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Bringing Mission Critical Services (PTT, Data and Video) out of the Silo

Walt Magnussen  (Director, Texas A&M University ITEC)

Michael Fox  (Interim Executive Director, Texas A&M University ITEC)

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

Location: W240A

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Track: First Responder Communications, Incident Management

Topic: Broadband, Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Interoperability, Private Networks, PTT, Video

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Mission Critical services such as voice (MCPTT), data and video have been defined by the 3GPP international standards body to be interoperable but to date there are few if any implementations of this architecture in the United States. Today service provider solutions and vendor's applications are implemented in silos that take away functionality, reliability and security.

The Department of Homeland Security has initiated a program that will encourage the implementation of interoperability solutions that will prove to be more cost effective, reliable and functional. These 3GPP solutions are designed to support not only PTT but video and mission critical data as well.

These solutions are being implemented today in Europe across diverse service providers in 16 collaborating countries in a project called Broadnet. The DHS is leveraging the EU project to better understand what the state of the possible is. This effort is also being embraced by leading service providers and equipment manufacturers in the United States.

This session will discuss the level of standardization of MCX services, how inter-service provider prioritization could function, what is the state of the art today and what is needed to push forward.