South Korea’s National Police Selects Hanswell MCX Fixed Terminals
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Comments

Seoul, South Korea-based communications provider Hanswell will use Softil’s BEEHD technology to build a mission-critical voice and data communications (MCX) system for Korea’s National Police Agency (NPA).

By end-2022, the command center of every police station in Korea will be equipped with a Hanswell fixed terminal. The small dispatching unit will enable police stations to better coordinate, control and manage operations as a result of the functionality and features of MCX technology. The first deployments will become operational in early 2021 in the Gangwon-do Province.

The fixed terminals will be able to communicate with police officers using mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT), mission-critical video (MCVideo) and mission-critical data (MCData)-enabled handsets, as well as those using traditional radios via radio over IP (RoIP) gateways. MCPTT, MCVideo and MCData are international standards developed by the Third Generation Partnership project (3GPP) and together are dubbed MCX.

First responders’ terminals will also include the latest voice and video standards EVS and H.265. Features will include voice communications with MCPTT, group video and push to video, instant messages, file and image sharing using MCData, and location sharing.

“This development is the first move by a public-safety authority in Korea to equip its first responders with next-generation MCX technology,” said Seung-Cheon Han, Hanswell’s CEO. “As a result, they will be able to better serve, protect and ultimately save lives through the new Hanswell MCX terminals built upon Softil’s BEEHD enabling technology.”

The move to MCX technology by police authorities will then be followed by deployment to the firefighter community in line with South Korea’s national policy to transfer public-safety communications to broadband technologies. South Korea is leading the world with implementations of broadband mission-critical communications, using MCX terminals for train communications at the beginning of 2018 during the Winter Olympic Games.

Softil’s BEEHD technology is a cross-platform client framework designed for chipset vendors, device manufacturers, system integrators, application developers and service providers looking to accelerate development of 3GPP standards-based broadband mission-critical communications solutions for first responders. The framework is 3GPP MCX Release 15 standard compliant.

“The MCX revolution is well under way and we expect to see similar large-scale deployments of next generation critical communications solutions in public-safety networks across the globe over the coming years,” said Pierre Hagendorf, Softil’s CEO.

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