MCOP project confirms multivendor support

Thursday, 07 March, 2019

MCOP project confirms multivendor support

The Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) project has announced successful integration with the Sonim XP8 ultra-rugged smartphone.

The MCOP project is working to streamline the process of developing, testing and bringing to market standards-compliant, mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) applications.

Sonim joins MCOP project partner Bittium in enabling easy integration of multivendor MCPTT apps into mission-critical devices by supporting open MCOP APIs. Sonim is a member of the MCOP Supporter Program, through which organisations commit to the principle of using standards and open interfaces.

MCOP ensures smooth deployment of mission-critical applications over different MCPTT SDKs, devices and chipsets. All MCOP components are fully compliant with 3GPP standards.

In addition, developers, researchers and other practitioners can test, evaluate and validate their MCPTT applications through MCOP testing facilities.

“As well as the considerable technical achievements of MCOP to date, the project has raised awareness of the need for professional MCPTT applications and the importance of open APIs and multivendor support,” said Fidel Liberal, MCOP Project Leader.

“The key development support from our partner Bittium has catalysed interest from other device manufacturers, and we are delighted to welcome Sonim to the MCOP ecosystem.”

“Ensuring open standards and compliant platforms is critical for a successful MCPTT ecosystem,” said Sonim Technologies VP Bob Escalle. “Sonim fully supports the work of the Mission Critical Open Platform project.”

Bittium, with its Android-based Tough Mobile smartphone, was the first device manufacturer to demonstrate MCOP compliance at Critical Communications World 2018 in Berlin.

The Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) is a collaborative project with the financial assistance award 70NANB17H151 from US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology through the Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program (PSIAP).

The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) leads the MCOP project, with partners Bittium, Expway and TCCA.

Image courtesy MCOP.

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