Polaris Networks Receives Funding for MCPTT Device Testing Product
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | Comments

Polaris Networks signed a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a certification test suite to test mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) devices for conformance to MCPTT standards. A successful test suite could be used by the certification test houses around the world to formally certify the MCPTT devices for deployment in public-safety networks.

Polaris plans to deliver a new product called Mission Critical Test Platform (MCTP) that will be deployment ready out of the box including all required software, hardware and installation instructions. The product will run conformance tests against mission-critical user equipment (UEs) or devices under test (DUTs) to verify compliance to MCPTT, mission-critical video (MCVideo) and mission-critical data (MCData), known collectively as (MCX) standards.

The MCTP solution will be delivered to NIST over a two-year period in two phases. The first phase will include support for Wi-Fi-connected devices, and the second phase will support Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity through the UE being tested. The first phase is expected to be demonstrated later this year.

“We are delighted to be chosen for this federal grant from NIST, and along with our entire team, we are looking forward to delivering the MCTP over the next two years,” said Sudipto Biswas, mission-critical voice testing equipment (MCVTE) product manager and principal investigator at Polaris Networks. “We hope our solution will enable speedier deployment of mission-critical features in the nationwide public-safety broadband network and help the R&D (research and development) community by improving the testing process.”

The MCVTE Project is part of a competitive award from NIST, under which multiple organizations were awarded over $6 million over two years. The $12 million funding opportunity was announced in May. The MCTP solution will benefit device manufacturers and enable test labs such as PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) to start testing public-safety features in a more stringent way, thereby supporting development of a standardized testing process.

Editor's Note: This article was updated Feb. 3 based on new information from NIST.

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