Airbus Defence and Space has introduced the next release of its Tactilon Agnet (previously known as Tactilon TSA) multimedia group communications application over LTE, which offers more possibilities than the classic push-to-talk (PTT) functions for voice calls familiar to two-way radio users.
Previously, users with smartphones could initiate a group call, but with Tactilon Agnet, a group member can now also immediately and securely send photos and videos at the push of a button.
For example, during a rescue mission, first responders can send photos of people in need of rescue to the control rooms. As a result, emergency personnel can work more quickly and successfully to locate and rescue people.
“Airbus Defence and Space has been very active in establishing clear terms of standards for mission critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) products,” explained Eric Davalo, Head of Strategy, Solution Portfolio and Engineering of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space.
He pointed out that the new Tactilon Agnet will be available as scalable solution. “We consider this entire development as part of the evolution from our existing PMR systems to LTE in terms of mission critical communication.”
Tactilon Agnet has also LTE Quality of Service (QoS) and multimedia capabilities, such as photos and videos. It is fully aligned with the standard LTE Release 13 for MCPPT of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the global organisation that sets international telecommunications standards,
3GPP completed work on MCPTT for voice in March this year, while mission critical video and data over LTE are being worked on for Release 14, which is due for completion in March 2017. Airbus said that the multimedia functions of Tactilon Agnet are already based on the principles being set out for this future Release 14.
Tactilon Agnet’s new capabilities will be presented at the Airbus and Defence and Space booth D 42 in hall 8 during the Critical Communication World exhibition in Amsterdam from 31 May to 2 June 2016.