Telecommunications vendors Motorola Solutions and Ericsson, are set to launch next-generation push-to-talk (PTT) communications for the public safety market.
The companies look to create a way for traditional radio communications to integrate and extend via LTE broadband networks to complement the mission-critical capabilities provided by the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks that agencies depend on today.
The partnership will provide standards-based features important to public safety users such as optimised PTT latency to deliver voice communications, flexible talk group management integrated across radio and broadband networks and call preemption for LTE devices such as smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.
In collaboration with Telstra, Ericsson and Motorola will progress the technology through concept testing in Australia and work together in standards forums globally to develop an industry solution that will meet the requirements of public safety users.
The companies said the partnership brings together Ericsson’s flexible network infrastructure, Motorola Solutions’ depth of experience in providing mission-critical communications for public safety, and Telstra’s vast network resources and expertise in deploying next-generation communications standards and capabilities.
Motorola Solutions executive vice president of products and services, Bruce Brda, said, “This project is part of our vision for smart public safety, Next-Generation Mobile Intelligence, that is helping agencies deliver better community safety outcomes through a dynamic mix of technologies. Connecting a greater number of public safety officials will help to increase situational awareness and efficiency among first responders in the field.”
Telstra networks group managing director, Mike Wright, said, “In the future, this technology will provide a platform to deliver greater multi-media communications to front line responders. Providing a leading LTE public safety capability is a key objectives for Telstra with its Telstra LANES (LTE Advanced Network for Emergency Services) advanced network solutions.”
Ericsson head of 4G/5G RAN, Per Narvinger, said Ericsson has long supported LTE as the best path forward for public safety agency communications and this is another step in that direction.