First Responder MCX deployments, first steps into the Black Mirror era, dawn of "10,000 foot" view dispatch controls, dual-mode LMR/MCPTT devices, private LTE towers and much more.
Leading IP communications enabler Softil have released its Outlook 2019 for the Mission Critical Communications industry. For Softil, enabling Mission Critical Communications (MCC or MCX)) will be its fundamental mission for the year ahead accelerating the transition to 21st century technologies for people whose jobs help and save the lives of others.
"Softil sees 2019 as the year when MCC solutions and services finally get into the hands of First Responders be they the armed forces, police, ambulance or other emergency service groups, as well as professional radio users in the fields of transportation and mining among others," says Sagi Subocki, Softil's Vice President, Products and Marketing. "The year will see First Responders and professional radio users becoming better supported in their tasks through the applied use of technology."
First MCPTT deployments by First Responders
The year 2019 will see First Responders begin supplementing the humble radio so trusted by multiple generations of firefighters, police officers and emergency workers over the years with smartphones. At first, these might also be dual-mode devices, combining LMR and LTE capabilities. Once smartphones become commonplace in MCC, all will be able to work faster and better.
Immediate future belongs to dual-mode LMR/MCPTT devices
It is nice to envision how new generation of the technology replaces the old generation in a blink of an eye--just like you see in the movies. This is not how it happens in real life --the old and new must peacefully coexist for a while. Moreover, they do not just coexist, but rather interwork. The emergency worker's device is not an interworking appliance, but instead, it can simply allow users to be connected to both worlds--simultaneously. We should see LMR devices being extended with MCPTT capabilities first before full-blown MCX devices completely replacing them. Softil predicts that quite a few dual-mode radios will appear on the market during 2019.
Mission Critical Communications for Trains will continue to advance
Mission Critical Communications for trains, commonly referred to as LTE-R, are already deployed, but on a limited scale. Today, South Korea is leading the railway world with new MCC LTE-R terminals deployed on its high speed rail networks. However...