Nokia has expanding its range of LTE-based public safety solutions with the launch of the Nokia Group Communications portfolio. New features will enable first responder teams to securely communicate through new applications such as instant video connectivity, alongside traditional push-to-talk features on a single device, to enhance operations and safety.
Within the Nokia Group Communications portfolio, Nokia has pre-integrated applications onto a range of devices to meet the high-quality, high-security demands of public safety agencies around the globe. Fast call set-up times will allow groups of field workers and command controllers to share live video feeds with each other to enhance their knowledge and ability to react in any situation.
Compatibility with 3G and Wi-Fi networks ensures high service availability even if there is no LTE network coverage. Nokia Group Communications can be used with the Nokia Compact Network, the rapidly deployable solution, which allows first responders to quickly deploy a private network in emergency situations using portable base stations.
3GPP has not yet written the specifications for mission critical video and mission critical data for LTE. However, Nokia said that the Nokia Group Communications portfolio is fully aligned with 3GPP, ready for mission critical push-to-talk standards, the specifications for which were included in LTE Release 13 earlier this year.
Nokia said its approach ensures compatibility with future standards releases as well any devices being made available on the market in the future, allowing public safety operators to protect their investment. It also ensures easy integration with any LTE network.
Nokia Group Communications features include:
• High-capacity platform supports real-time push-to-video for 1,000 active users and 20,000 push-to-talk active users per single server with the ability to scale. Software license is offered on a pay-as-you-grow basis.
• Dispatch consoles incorporate voice, video and mobile CCTV features.
• Push-to-talk/push-to-video features are pre-integrated within a compelling range of secured and certified devices supporting a wide range of LTE frequencies.
• Aligned with 3GPP standards, ready for mission critical push-to-talk and push-to-video standards.
• Fast call set up with latency below 300 milliseconds
• Secured communications with end-to-end encryption at the application layer.
Thomas Lynch, Director for Security and Critical Communications Research at IHS Markit said: "LTE provides new opportunities for the public safety market and as more agencies leverage mobile network technologies Nokia, as a market leader in LTE, is in a strong position to take advantage thanks to its growing and extensive portfolio.
“With the company's latest addition - the Nokia Group Communications - it is moving this portfolio to another level, adding an end-to-end encryption layer to deliver the high-level security demanded by public safety markets around the world. And by being fully aligned with 3GPP standards the portfolio allows a smooth evolution to MC-PTT standards and can operate with any vendor's LTE network."
Henri Tallon, Head of Public Sector at Nokia, said: "Nokia Group Communications further bolsters our comprehensive public safety offer with capabilities that will help first responders react more effectively in a crisis. With new applications like push-to-video, fully standards-ready, we can ensure public safety teams are better informed of a situation and therefore enhance safety and security for all concerned."