CCW 2016: Airbus DS introduces new LTE application and cell system
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Airbus Defence and Space has introduced two new LTE products at Critical Communications World with the launch of its Tactilon Agnet, a group communication application over LTE, and the unveiling of a new Tactilon Cell that can provide LTE services where there is no fixed infrastructure available.

Tactilon Agnet’s release (previously known as Tactilon TSA) offers “more possibilities than the classical Push-to-Talk [PTT] functions for voice calls”, claims Airbus DS, as the Agnet version allows group members to send photos and videos at the push of a button. The previous system was limited to users with smartphones being able to initiate group calls.

This capability allows public safety groups such as first responders to send photos of people in need of rescue to the control rooms to allow emergency personnel to work more efficiently to locate and rescue people. Tactilon Agnet has also LTE Quality of Service (QoS) and multimedia capabilities, such as photos and videos. It is fully aligned with the standard Release 13 for Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPPT) of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a global organisation that sets international telecommunications standards.

The multimedia functions of Tactilon Agnet are already based on the principles of future Release 14, focusing on Mission Critical enhancements like Mission Critical Data and Video over LTE.

“Airbus Defence and Space has been very active in establishing clear terms of standards for Mission Critical Push to Talk products,” explains Eric Davalo, head of strategy, solution portfolio and engineering of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. The new Tactilon Agnet will also be available as scalable solution. “We consider this entire development as part of the evolution from our existing PMR systems to LTE in terms of mission-critical communication,” added Davalo.

Tactilon Agnet’s new capabilities will be presented at the Airbus and Defence and Space booth D42 in hall 8 during CCW in Amsterdam.

Airbus Defence and Space unveils stand-alone LTE solution for public safety organisations

Tactilon_Cell_Airbus_DS_1.jpegTactilon Cell

The newly unvieled Tactilon Cell is a small and transportable system for running small LTE-networks during such instances where there are anti-terror campaigns, large events or rescue missions.

The compact and energy efficient broadband solution offers various mobile broadband services for security and public safety organisations that need a communication infrastructure at very short notice, especially in remote locations. It can be transported by one person and is suitable for cars and other vehicles.

The cell includes terminals like the new Tactilon Dabat, a base station, LTE software and an apps server for mission-specific applications such as the Tactilon Agnet multimedia group communication. All the cell features comply with the latest standards according to the releases of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a global organisation that sets international telecommunications standards. It can be integrated into a fixed LTE network.

“For those who are in need of a small LTE network, the Tactilon Cell is an excellent solution. It makes a difference, because it can be installed quickly, easily and flexibly in places where a communication infrastructure is not available,” adds Davalo.

The Tactilon Cell will also be presented at the Airbus DS booth.

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