Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor
The objective of the MCX Plugtests event is to validate the interoperability of a variety of implementations using different scenarios based on 3GPP Mission Critical Services in Release 14.
of mission-critical Broadband/LTE
ETSI, in partnership with ERILLISVERKOT (State Security Networks Group Finland) and the support of TCCA and the European Commission, organizes the fourth MCX Plugtests event which will take place from 23 to 27 September 2019 at the Savonia University of Applied Sciences, KUOPIO, FINLAND.
This 4th Plugtests™ event will focus on tests with radio equipment (eNBs, UEs, EPCs) with Unicast and Multicast support but will also allow Over-The-Top testing of Mission Critical Servers and Clients.
The concept of “Mission Critical Push To Talk” (MCPTT), “Mission Critical Data (MCData)” and “Mission Critical Video (MCVideo)” has been specified in 3GPP Releases 13, 14 and 15.
The purpose and scope of the MCX Plugtests events is to trial independently and jointly all components of the Mission Critical communication chain. The objective of the MCX Plugtests event is to validate the interoperability of a variety of implementations using different scenarios based on 3GPP Mission Critical Services in Release 14.
It will also help validate the 3GPP standards, provide a platform for vendors to test their implementation and products against each other, and ultimately achieve a single, interoperable, global standard. The MCX Plugtests are the first independent evaluations of public safety and mission critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) features and the interoperability of MCX products and services. Test cases will be based on the ETSI TS 103 564.
The fourth ETSI plugtest event will attract 34 vendors. The majority of these vendors participated in previous Plugtests.
When looking back, the first plugtest event, held at ETSI headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France, in the summer of 2017, involved 19 vendors and 47 test cases, with more than 900 tests performed.
The second plugtest event attracted 31 vendors, 120 on-site participants and more than 2100 tests run over the course of five days.
The third plugtest received commitment from 26 Vendors with more than 150 test cases. and 1000 tests performed.
List of participants for the 4th ETSI Plugtests
Armour Communications Ltd
Ecom Instruments GmbH
Funkwerk Systems GmbH
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Kontron Transportation (formerly Kapsch CarrierCom)
L3Harris Technologies, Inc
MCOP-University of the Basque Country
Motorola Solutions UK
Nemergent Solutions SL
Samsung Electronics Ind. Co., Ltd.
TD Tech Ltd
Austin Wireless LLC
DGGN – French Ministry of Interior
Global Certification Forum (GCF)
Suomen virveverkko Oy
The National Police of the Netherlands
The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB)