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A Broadband Interoperability Platform for PTT Communication over LTE

Robin Grier  (President, Catalyst Communications Technologies Inc.)

Sridhar Kowdley  (Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate)

Jim Holthaus  (SME, Wireless Communications Platforms, U.S. Department of Justice)

Ken Rehbehn  (Principal Analyst, CritComm Insights)

Location: W240A

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Track: First Responder Communications

Topic: Broadband, Critical Infrastructure, FirstNet, Interoperability

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate understands that Broadband Push-to-Talk (PTT) services are now offered by a diverse group of vendors. and that agencies may utilize different PTT services which can result in obstacles to interoperable communications. In 2022, DHS S&T published a solicitation to research the effort to develop a broadband PTT interface solution that will provide a method to combine these diverse communication platforms while maintaining critical meta data that is needed to ensure that first responders maintain interoperable communications during critical incidents and planned events. DHS awarded four recipients and one, Catalyst Communications Technologies, was awarded a Phase II grant to develop a prototype.

Takeaways:
Listen to a case study on a prototype test customer discuss the need for a Broadband Push-to-Talk Interoperability Platform.
Hear progress on the development of the prototype
Learn the various technical solutions to provide interoperable communications between both standards compliant Mission Critical Push to Talk and proprietary Push to Talk over Cellular (PoC) and Over the Top (OTT) systems available in the marketplace today.