The Mission Critical Communications Alliance is a global initiative, relevant to Europe. It aims to create an ecosystem for mobile operators, public authorities and first response agencies to collaborate and create formal standards in the use of LTE for public safety. It will also provide a platform for new ideas and partnerships.
Europe’s public safety infrastructures currently rely largely on legacy technologies. The aim of the Mission Critical Communication Alliance is to support transformation towards the use of modern LTE- and eventual 5G-based networks. The broadband capability, interoperability, and economies of scale, which these technologies can deliver are key requirements of governments for mission critical communications.
While other markets like Korea and the US have already carried out advanced trials, the first deployments in Europe have only been in the UK and start-up initiatives in few countries like Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden.
By using new technologies, we can enable better, faster and safer responses in catastrophic events, such as earthquakes, floodings and wildfires across Europe, as well as terrorist threats and other man-made events. These technologies support critical communication among emergency units, using body cams and drones for a visual understanding rather than just voice communication to manage and coordinate emergency unitis, such as monitoring vital functions of the first responders. LTE networks can make the work of firefighters, ambulances, and the police easier and safer.
Nokia is driving the standardisation of the public safety features of LTE in 3GPP and has also launched innovative solutions like LTE Compact Network, which can be setup quickly to ensure mission critical communication even when there is no LTE coverage.
Blog by Markus Borchert, Senior Vice President Market Europe, Nokia: Let's make Europe safer.
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