Polaris Networks Demos Mission-Critical Test Platform at PSCR Virtual Event
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 | Comments

At the PSCR 2020: The Digital Experience held by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division senior executives from Polaris Networks gave a sneak peek of the latest offering from the company’s product portfolio: the Mission Critical Test Platform (MCTP), a certification test suite for ensuring mission-critical push to talk (PTT), video, data (MCX) devices conform to MCX standards.

The demonstration covered unique features of the MCTP product, such as a web-based fully customizable user interface and test control, which helps the user to drive test cases based on TTCN scripts being provided by TF-160, with an abstraction to the complexity of the TTCN code. The MCTP also allows detailed test configuration and quick execution with minimal effort along with many other features. Polaris also plans to connect the MCX clients/user equipment (UE) over LTE network and add UE automation using mechanisms like rest application programming interfaces (APIs) and AT/MMI commands, in their upcoming releases. The Polaris MCTP is expected to help accelerate mission-critical service deployment in the national public-safety broadband network by providing the required test equipment, which can also be used by industry certification bodies such as PTCRB, to test public-safety features.

The Polaris MCTP product is being developed under the Mission-Critical Voice Test Equipment (MCVTE) project, which is being executed in cooperative agreement with NIST. The MCTP test suite could be soon used by the certification test houses around the world to formally certify MCPTT devices for deployment in public-safety networks.

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