Airbus Continues MCPTT Work in 3GPP, June Plugtests
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 | Comments

Airbus touted its work in mission-critical Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards, noting its work with partners within 3GPP on Long Term Evolution (LTE) Release 15 and 16, set to be complete by the end of 2019.

One of the prime intentions is to improve real-time video group communications and develop a thorough 5G solution. “It is all about verifying the current developments and test transparently the interfaces between our solutions and those of our partners in the 3GPP,” said Eric Davalo, head of strategic development for secure land communications at Airbus. “We are expecting that the outcome evolves powerfully and will be confirmed in tests in June 2018 and in 2019.”

Airbus will participate in the second MCPTT Plugtests event hosted by Texas A&M University (TAMU) June 25 – 29 in College Station, Texas, USA. The company will test how its application Tactilon Agnet will work with mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) and mission-critical data (MCData) solutions — the safe transmission of messages, pictures and videos, but not in real time. These solutions equally comply with the 3GPP Releases 13 and 14 standard definitions. Both mission-critical functions refer to a functionality that allows immediate availability for group and one-to-one communications.

The definition of mission-critical video (MCVideo) will still require further improvements with Release 15 before it can be intensively tested. Furthermore, the application’s hybrid use in TETRA and broadband networks will also be under scrutiny to find the best standard.

“Next June we will take part in an international plug test in Disaster City in Texas, United States, where we will check collaboratively the next level of standard developments with other companies,” Davalo said. “Afterwards, we will be focusing on mission-critical video group communications and start considering the 5G networks which evolve naturally out of the existing 4G technology. Our ideas look really promising.”

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