PSTA releases initial mission critical broadband recommendations; advocates open standards


The Public Safety Technology Alliance has released its first recommendations regarding mission critical push-to-talk (MCPTT), video and data, as they relate to public safety and industry.

The recommendations are contained in its recently-published technical subcommittee report, which covers areas including LMR-LTE interoperability, user identity, as well mission critical broadband communications.

According to the organisation, the goal of its MCPTX subcommittee is to:“Ensure that public safety receives competitive and innovative solutions built on international open standards that drive innovation for all first responders. This subcommittee is working to lock-in specific open standards for public safety that can be leveraged in procurements as well as implementations.
“The goal is to be specific about timelines to promote transparency in solutions that can be leveraged, as well as timelines for plugtests and other open standards independent verifications.”

The subcommittee’s recommendations are being made following input from both industry and public safety membership of the PSTA, “and have been formulated leveraging this industry and public safety expertise as well as publicly available standards and related information.”

Speaking of the progress being made in this area, TCCA chief executive Tony Gray said: “Implementation of consistent standards for MCX globally is of critical importance, and the PSTA input provides valuable insight into public safety requirements. TCCA advocates open standards for all critical communications and our collective success is an international effort.”


Philip Mason
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