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First 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 Texas. The entire source code is available to download from the MCOP repository.

The MCOP SDK and sample MCPTT app facilitate the development of mission critical services by handling most of the complexity of MCPTT application development. The SDK implements all the protocols and signaling specified in 3GPP Release 13/14 MCPTT standards while providing neat APIS for both APP developers and UE vendors, the so called MCOP Unified Open API- MUOAPI, and Integration API, publicly available under resources section.

The MCOP project is designed to remove the entry barriers of multiple technologies and proprietary platforms. It ensures interoperability, and provides a catalyst for more players to enter the MCPTT market by making the business case more attractive. All MCOP components are fully compliant with 3GPP standards.

Released with the MCOP SDK, the sample MCPTT app serves as a simple proof of concept of what can be achieved in a few lines of code using the MCOP SDK. Both the app and the SDK can be remotely tested in a full 3GPP MCPTT system using the MCOP Testing platform.

Additionally, a SIM-authentication emulation plugin following the MCOP architecture is provided for those developers that have no access to a MCOP Integration API supporting device.

Fidel Liberal, MCOP project coordinator said “We are really excited to release this version of the MCOP SDK to the community. It will allow us to validate MCOP architecture and check it is proven to be useful for different stakeholders including user equipment vendors, apps and SDK developers, researchers and new mission critical communications practitioners.”

 

About MCOP

The MCOP project, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), aims to meet the challenges of the emerging and complex MCPTT ecosystem. The project, set to complete by mid-2019, will define, develop and validate an MCPTT client open platform that identifies neat open interfaces between the different technologies and reduce the integration efforts as well as a live and an online testbed for the applications. MCOP is led by the University of the Basque Country with partners Bittium, Expway and TCCA, supported by Nemergent.

For further information please contact editor@tcca.info  + 44 77 66 33 32 77

Towards 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.

MCOP at CCWorld2018

MCOP showcasing simplicity of development for MCPTT applications at Critical Communications World 2018 in Berlin.

MCOP 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 Berlin next week.

A full demo will be running on a real mission-critical grade LTE system, to include MCPTT capabilities such as multicast (eMBMS) and high priority bearer management with mission critical QoS Class Identifiers.

The first MCOP software development kit (SDK) release together with the MCOP API (application protocol interface) will be available. With the MCOP SDK it will be easy to develop mission critical MCPTT services. Most of the complexity of the mission critical application will be ‘hidden’ in the SDK, facilitating simple application development for the emerging MCPTT ecosystem.

All MCOP components are fully compliant with 3GPP standards. At the CCW event, different stakeholders will be able to test out the MCPTT technology first hand and see what can be achieved with a remarkably few lines of code.

MCOP is being designed to remove the entry barriers of multiple technologies and proprietary platforms. It will ensure interoperability, and provide a catalyst for more players to enter the MCPTT market by making the business case more attractive.

The MCOP project, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), aims to meet the challenges of the emerging and complex MCPTT ecosystem. The project, set to complete by mid-2019, will define, develop and validate an MCPTT client open platform that identifies neat open interfaces between the different technologies and reduce the integration efforts as well as a live and an online testbed for the applications. MCOP is led by the University of the Basque Country with partners Bittium, Expway and TCCA, supported by Nemergent.

Project co-ordinator Dr Fidel Liberal said: “The work of the MCOP partners will allow developers, public safety organisations and vendors to focus on assuring real mission critical-grade operation rather than having to spend time and resources on the communication complexity.”

MCOP will be on stand D49 at CCW. Dr Fidel Liberal is presenting the project progress at the CCW conference on May 16th at 12 noon.

The MCOP demo will also be available at the 2018 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder meeting in San Diego, USA 5-8 June 2018. In order to ensure the interoperability with other MCPTT implementations, MCOP will participate in the second ETSI MCPTT Plugtests event in Texas, USA 25-29 June 2018.

Contact: info@mcopenplatform.org or editor@tcca.info

Why 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

MCPTT Plugtest Webinar

TCCA will hold a webinar together with ETSI about the next MCPTT Plugtest on 16 Nov 2017, where MCOP will also be presented.

The webinar will be hosted by Radio Resource International Magazine.

Webinar registration page

MCOP project at TCCA PPDR Apps Workshop

TCCA’s Leading edge PPDR (Public Protection and Disaster Relief) applications workshop took place Thursday 12 October in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The MCOP project was presented at the event by TCCA’s Harald Ludwig.

First complete multi-vendor MC-PTT multicast integration

MCOP partners Expway, Bittium and MCPTT provider Nemergent announced the successful demonstration of a 3GPP Rel13 compliant end-to-end multicast group calls with Mission Critical eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services) bearers.

The three companies integrated their products over standard compliant interfaces on the core side (MB2-C/U) and between the MC-PTT Application Server and Application Clients.

Expway, Nemergent and Bittium Successfully Demonstrate The World’s First eMBMS-capable MC-PTT Integration

Such achievement will for sure push MCOP integration activities.

TCCA and MCOP on Radio Resource Magazine

TCCA's Tony Gray introduces MCOP initiative for the Mission Critical Communications Magazine

Mission Critical Communications - TCCA's Gray Looks to New LTE-Based Initiatives

MCOP website launched

MCOP project website draft was launched on Sept 2017.

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