Huawei launched its eLTE Multimedia Critical Communications System (eLTE MCCS) at Critical Communications World 2018. eLTE MCCS is an end-to-end solution equipped with ultra-reliable multimedia communications capabilities tailored for the public safety sector.
Bringing together platforms, networks and terminals to achieve comprehensive awareness of situations, multi-service collaboration and capabilities enabling dispatching anywhere as required, Huawei envisions that this solution will “help the public safety sector make every corner of our world a safer place to live in”.
Dynamic development of ICT technologies supporting multimedia functions like transmission of voice, images and video, and real-time global positioning across an array of mobile apps has transformed the way people live through their smartphones and wireless technologies by making everyday activities such as shopping, dining, commuting and even accommodation arrangements more convenient than ever.
But even as society has become more efficient, specialised domains such as public safety have lagged in the development of technology and apps and continue to rely on narrowband networks that essentially provide little more than voice, thus limiting response time, efficiency and decision-making precision in city management, incident management, emergency response and disaster relief.
eLTE MCCS enables creation of a unified service and closing of technological gaps by interconnecting narrowband systems, video surveillance and GIS systems through a mobile service convergence platform. This platform would enable gradual phasing out of existing narrowband networks and upgrading to new networks while maintaining provision of services and protecting the investments customers have already made in narrowband networks.
In consideration of the different conditions customers operate under, eLTE MCCS provides differentiated network products that meet different standards such as those by 3GPP, ITU and MulteFire. The solution also encompasses various series of terminals and equipment designed to be used for voice and video by individuals and on cars, motorbikes and others, covering the diverse scenarios in the public safety sector.
Eric Sun, president of Enterprise Wireless Business at Huawei said, “eLTE MCCS has added value to services on three levels – Dispatching Anywhere, Comprehensive Awareness and Multi-service Collaboration — through its scenario-based design of platforms, networks and terminals.”
eLTE MCCS’ Dispatching Anywhere capability provides ubiquitous multimedia dispatching of voice, video and data that allows streamlining of the last kilometer in police cloud operations, enabling smart policing, and the agile use of resources such as police cloud video and data.
The Comprehensive Awareness product series includes equipment used by individual police officers, vehicle-mounted equipment, mobile control cameras, drones, IoT sensors and others gear that helps achieve comprehensive awareness of situations and a system of safeguards comprising voice, video and data. Synergising mobile video cloud, fixed video cloud and public social networks allows prediction of safety hazards rather than mere prevention, increases deterrence, raises efficiency and provides trustable multimedia evidence for law enforcement.
The Multi-Service Collaboration solution makes smooth connections among public communications networks and current narrowband trunking systems (such as P25/Tetra/DMR) possible, safeguards installed base assets and allows convergence of data across different networks. With eLTE MCCS, data no longer needs to be exchanged between officers repeatedly; instead, a one-off exchange with the system will suffice. This simplifies the work of the police and raises the efficiency of collaboration.
By year-end 2017, Huawei had cemented its position as the number one player in private broadband networks with its eLTE critical communications solution successfully deployed on 233 public safety broadband networks worldwide.