Valid8 Executes Successful OTA MCX Test
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 | Comments successfully executed an over-the-air (OTA) test of MCX as part of its Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard compliant testing solution for the mission-critical communications industry.

Testing mission-critical voice, data and video, collectively known as MCX, is crucial to ensuring manufacturer’s devices comply with standards that confirm successful operation during public-safety emergencies.

The test involved running a commercially available mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) client application on a Samsung X phone OTA to Valid8’s 4G base station emulator and MCX core. The result was the successful execution of 3GPP TS 36.579-2, 5.1 registration.

The Valid8 MCX testing technology was developed as part of a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP). Valid8’s years of experience with mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) and public-safety testing solutions made them an excellent partner. The company’s MCX Client Conformance Tester is built upon its deep protocol testing expertise and conformance testing prowess in MCX.

The success of this test shows the value of Valid8’s unique testing suite and development team. When compared with other technologies, the creation and execution of the test were completed significantly faster with Valid8.

“We are excited to be at the forefront of this testing,” said Valid8 President Ian Carpenter. “We see the success of these initial tests to be just the start of the journey of helping companies more reliably and cost effectively test their equipment against 3GPP standards.”

Valid8 has partnered with several vendors as part of the testing program to meet the NIST Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) division’s goal of a vendor-agnostic testing solution.

As part of the project, next-generation MCX emergency communications systems will be able to be tested for compliance to the 3GPP MCX standard feature set as well as for their ability to handle critical spikes in loads during emergencies. The comprehensive testing will ensure that first responders’ communications systems are interoperable and interface securely and can be automatically updated with developing standards.

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