Murus Cybersecurity Selects Zetron for MCPTT Interface Research
Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Comments

Murus Cybersecurity, a communications security consulting firm, and Zetron announced an award from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for new research to be conducted on Project 25 (P25) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) mission-critical push-to-talk (PTT) interface service.

Murus has partnered with Zetron, a provider of LMR and LTE command-and-control solutions, to conduct the research funded by DHS S&T. The companies are aiming to uncover the true state of relevant standards and identify key gaps where new standards are needed. Additionally, the companies plan to further collaborate on technology development for prototypes of proposed solutions in subsequent phases of the project.

"LTE and MCPTT technology have the promise to bring enormous benefits to first responders, enabling them to react to emergencies more quickly and safely,” said Gary Schluckbier, managing director for Murus Cybersecurity. “But these complex technologies could also potentially inhibit communications, as has been the unfortunate reality in past generations of new communications. Murus is excited to partner with Zetron in supporting S&T’s requirements to develop technology that will enable a standards-based Interworking Function (IWF) to seamlessly and securely connect first responders across disparate technologies and carriers.”

The DHS program awarded a total of $2.94 million in 20 competitive research contracts for 19 small businesses located across 10 states. Each of these phase one awards will receive up to $150,000 to prove the feasibility of its concept over a six-month period. The P25/LTE MCPTT interface service was awarded to two companies, Murus and Catalyst Communications Technologies.

“Public-safety communications is transitioning from narrowband LMR to broadband LTE,” said Randy Richmond, standards and regulatory specialist for Zetron working on the project. “But this transition will take time, so while the need for LMR/LMR interoperability is prevalent today, there will have to be LMR/LTE interoperability in the short term, and cross-carrier LTE/LTE interoperability in the future as the newer technology pervades.”

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