Airbus Defence and Space introduces new app for multimedia group communication over LTE

Elancourt - 30 May 2016

Tactilon Agnet is compliant with the Mission Critical Push to Talk standard of 3GPP

Airbus Defence and Space presents Tactilon Agnet at the Critical Communications World (CCW) exhibition in Amsterdam, a group communication application over LTE for voice, data and video.

Tactilon Agnet’s next release, previously known as Tactilon TSA, offers more possibilities than the classical Push to Talk functions for voice calls. Previously, users with smartphones could initiate a group call. With Tactilon Agnet, a group member can also immediately and securely send photos and videos at the push of a button. For example, during a rescue mission, first responders can send photos of people in need of rescue to the control rooms. As a result, emergency personnel can work more quickly and successfully to locate and rescue people.

“Airbus Defence and Space has been very active in establishing clear terms of standards for Mission Critical Push to Talk products,” explains Eric Davalo, Head of Strategy, Solution Portfolio and Engineering of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. He points out that the new Tactilon Agnet will be available as scalable solution. “We consider this entire development as part of the evolution from our existing PMR systems to LTE in terms of mission-critical communication.”

Tactilon Agnet has also LTE Quality of Service (QoS) and multimedia capabilities, such as photos and videos. It is fully aligned with the standard Release 13 for Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPPT) of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a global organisation that sets international telecommunications standards. The multimedia functions of Tactilon Agnet are based already on the principles of future Release 14, focusing on Mission Critical enhancements like Mission Critical Data and Video over LTE.

Tactilon Agnet’s new capabilities will be presented at the Airbus and Defence and Space booth D 42 in hall 8 during the Critical Communication World exhibition in Amsterdam from May 31 to June 2, 2016.

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Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a division of Airbus Group, is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise and the second largest space business worldwide. Its activities include space, military aircraft and related systems and services. It employs more than 38,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of over 13 billion euros.

Secure Land Communications


Secure Land Communications (SLC), a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, develops, installs and maintains professional and land mobile radio (PMR/LMR) networks based on Tetra, Tetrapol and P25 technologies and offers a wide range of radio solutions and devices for customers worldwide. The portfolio also encompasses emergency response centres (911/112). SLC is a leader in PMR, with more than 280 radio networks in over 74 countries, and the US leader for 911 response centres with the VESTA 911 call handling solution serving more than 60% of the market. SLC employs nearly 1700 people in 20 countries. 

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