Today, governmental authorities such as police, rescue, border guards, and other public safety organizations, as well as critical businesses such as energy and power companies and public transportation use communication solutions that are based on specific standards, specific technologies and dedicated networks. The related business models have the same approach.
As a rule, government controlled operators are in charge of these critical communication networks.
These critical communication networks provide services that match the very demanding needs of the authorities and critical businesses. The services are also very secure, reliable, and available also in critical situations. This is very much thanks to the networks being dedicated to the specific user groups.
General ICT technologies are developing fast and offer new possibilities also for the users of critical communication networks.
Consumer mobile internet services and smart devices are something that public safety and critical businesses also find interesting and attractive.
Today, standard IT technologies are increasingly applied also in critical communications - COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) server platforms, IP networking, and virtualized resources are becoming more common. The standardization is changing as well.
From the beginning of 2015, the 3GPP (the standardization organization in charge of 3G/4G/5G technologies) has adopted the leading role in the standardization of next generation mission critical broadband solutions. It is likely that this will lead to the convergence of commercial mobile technologies and critical communication networks. It is possible that standard 4G/5G mobile technologies will be applied also in critical communications.
The Airbus Defence and Space subsidiary Secure Land Communications is a leading company in the global critical communications market and the market leader in large, nationwide public safety networks. For the company and its customers, the developing technologies are a great opportunity. It will be possible to introduce new capabilities such as the use of smart devices, video applications and big data analytics to authorities and critical businesses.
What remains the same are the requirements of these demanding users: uncompromised security and very high reliability and availability. The special operational models require instant group communications, and this is an essential requirement today and also in the future.
Significant research and development is needed before new technologies can be adopted in critical communications in a large scale. For example, these questions need answers before new technologies can be brought into operation:
Secure Land Communications is working in different domains, including standardization, research and development, to overcome the challenges related to the adoption of new technologies. The goal is to introduce new capabilities to customers. Capabilities which would improve the safety and security of all of us and meet the stringent requirements at the same time.
The goal for Secure Land Communications is to provide its customers with a smooth evolution path towards mission-critical broadband - to next generation solutions that can deliver secure and highly available critical communications services.
After all, we owe it to public safety and critical businesses communications that they can enter the new world of new technologies with confidence.
Solutions from Secure Land Communications are the basis for a smooth evolution path.
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