Secure Chorus’ Interoperability Standards and Emergency Services

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
11:30 AM – 13:00 PM
Level39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB

Secure Chorus will be hosting a member-only Thought Leadership Platform (TLP) addressing the development of bespoke interoperability standards to connect “Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk” (MCPTT) with enterprise-grade messaging apps developed by some of Secure Chorus’ members.

Historically, emergency services have relied on dedicated radio systems to provide mission-critical communication services. The ‘Project 25’ standard was adopted in North America, while Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) has become widely used in 114 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean and South America. Since the development of TETRA however, commercial mobile infrastructure has undergone a complete transformation, with the universal take up of 4G.

Consideration is being given to augmenting or replacing TETRA with an interoperable standard that leverages public mobile telephony infrastructure – the Mission-Critical family of standards, developed by 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The term MCPTT refers to Push-to-Talk solutions that can support the requirements of emergency services applications. To meet this requirement, 3GPP has developed a set of standards that has been extended to include “Mission-Critical Data” and “Mission-Critical Video”, with the suite of applications services collectively termed “MCX”

While the standards developed by 3GPP ensure interoperability between users of MCPTT systems, in certain scenarios, emergency services organisations may also need to communicate securely with other stakeholders that may not be users of typical emergency services equipment on a day-to-day basis.

One of the solutions for users not using MCPTT on a day-to-day basis is to adopt communication applications developed by some of Secure Chorus’ members. These are communication applications that provide the benefits of MIKEY-SAKKE and its unique key management approach. Because some of Secure Chorus’ members that are communication application developers have products which contain MIKEY-SAKKE, there is now a much lower bar to developing interoperability standards to connect MCPTT with these communication apps.


11:30 AM – 11:40 AM Welcome Remarks
Elisabetta Zaccaria, Chairman Secure Chorus
11:40 AM – 12:55 PM Roundtable Discussion
Chaired by Dr Andy Lilly, Armour Communications
12:55 PM – 13:00 PM  Closing Remarks
 Elisabetta Zaccaria, Chairman Secure Chorus

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