Standards for mission-critical push-to-talk functionality on an LTE network are scheduled to be completed in less than two years. Panelists and attendees at the PSCR stakeholders conference discussed whether the timeline should impact potential investments in LMR systems.
WESTMINSTER, COLO.—FirstNet officials yesterday were outspoken in voicing their displeasure with an attempt by some vendors to establish a mission-critical-voice standard via the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) instead of going through 3GPP, the global standards body for LTE technology.
Many public-safety answering points (PSAPs) have yet to adopt a formal quality-assurance (QA) program, according to the results of a survey administered during a recent Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) webinar.However, the quality-assurance processes will rise as next-generation 911 is deployed, according to one speaker.
Last year was a particularly eventful year in the communications-technology sector, and we expect 2014 to be just as eventful. Recently, we dusted off our crystal ball to see whether we could get a glimpse of the stories that will be the most noteworthy and/or interesting this year.
Kevin Williams, vice president of product development for Avtec, discusses why open standards mean so much to those who are evaluating dispatch consoles, and explains why entities increasingly are opting for IP- and software-based solutions.
Ron Lyons, vice president of sales and business development for Simoco Americas, outlines the company’s plans to offer Tier 3 DMR at the end of the month during a discussion with UC Editor Donny Jackson at this week’s Communications Marketing Association (CMA) conference in Nashville, Tenn.
If a national training-and-certification program for 911 telecommunicators is established, some advocate that experienced 911 personnel should be “grandfathered,” so they don’t have to meet the new standards. But grandfathering would undermine the purpose of establishing such 911 standards.