Airbus has released the latest version of the mission-critical group communication application Tactilon Agnet, which enables police officers or firefighters to communicate securely by LTE. It is fully interoperable with Tetra and Tetrapol and allows secure and flexible communication between LTE device users and Tetra or Tetrapol terminal users. The new version offers enhanced services, such as permanent geolocalisation, navigation, group positioning and user presence as well as status displays on the map for commanding officers.

Ensuring public safety

Generally, Tactilon Agnet facilitates operations of public safety agencies with standard functions, for example, exchange of pictures and videos, mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT), messaging functions, and voice communication.

“We have introduced a special Tactilon Agnet application variant. It runs on a tablet for field commanders of public safety who want to get the full picture of a situation. Tactilon Agnet allows them to follow each ongoing group communication,” explains Eric Davalo, Head of Strategy, Solution Portfolio and Engineering of Secure Land Communications at Airbus. “As a result, Tactilon Agnet enables missions to be carried out more efficiently.”

Offering full critical connectivity for smartphones

Tactilon Agnet users have all the essential information at their fingertips: they can immediately and securely send photos, data, and videos at the push of a button to a control room or colleagues. Apart from public safety, industrial, energy or transportation companies can easily incorporate this app into their Tetra or Tetrapol networks to enhance their secure group communications.

Tactilon Agnet offers full critical connectivity for smartphones. It is also evolving with the introduction of the LTE quality of service (QoS) management. Its mission-critical voice capabilities, such as group or individual calls, are aligned with the release of the international telecommunications standards of the Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), dealing with MCPTT functions of future PMR networks. The application’s multimedia functions, such as mission-critical data and video over LTE, are based on the principles of 3GPP’s release 14.

Tactilon Agnet’s new capabilities will be presented during the Critical Communications World 2017 exhibition at the Airbus stand C5, in Hong Kong, from 16th to 18th May, 2017.