Funding Opportunity for Mission-Critical Voice Quality of Experience Released
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | Comments

Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) released a new funding opportunity around mission-critical voice. PSCR is seeking applications for activities to measure the impact of impairments to mission-critical voice (MCV) systems and quantify the quality of experience (QoE) for first responders.

Applications are due Aug. 3.

The 2018 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - Mission Critical Voice Quality Of Experience funding opportunity includes research and development grants and cooperative agreements.

In fiscal year 2019, NIST anticipates funding several awards for $250,000 to $1 million per year with project performance periods of up to three years. Funding for the first year of awards is anticipated to total up to about $3 million.

PSCR is looking to generate publicly released data sets and a QoE model that correlates impairments in the communications systems that U.S. first responders use. Award recipients will create test devices and infrastructure to simulate these impairments, develop a test capability/methodology for human testing, and apply these tests to a diverse pool of first responders representing multiple disciplines, regions and demographics while performing critical tasks in realistic operating conditions.

This research data will be key in quantifying the impact on real users of public-safety mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) systems and their corresponding QoE. The data will in turn be used to compare existing LMR performance against emerging and future communications technologies.

More information is here.

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