Catalyst Selects Softil Technology for LMR-to-LTE Transition Technology
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | Comments

Catalyst Communications Technology selected Softil’s BEEHD technology to build Catalyst’s IntelliLink Interworking solutions, as well as dispatch consoles for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and other standards-based mission-critical services (MCX) networks around the world.

As with any new technology, it will require time for first responders to migrate to MCX technologies. Switching to MCX will also require investments by first responder organizations. A transitional bridge between LMR and MCX allows first responders to start using new MCX technologies gradually without abandoning previous investments.

IntelliLink Interworking solutions help bridge LMR and MCX technologies, and products have been developed by the Catalyst and Softil teams under a $1 million contract to Catalyst from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T).

“Catalyst chose Softil as its technology partner for the DHS program following careful analysis of available MCX-enabling solutions, and we concluded that Softil’s BEEHD SDK solution was clearly ahead of the competition,” said Catalyst President Robin Grier. “Our teams have since collaborated closely to develop our IntelliLink Interworking Solution in just a handful of months.”

Softil’s BEEHD technology is a cross-platform client framework designed for chipset vendors, device manufacturers, system integrators, application developers and service providers to develop IP-based mission-critical voice and video communications over LTE.

Catalyst’s dispatch consoles are FirstNet Ready and allow dispatchers to control interworking between LMR and LTE/MCPTT talkgroups through an intuitive graphical user interface.

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