Samsung Demos Mission-Critical Video Call on Amazon Cloud Platform
Monday, April 06, 2020 | Comments

Samsung Electronics demonstrated what it called the world’s first video call on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform using mission-critical push-to talk (MCPTT), data and video (MCPTX), a communications capability developed for first responders.

The demonstration was enabled by the onboarding, integration and deployment on AWS cloud. This implementation was based on Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 14 specifications, Samsung said.

The demonstration, conducted at Samsung’s lab in South Korea, featured a lineup of Samsung’s latest MCPTX solutions, which deliver a multimedia-based communications experience designed specifically for first responders and public-safety officials, the company said.

Samsung Networks’ MCPTT solution has been operational in South Korea’s public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network since 2018, supporting voice and text communications. The solution has also been commercially deployed across six different railway lines as part of the nation’s LTE-Railway (LTE-R) network, providing communications for station staff and train crews. The new MCPTX solution is the upgraded version of MCPTT with enhanced capabilities enabled by 3GPP Release 14.

The demonstration used Samsung’s MCPTX service platform, as well as the Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro, the same device launched by AT&T last week for its “controlled introduction” of MCPTT service for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers. An AT&T spokesperson said its MCPTT release conforms to 3GPP Release 12 with support for Release 13 capabilities.

In December, AT&T said it is still planning to offer two carrier-integrated options for public safety, the first being the Kodiak PTT offering from Motorola Solutions. The second vendor has been selected through a request for proposals (RFP) process but has not yet been named.

Derek Johnston, Samsung head of networks marketing, declined to confirm whether Samsung is the second MCPTT supplier to AT&T.

“MCPTX delivers powerful data and video communications capabilities surpassing LMR technology, which provides traditional voice-based service,” a Samsung statement said. “It opens a new horizon in advancing public safety, enabling first responders to be simultaneously connected with hundreds of fellow responders with easy exchange of videos, images, files and more during an emergency. This technology will help improve situational awareness and information accuracy, especially in times when public safety plays a pivotal role against local disasters or urgent threats.”

Samsung said the demonstration highlights the key benefits that public cloud networks can bring to an MCPTX deployment. “This approach enables rapid deployment and improves the scalability and flexibility of public-safety networks for operators by reducing the time spent on in-house data center deployment and allowing them to adjust the usage of resources as needed,” said a Samsung statement. “Also, the service can seamlessly failover to another part of the cloud as needed, increasing overall reliability.”

Johnston said Samsung understands some public-safety agencies are skeptical of cloud-based solutions for network reliability, security and performance reasons. He said the cloud-based offering is about choice for network operators.

"Clearly from a public-safety perspective, there are performance requirements on latency and performance levels," he said. "First and firemost we wanted to build a solution to hit those KPIs (key performance indicators). Our goal is to make that platform and then provide the network operators, whoever they may be, a way they could deploy this in an on-premise architecture or cloud-based architecture.

"We know from the tests that we are hitting the performance paramaters that have been set under Release 14, less than 1 second in delay from the moment of transmission to reception to users. ... We want to introduce choice to the various segments that will be deploying this solution."

Samsung’s customers for MCPTX will have the option to deploy the solution on their on-premise servers or AWS cloud platform.

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