Sonim successfully integrates MCOP APIs

The Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) project, which is working to streamline the process required to bring standards-compliant mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) applications to market, has announced the successful integration of its APIs with the Sonim XP8 ultra-rugged smartphone, which supports Band 14 and FirstNet.

Sonim is a member of the MCOP Supporter Program, in which organisations commit to the principle of using standards and open interfaces. The XP8 is being demonstrated this week during the IWCE exhibition in Las Vegas.

Bittium, another device manufacturer has also taken the steps required to enable easy integration of multii-vendor MCPTT apps into mission-critical devices by supporting MCOP APIs and it was the first vendor to do so, demonstrating MCOP compliance at Critical Communications 2018 in Berlin.

MCOP works to ensure the smooth deployment of mission-critical applications over different MCPTT software development kits (SDKs), devices and chipsets and it states that all MCOP components are fully compliant with 3GPP standards. Developers, researchers and other practitioners can test, evaluate and validate their MCPTT applications through MCOP testing facilities.

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“As well as the considerable technical achievements of MCOP to date, the project has raised awareness of the need for professional MCPTT applications and the importance of open APIs and multi-vendor support,” said Fidel Liberal, MCOP project leader. “The key development support from our partner Bittium has catalysed interest from other device manufacturers, and we are delighted to welcome Sonim to the MCOP ecosystem.”

“Ensuring open standards, and compliant platforms is critical for a successful MCPTT ecosystem.” said Sonim Technologies VP Bob Escalle. “Sonim fully supports the work of the Mission Critical Open Platform project.”

The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) leads the MCOP project. Project partners are Bittium, Expway and TCCA. MCOP is a collaborative project with the financial assistance award 70NANB17H151 from the US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology through the Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program (PSIAP).