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Journey to PTT: Are We Nearing an Inflection Point?

Donny Jackson  (Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications)

Josh Lober  (President/CEO, ESChat)

Jeffrey Marani  (Director, IT Field Technologies, Global Medical Response)

Andrew Seybold  (CEO & Principal Consultant, Andrew Seybold, Inc.)

Rob Wright  (Product Manager, Verizon)

Samuel Gustafsson  (Head of Sales Region Europe, Airbus US Space and Defense Inc)

Mike Metz  (Senior Network Engineer, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission)

Rob Nekich  (Network Analyst, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission)

Mary Doherty  (Director of Carrier Sales, Motorola Solutions)

Pascal Beglin  (CEO, Streamwide SA)

Location: N257

Date: Tuesday, March 22

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Track: Emergency Comms: LMR, LTE, 5G, Critical Infrastructure & Private Networks

Format: Workshop

Vault Recording: TBD

Always one of the liveliest sessions at IWCE, this year’s push-to-talk (PTT) workshop should be no exception. Push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) services have established a foothold in the marketplace, particularly within enterprise settings and as solutions that can support voice interoperability with modern IP systems and traditional land-mobile-radio (LMR) networks.

Meanwhile, industry analysts continue to closely monitor developments with mission-critical-push-to-talk (MCPTT) technology, which has been available in the U.S. from multiple carriers for almost two years.

There are numerous lingering questions surrounding PoC and MCPTT. Will first responders deem MCPTT to be mission critical, as its name suggests? With ProSe seemingly abandoned, is there another way for MCPTT to address the need for direct-mode communications that doesn’t depend on terrestrial infrastructure? Do first responders value interoperability or mission-critical performance more—and should they have to make a choice? Can MCPTT replace mission-critical LMR?

Join us to hear the latest updates on these and other hot-button topics.