Systel Selects Softil Product to Connect Network to U.K.’s ESN
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | Comments

In a drive to enhance public-safety agency communications, Systel, a French and U.K.-based provider of communications systems and products to civil security forces, and mission-critical communications (MCX/MCC) solutions enabler Softil, announced that Softil’s BEEHD technology will be used to upgrade Systel’s control room solutions to connect to the U.K.’s Emergency Service Network’s (ESN’s) mission-critical services (MCX) network.

The next-generation Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)-compliant solutions are destined for use by first responders in Britain’s new critical communications system.

“Systel aims to provide Britain’s civil security agencies with the most advanced MCX-enabled control room systems possible,” said Systel CEO Nicolas Bottero. “We chose Softil’s MCX-enabling technology to quickly and easily develop and subsequently deploy our next generation operational control room solutions in the shortest timeframe and at least development cost.”

Based on 3GPP mission-critical communications standards, ESN, powered by Motorola MCX servers, will transmit fast, safe and secure voice, video and data across the 4G network and give first responders immediate access to life-saving data, images and information in live situations and emergencies on the frontline. There are 300,000 frontline emergency service users who will depend on ESN, using handheld devices or operating equipment in 45,000 vehicles, 66 aircraft and more than 100 control rooms.

“The ESN network will ultimately see a plethora of MCX systems and devices being used by first responder agencies and users and it is essential that all are 3GPP standards compliant and hence interoperable,” said Softil CEO Pierre Hagnedorf. “Systel’s control room solutions will quickly become 3GPP-compliant and interoperable with the ESN network using Softil’s BEEHD MCX-enabling technology. Softil’s development team is now working closely with Systel’s to ensure the fastest possible deployment of Systel’s upgrade to their control rooms on the ESN network.”

The U.K.’s Home Office is leading a cross-government program to deliver the new ESN critical communications system. This will replace the current Airwave service used by the emergency services in Great Britain and transform how they operate.

Softil’s technology is fully interoperable with the current ESN MCX network, delivering full push-to-talk (MCPTT), data messaging and location management capabilities. This will also provide a platform for the delivery of future enhancements such as video and file transfer.

Softil’s BEEHD is a 3GPP MCX release 16 standard-compliant cross-platform framework designed for developers and manufacturers of handheld and ruggedized devices, MCX/LMR gateways, dispatch consoles, recording solutions and train/metro communications equipment.

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