups that will function in a similar fashion to LMR talkgroups.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) plans to enable nationwide interoperability allowing first responders to travel across the U.S. and still use their devices and applications. Working Group Chair Don Root recommended that a national framework be established quickly, saying local and state agencies will use FirstNet PTT services prior to availability of MCPTT. Those agencies will start assigning their own LTE talkgroup names to support local, regional and statewide interoperability. There is a need to establish a naming standard for nationwide talkgroups now to "reserve" those channel designations.

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