Welcome to MCOP
Towards Unified MCPTT APIs
The Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) is a collaborative project with the financial assistance award 70NANB17H151 from U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology through the Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program (PSIAP). MCOP aims at facing the challenges of the new MCPTT complex ecosystem through the definition, development and validation of a MCPTT UE Open Platform (MCOP) that identifies neat interfaces between the different technologies in the UEs, reduces the integration efforts and removes the entry barriers.
The selection of a general purpose radio technology such as LTE for public safety networks has the aim of addressing the classical problems from LMR systems, that result not only in expensive equipment but also very limited innovation capabilities when compared with the bustling Internet ecosystem and the new possibilities of new broadband cell networks and smartphones. The unanimous agreement by the sector towards LTE was only the first step; driven by most of the relevant stakeholders’ involvement, the 3GPP defined a complete suite of full-IP standards for providing MC-Voice. The resulting Rel’13 (and beyond) MCPTT communications puzzle comprises an impressive set of different technologies as follows: brand-new MC-grade Rel’13 compatible LTE access network including eMBMS capabilities and high priority QCIs, SIP/IMS Core, PCRF and BM-SC for QPP and multicast, and MCPTT application and configuration and support servers on the network side; similarly eMBMS and MCPTT set of protocols on the UE side. Building such a complex system demands the bringing together of different stakeholders with opposing interests even for development, research or testing purposes, and it is only affordable for a very limited set of key players in the world. Even the industry itself has acknowledged that this situation increases the time-to-market and results in duplicated no-added-value efforts. Thus, regardless of the apparent openness of the MCPTT standardized ecosystem, the resulting heterogeneity brings in practice new entry barriers, jeopardizes the involvement of new players, threatens the role of former OTT PTT solutions providers and local integrators –in comparison with big vendors- and reduces innovation possibilities. It questions the overall initial aim behind open standardized technology. This collaborative project aims at facing the new challenges of a complex ecosystem through the definition, development and validation of a MCPTT UE Open Platform (MCOP) that identifies neat interfaces between the different technologies in the UEs, reduces the integration efforts and removes the entry barriers.
16 SepMCOP API upgrade
As part of our focus of maintaining and upgrading the MCOP open APIs, we are proud to announce the latest refactoring and upgrade of the MCOP Unified Open Application API, the so called MUOAPI. The main feature comes with the update of the existing version to now support MCPTT, MCVideo…
16 JunPSCR 2020: The Digital Experience!
PSCR hosts an annual public safety broadband stakeholder meeting that brings together representatives from public safety, federal agencies, industry, and academia. Participants hear from PSCR engineers and researchers about testing updates, upcoming R&D efforts, and opportunities to get involved. PSCR invites industry leaders and public safety partners to present on…
05 MarMission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) Project Confirms Multi-vendor Support
Sonim XP8 Band 14/FirstNet-enabled Smartphone and Bittium Tough Mobile to Demo MCOP-compatible MCPTT Apps at IWCE 2019 IWCE Las Vegas, 05 March 2019: The Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) project, working to streamline the process of developing, testing and bringing to market standards-compliant Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) applications, has announced successful…
27 NovGetting to the Next Generation of Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk
December 12, 2018 - 2:00 pm ET Moderator: Donny Jackson, IWCE’s Urgent Communication Panelists: Chris Kindelspire, LMR to LTE Working Group Chair, NPSTC Sagi Subocki, VP Products and Marketing, Softil Dr. Fidel Liberal, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), and Project Leader, Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) Robert Escalle, Vice…
24 SepMCOP project launches Supporter Program to harness industry enthusiasm
First workshop for user equipment vendors planned for November September 24 2018: The halfway point in the first phase of the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) project has been marked by the launch of an official Supporter Program to harness the enormous amount of interest that the initiative is creating.…
29 JunFirst release of the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) source code for MCPTT apps and software development kit
29 June 2018 - College Station, Texas, USA: The first versions of the Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT) Open Source software development kit (SDK) and sample MCPTT app have been released by the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) project, during the second ETSI MCPTT Plugtests ongoing this week in…
20 MayTowards Open MCPTT Ecosystems: The MCOP Approach - CCW18
The MCOP project was part of the conferences that took place during the Critical Communication World in Berlin last week.
15 MayMCOP at CCWorld2018
MCOP showcasing simplicity of development for MCPTT applications at Critical Communications World 2018 in Berlin.
08 MayMCOP showcases simplicity of development
First release of MCOP SDK to be available at CCW Berlin 08 May 2018: Showcasing the ease with which mission critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) applications can be brought to market, the progress of the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) collaborative project will be demonstrated live at Critical Communications World (CCW) in…
02 MarWhy MCPTT Interoperability is Critical
Emil Olbrich’s article in March issue of Mission Critical Communications highlights the importance of MCPTT interoperability and how MCOP will help towards truly open ecosystems. Radio Resource Mission Critical Communications (website) Article on Mission Critical Communications March issue