Thales launches Fed4PMR

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Thales announced today, 18 May, that it is launching the Fed4PMR project, a laboratory for future secure high-data-rate 4G/LTE radiocommunications to allow security agencies and emergency services to securely share images, videos and data.

The group has formed a consortium with seven SMEs (Air-Lynx, Archos, Eolane- Douarnenez, Expway, Ibelem, Silicom and Sysoco) and researchers at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris to develop the key technological building blocks for a demonstrator which will be officially unveiled at the end of the 36-month project.

The goal of the Fed4PMR project is to define a unified broadband PMR (professional mobile radio) system spanning everything from user terminals to network operation. The proposed solution will combine multiple types of access networks (dedicated networks, virtual mobile networks, temporary networks) in a single infrastructure that will deliver real-time transmission of pictures and video, database hookups and other professional applications, to meet the needs of users conducting critical missions in difficult situations.

As project leader, Thales is in charge of integrating the various technologies to form a resilient and secure solution. It is also providing the multimedia-enabled PMR services to meet the requirements of mission-critical applications, such as group call and push-to-talk functionality. The SMEs in the consortium will be responsible for sensitive components of the solution including the development of dedicated, operated and deployable networks ; the delivery of mission-critical PMR services (terminal applications, command room applications) and interoperability with legacy systems; network operation and engineering, inventory management; and development of hardened terminals.

To prepare for future evolutions, researchers at Pierre et Marie Curie University will ensure that studies incorporate future 5G concepts.