TCCA issues broadband app advice for public safety

The organisation has published an advisory guide focussing on the adoption of mission critical broadband applications.

According to a statement, the white paper in question emphasises a standards-based approach, essential to “help ensure interoperability, a multi-vendor choice of products, and a thriving ecosystem that benefits all stakeholders.” It looks at key considerations for development and deployment by mission critical organisations, with a particular emphasis on the user experience.

Discussing the need for the document, a spokesperson for the organisation said: “The increasing use of broadband applications by first responders to augment existing mission critical voice and narrowband data services is catalysing a focus on the quality of ‘mission critical’ applications.

“Unlike consumer apps, mission critical apps need to achieve end-to-end mission critical quality of service [QoS] levels, in terms of priority, pre-emption, availability, security and resilience. This means that their successful deployment and management is a complex task.”

The taskforce for this area of work inn TCCA’s Critical Communications Broadband Group was led by Motorola Solutions’ Tim Clark. He said: “To be truly mission critical, applications must rely on an end-to-end ecosystem that can support the necessary QoS to ensure user trust. From secure hosting environments for the application servers, through the transport and cellular networks to the devices and their associated operating systems, each needs to be mission critical in its own right.”

TCCA CCBG chair, Tero Pesonen, said: “As critical communications move more and more to information-centric operations, applications and their parallel co-existence, operation and maintenance become ever more vital. This white paper is the result of significant voluntary contributions from TCCA members, working for the common good to build sustainable best practices for the broadband era.”

Read the full paper here.