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Mission Critical Public-Safety Communications Testing

Mission Critical & Public Safety Equipment Testing


When catastrophic events, disasters and other emergency scenarios occur we rely upon the services of the fire and rescue authorities in collaboration with police and ambulance services – or Blue Light services.


In these situations the Blue Light services need to communicate with each other and, for that matter, with the victims by using Mission Critical voice and data communication.


Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT) and Public Safety (PS) communication devices now incorporate the latest 3GPP LTE technologies to offer a broader spectrum of services to First Responders, based upon higher volume, backhaul bandwidth transmissions which may include image, video and HD voice transmitted over 4G LTE networks.

IoTAS are ideally suited to test these services against the Operator Networks supporting MCPTT and PS communications with our GCF certification status as an RTO, field experience testing LTE technologies and being a GCF ACE. This certification status is backed up by our continued UKAS ISO 17025 quality accreditation, ensuring the highest standards of testing, recording and report presentation.

P25 MCPTT handsets

Examples of PTT two-way hand-held radios

Different Standards

There are three main transmission standards currently in play and guiding the Mission Critical arena

  • Project 25 (P25) is a suite of standards for digital mobile radio communications designed for use by public safety organisations in North America.
  • Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA), is a European standard for a two-way trunked radio system and was specifically designed for use by government agencies, emergency services, the military, etc. and for public safety networks. It is the European version of trunked radio similar to Project 25.
  • Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) is an open digital mobile radio standard defined in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Standard, used in commercial products around the world and increasingly in PS.

Accordingly there is no single governing test specification or suite of specifications that dictate how the 3GPP interoperability shall be tested although the likes of the TCCA, GSMA, ETSIGCF, FirstNet and the PTCRB  are working towards defined standards for cellular certification testing.


Our Pragmatic Test Solutions

Whilst the market awaits definitive 4G LTE Mission Critical testing specifications IoTAS are able to offer MC and PS communication device manufacturers, whose devices utilise 3GPP Radio Access Networks, pragmatic product testing to an agreed standard and level of certification, based upon the latest guidelines, test methodologies and, where appropriate, test equipment.

Launched in June 1993 as the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, British APCO, also known as BAPCO, is now acknowledged as the leading UK based Association for all professionals using or developing Public Safety technology. IoTAS are currently Bronze Corporate Members.

To begin discussions on how IoTAS can give you the confidence your 4G LTE MCPTT and PS devices will perform across Live Networks please contact us today.


Additional information / Further reading:

Mission Critical Services in 3GPP (www.3gpp.org)

GCF extends its certification scheme to MCPTT

GSMA White Paper – ‘Network 2020: Mission Critical Communications’


GCF-TCCA Joint Task Force

With the increasing strength of the critical broadband market, there is a need for a formal interoperability testing and certification process to ensure compliance to standards and give end users a seamless service which does not tie them in to one provider. In a major step forward, the Global Certification Forum (GCF)and TCCA have announced a joint taskforce, that will move certification forward for Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT), Mission Critical Data (MCData) and Mission Critical Video (MCVideo) implementations, collectively known as MCX or MCS (Mission Critical Services). The initial actions of the taskforce will be completed during the first half of 2020.


IoTAS are full members of this joint task force which currently include:

Airbus, Alea, Anritsu, Dekra, DSB, du, Ericsson, German Federal Agency for Public Safety Digital Radio (BDBOS), ETSI, French Gendarmerie, Frequentis, Huawei, Hytera, Keysight, Leonardo, Motorola Solutions, MultiTech, Nemergent Solutions, Orange, Police Netherlands, Pro-M, Samsung, SmartViser, Sprint, Suomen Erillisverkot, Swissphone, Telecom Italia, UK Home Office, Umlaut, University of the Basque Country, and Zetron.


For more information of the GCF-TCCA Joint Task Force please follow this link.

If you are looking for advice, consultation and testing for your Mission Critical, Public Safety Push to Talk communication devices then call IoTAS today on +44 (0)1223 810010 to learn how we can help.